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Juventus 4-0 Catania: Conte's men thump 10-man visitors

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Juventus 4-0 Catania: Conte's men thump 10-man visitors
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Juventus 4-0 Catania: Conte's men thump 10-man visitors
Juventus stayed hot on the heels of Serie A leader Roma with a massive 4-0 win over Catania in Turin on Wednesday.

The Bianconeri had only lost once in 12 league matches against Catania since 2006, and the visitors rarely looked like improving on that record as the champions controlled proceedings throughout.

Antonio Conte made three changes from Juve's 2-0 win over Genoa on Sunday, with the most notable alteration seeing Claudio Marchisio replace Paul Pogba, while Catania changed four players.

Carlos Tevez was particularly lively in the first 10 minutes as he fired just over from 20 yards, before volleying straight at Mariano Andujar after latching on to Leonardo Bonucci’s lofted pass.

Juventus had been unlucky in front of goal, but it opened the scoring 26 minutes in as Arturo Vidal’s low shot was deflected past the helpless Andujar.

A few moments later the referee ignored Tevez’s penalty claims as former Juve man Nicola Legrottaglie barged the Argentina international over, but the hosts did double their lead in the 34th minute thanks to a pin-point Andrea Pirlo free kick.

Catania coach Luigi De Canio saw his side begin the second half well, but Bruno Petkovic spurned two chances as he headed off target from a free-kick before rounding Gianluigi Buffon and shooting wide.

Tevez put the game beyond all doubt with 25 minutes to go as he coolly took the ball past Andujar and poked into an empty net, but the hosts were not finished yet.

Juve got its fourth goal of the game 71 minutes in as Bonucci found the net from close range after good work down the left by Giovinco.

With six minutes left, Guarente received a straight red card for a tough tackle on Marchisio, compounding Catania's defeat as Juve completed a 23nd consecutive league match with a goal.

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