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Higuain powers Juve to home record

Published:Monday | January 9, 2017 | 1:00 AM
Juventus's Gonzalo Higuain celebrates after scoring during a Serie A match between Juventus and Bologna at Juventus Stadium in Turin, Italy, yesterday. Juventus won 3-0.

ROME (AP):

It's no coincidence that Juventus have won Serie A every season since the Juventus Stadium opened in September 2011.

The Bianconeri have been virtually unbeatable in the Italian league's only major club-owned stadium and improved on their own Serie A record with a 26th consecutive home win yesterday.

Gonzalo Higuain scored his fourth brace of the season as Juventus beat Bologna 3-0.

Juventus held the previous record of 25 straight home wins, established at the stadium between 2013 and 2015.

The current streak began against Bologna on Oct. 24, 2015, and Bologna never really had a chance to prevent the latest record.

Higuain opened the scoring with a volley from a lobbed pass from Miralem Pjanic seven minutes in, Paulo Dybala added a penalty before the break and then Higuain headed in another early in the second half.

Juventus, which still have a game in hand, restored their four-point lead over Roma, which beat Genoa 1-0 earlier.

Lazio also won 1-0, over struggling Crotone with a last-minute goal from Ciro Immobile after Lucas Biglia hit the crossbar with a penalty in the first half.

Lazio are fourth, one point behind third-placed Napoli, which beat Sampdoria 2-1 on Saturday.

Fresh off their Italian Super Cup win over Juventus, fifth-placed AC Milan needed a late goal to beat visiting Cagliari 1-0.

Carlos Bacca scored from close range two minutes from the end after being set up by Gianluca Lapadula.

Cagliari ended with 10 men when Bruno Alves was sent off for pulling down Bacca just outside the area to prevent a clear scoring opportunity in added time.

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Earlier, Ivan Perisic scored twice and seventh-placed Inter Milan came from a goal down to beat Udinese 2-1 and win their fourth straight game.

Perisic equalised in first-half added time, slotting a shot inside the near post after receiving a pass from Mauro Icardi, then headed in from a free kick three minutes from the end.

It was the first brace in Serie A for Perisic, a Croatia international who joined Inter from Wolfsburg in 2015.

Jakub Jankto, a 20-year-old Czech midfielder, had put Udinese ahead early in the first half after being set up by French talent Seko Fofana.

Atalanta revived their chances of finishing in the Europa League spots with a convincing 4-1 win at Chievo Verona.

Domenico Berardi returned from a long injury layoff for Sassuolo in a 0-0 draw with Torino.

The Pescara-Fiorentina match was postponed due to too much snow and ice inside and around the Stadio Adriatico.