Juve cruise past Cesena to go top
Juventus moved back to the top of Serie A with a comfortable 2-0 win over a cautious Cesena at the Juventus Stadium.
The home side deserved their win as they dominated from start to finish against a side whose only intent was clearly to snatch a 0-0 draw.
Juve were hungry to return to the top of Serie A after seeing both Udinese and AC Milan move above them this weekend and the ball was practically confined to the Cesena half for the entire match.
The first chance for the host team came in the seventh minute when Alessandro Matri slipped and sent his shot over the bar from a good position. A minute later, Simone Pepe lifted the ball over the Cesena defence to send Vidal through, but the Chilean tried to pull the ball across goal for a team-mate rather than shooting with only Antonioli to beat.
Cesena resisted well for the first 45 minutes, but Juve moved up a gear in the second half. Mirko Vucinic's shot was parried by Antonioli and Pepe shot straight at the Cesena goalkeeper on the rebound in the 50th minute.
Pepe then headed just wide of the post from Giorgio Chiellini's deep cross. Cesena's one and only shot on goal arrived in the 65th minute with Raphael Martinho's effort straight at Gianluigi Buffon, who was given a rare touch of the ball.
Ten minutes later, Marchisio finally broke the deadlock with his sixth goal of the season. He received the ball on the edge of the penalty area and turned on to his favoured left foot to shoot low into the bottom right-hand corner.
A dubious penalty decision then gave Juve the chance to make it two as Antonioli was sent off for a foul on Giaccherini, who took a tumble over the Cesena number one before he saw he had earned a penalty.
Guillermo Rodriguez went in goal since all three substitutes had already been used, but he could do nothing to deny Vidal from scoring the second. He did deny Fabio Quagliarella a third in the 89th minute, though, preventing any further damage for the Serie A strugglers.