Juventus‘ overwhelming display against their relegation threatened hosts, Carpi at the Stadio Alberto Braglia, has placed the Bianconeri only three points behind the current Serie A leaders, Internazionale di Milano. Mario Mandzukic’s first half brace aided Juventus their seventh consecutive victory in the Serie A.
All did not look well for la Vecchia Signora, Marco Borriello netted for the hosts from Modena inside the first fifteen minutes of the game. Manzdukic would respond for Juventus barely three minutes after the Italian Borriello took the lead. The Croatian forward went on to score his second goal of the match, his ninth in all competitions, just before halftime. Patrice Evra created the goal; the French left back easily defeated his mark before heading to the opposing byline. Evra would then beautifully chip a cross to the high rising Mario Manzdukic. The Croatian striker would power a header downward through the Carpi goalkeeper Vid Belec’s legs.
After the restart it would take the visitors another six minutes to end the match. Claudio Marchisio acquired the ball with a lot of space in the middle of the pitch. The Italian midfielder sent a phenomenally lofted pass over the Carpi defense for the on-running Paul Pogba. The French midfielder controlled the ball in a stone cold manner and poked the ball pass the outstretching Belec, 1-3 to Juventus.
The hosts from Modena did in fact achieve a lifeline towards the end of the match when Juventus loanee Luca Marrone whipped in a cross into the Juventus box. The ball failed to find another Carpi player but found itself on the foot of the unsuspecting Leonardo Bonucci. The own goal in the last two minutes of the match gave Carpi a lifeline but the hosts failed to equalize in the end.
La Vecchia Signora will be entertaining Hellas Verona when they get back from the Christmas Break that is taken in Serie A. Juventus go into this holiday break sitting in fourth place with 33 points in front of fifth place Roma by one point and behind third place Napoli by two points.