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Juventus 3-1 Cagliari: Serie A 2018/19 week 11 result, report

Juventus saw off a spirited Cagliari side at Allianz Stadium courtesy of strikes by Dybala and Cuadrado, and an own goal by Bradaric.

Juventus 3-1 Cagliari: Serie A 2018/19 week 11 result, report

Juventus 3-1 Cagliari: match report

Juventus reasserted their six-point advantage at the top of Serie A with victory over Cagliari in a highly watchable encounter at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.

With title rivals Inter Milan and Napoli both winning earlier in the weekend, Massimiliano Allegri's men knew they needed to claim all three points against the Rossoblu to avoid seeing their lead cut, and did just that with what is their fifth straight triumph over the Sardinians.

Cagliari cancel out Dybala opener in even first half in Turin

Dybala celebrates his first-minute opener for Juve.
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Dybala celebrates his first-minute opener for Juve.ALESSANDRO DI MARCOEFE

But although Paulo Dybala put the hosts ahead with a first-minute goal that was their quickest in Serie A since 2012, Cagliari gave as good as they got in the opening period and were deservedly level shortly after the half-hour mark, when Joao Pedro fired low past Wojciech Szczesny at his near post.

Bradaric o.g., late Cuadrado strike ensure win for hosts

However, Cagliari's Filip Bradaric turned Douglas Costa's cross into his own net moments later to put Juve back on course for victory and, after a second 45 which, in the main, was controlled by the hosts, substitute Juan Cuadrado sealed the points late on, finishing from close range after collecting Cristiano Ronaldo's pass.

Cuadrado celebrates scoring Juventus' third against Cagliari.
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Cuadrado celebrates scoring Juventus' third against Cagliari.MARCO BERTORELLOAFP

Having registered 10 wins and a draw so far in Serie A, it is the Bianconeri's best ever start to a league campaign after 11 games.

Juventus 3-1 Cagliari: as it happened

Juventus vs Cagliari: Serie A match preview

Juventus host Cagliari at Allianz Stadium tonight (20:30 CET) aiming to re-establish their six-point lead at the top of Serie A after big wins for title rivals Inter Milan and Napoli this weekend.

After Napoli thumped lowly Empoli 5-1 at San Paolo on Friday night, Inter responded by thrashing Genoa 5-0 in Milan this afternoon to put pressure on leaders Juve - although recent history points to the Bianconeri reasserting their advantage at the head of the table.

Juventus unbeaten against Cagliari in nine years

A 1-1 draw at Genoa two weeks ago was the only time that the Italian champions, winners of the last seven Serie A titles, have not tasted victory this season, with the Vecchia Signora's record in all competitions currently reading: 12 wins, one draw and no defeats.

What's more, Cagliari - once coached by current Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri - have not beaten the Vecchia Signora in any of the sides' last 15 meetings, in a run stretching back to 2009, and have lost their last four against the Turin giants without even scoring.

Cagliari on good recent run of Serie A form

However, the Rossoblu arrive in northern Italy off the back of a good sequence of recent results that has seen Rolando Maran's men take seven points from their past three Serie games, with a draw at Fiorentina sandwiched between victories over Bologna and, last time out, Chievo.


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