Cracking Krasic condemns Cagliari
Juventus returned to winning ways tonight, although clear deficiencies in defence took the shine off a polished attacking performance.
Milos Krasic was the hero for the Bianconeri with a hat-trick while Leonardo Bonucci was also on target for the hosts in this Serie A clash. Alessandro Matri scored twice for the visitors, making the Juve defence look worryingly disorganised each time.
It was clear from the outset that Juve were desperate to bounce back from their defeat to Palermo in midweek. Vincenzo Iaquinta and Amauri, who were leading the Bianconeri attack with Alessandro Del Piero dropped to the bench, both combined with the latter unable to find the target with a header from close range in the fifth minute.
Juve took a deserved lead in the 13th minute when Pepe's free-kick was cleared to the edge of the area, where Krasic volleyed the ball with precision into the bottom corner.
Cagliari levelled seven minutes later with Matri taking advantage of a glaring error from the Juve defence. Not one man in black and white was near him as he stretched a leg out to divert Andrea Lazzari's cross in from five yards.
Juve regained their earlier momentum and moved back ahead 10 minutes before the break when Krasic beat Alessandro Agostini to the ball at the far post and, with an outstretched leg, nudged Pepe's cross over the line. Iaquinta could have made it three before the break, but his shot was saved by Michael Agazzi in a one-on-one situation.
Juve's third goal arrived in the 57th minute when a goalmouth scramble following Pepe's corner culminated in the ball bouncing off Bonucci's knee and crossing the line before Iaquinta's touch made sure.
Krasic completed his hat-trick in the 70th minute with a bit of luck as his shot deflected off the knee of Davide Astori, wrong-footing Agazzi in the Cagliari goal.
The visitors went down fighting, though, as Nene fired over the crossbar from six yards before the same combination for the first goal earned the Sardinians a second consolation.
Again, the Juve defence left a gaping hole for Matri to exploit and, with just one touch, he diverted Lazzari's through-ball past goalkeeper Marco Storari. Fortunately for Luigi Delneri's side, Krasic had already done enough to win the match with his hat-trick.