JUVENTUS 3-0 PALERMO 

 GOALS: Pepe 20, Matri 49, Marchisio 65 

 JUVENTUS 

Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio (Pazienza 77); Pepe, Matri (Del Piero 81), Vucinic (Quagliarella 68)
Substitutes not used: Storari, De Ceglie, Elia, Giaccherini. 
Manager: Conte 

PALERMO 

Tzorvas; Pisano, Silvestre, Cetto (Della Rocca 59), Balzaretti; Barreto, Bacinovic, Migliaccio; Ilicic, Bertolo (Zahavi 46); Miccoli 
Substitutes not used: Benussi, Mantovani, Munoz, Acquah, Lores. 
Manager: Mangia 

REFEREE: Bergonzi 
ASSISTANTS: Di Liberatore, Padovan 
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Peruzzo 
BOOKED: Balzaretti 46, Pisano 85 


Juventus reclaimed their spot at the top of Serie A courtesy of a 3-0 victory over Palermo. Antonio Conte’s men capped off their return to championship action with a dominant display against the Rosanero. Pepe put the Bianconeri in the driving seat with a close-range header midway through the first half, while Matri and Marchisio found the target after the break to round off a fine team performance. 


 As expected, Conte named an unchanged side from the 2-1 away win over Inter. Barzagli was passed fit following a knock sustained on international duty and took his place alongside Bonucci at the heart of the Bianconeri defence. And there was a welcome return for Iaquinta, with the striker included amongst the substitutes after a long injury layoff. 


 Juventus enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges and carved out their first opportunity as early as the third minute. Pirlo turned and twisted inside the area and clipped the ball towards Chiellini, but the defender failed to make accurate contact and saw his headed effort bounce narrowly wide. 


 But the Bianconeri had to remain alert to the clever movement of playmaker Ilicic. However, the Slovenian came up against an inspired Buffon, who smothered his tenth-minute attempt to safety. 


 A strong spell of Bianconeri possession then followed, with Lichtsteiner and Chiellini looking to bomb forward at every available opportunity. And Chiellini’s persistence soon paid off as Pepe steered the full-back’s neat centre past Tzorvas to register his second goal of the campaign. 


 It could have been two ten minutes later as Pirlo was given time and space to drive at the heart of the Rosanero defence. The midfielder struck a curling effort from the edge of the area and was unlucky to see the ball cannon agonisingly off the upright. 


 Despite having struggled to find their form on the road so far this season, Mangia’s men remained a threat on the break and Buffon was again required to keep Ilicic at bay, sprawling to his left to thwart the midfielder’s goalbound attempt. 


 Normal service, however, was resumed three minutes after the break, as Matri scampered forward and struck a low drive which nestled in the bottom corner. Two-nil, and the Bianconeri were in full command. 


Vucinic looked to get in on the act and went desperately close to extending the lead, sending a curling attempt just wide of Tzorvas’ left-hand post. 


 But the striker eventually had to settle for an assist as Juventus turned on the style for goal number three. The Montenegrin delivered a low pass in the area and Matri executed a perfectly timed dummy, allowing the ball to run through to Marchisio. The ‘Little Prince’ made no mistake at the back post, taking one touch to control before lashing home. 


 With the stadium in raptures and the fans cheering every touch, Conte elected to make a number of changes, introducing Quagliarella, Pazienza and Del Piero in place of Vucinic, Marchisio and Matri respectively.
 Former Juventus striker Miccoli had a couple of half-chances in the closing stages, but the Bianconeri comfortably saw out the rest of the game by controlling the play and pressing their opposition in numbers. 


The three points see Conte’s men go level with Lazio, with next week’s battle between the sides in Rome already shaping up to be a mouth-watering encounter.