Juventus move top of Serie A with 2-1 home win over Cagliari

Juventus moved top of the Serie A standings with a 2-1 home win over lowly Cagliari on Saturday as defenders Bremer and Daniele Rugani scored in the second half to secure a fifth consecutive win.

Juventus, who are unbeaten in Serie A since the end of September, top the standings with 29 points, one ahead of Inter Milan who host mid-table Frosinone on Sunday.

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"Fortunately (the goal we conceded) was irrelevant," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri told DAZN.

"We need to be more effective in the last pass. The lads have an extraordinary spirit and they know that to bring home a win they have to play like this. Now we are more compact than at the beginning of the season."

Neither side had a shot on target in the first half but Federico Chiesa had an early chance for Juventus after the break which was saved by Cagliari keeper Simone Scuffet.

Juve had another opportunity through Filip Kostic but the Serbia midfielder's shot from a tight angle was also stopped by Scuffet.

Bremer broke the deadlock on the hour mark with a towering header from a Kostic cross and Rugani doubled the lead 10 minutes later, bundling the ball in with his chest after hitting the bar following a corner.

Bremer celebrates after scoring Juventus' opening goal in their Serie A win over Cagliari.
Bremer celebrates after scoring Juventus' opening goal in their Serie A win over Cagliari.
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Cagliari briefly silenced the Juventus Stadium when they pulled one back in the 75th minute through defender Alberto Dossena who nodded home from a corner.

After six consecutive clean sheets, Juventus conceded their first goal since the 4-2 loss at Sassuolo on Sept. 23.

Juve host Inter in a top-of-the-table clash on Nov. 26, following the international break.

"Inter are favourites for the Scudetto with AC Milan and Napoli a little behind," Allegri added.

"They are a team that has been built for years to win the championship and this year they are the number one favourite. Today's victory is useful for us to stretch the lead over those behind."

Cagliari, who last weekend climbed out of the relegation zone with a 2-1 win over Genoa, are 17th on nine points.