Champions Juventus made a strong debut into the 2017/2018 Serie A season, winning 3-0, in Turin, against Cagliari.
On Allianz Stadium, the two teams started as follows:
Juventus (4-2-3-1): Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Rugani, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Marchisio (62′ Khedira), Pjanic; Cuadrado (74′ Douglas Costa), Dybala, Mandzukic; Higuain (71′ Matuidi).
Cagliari (4-4-2): Cragno; Padoin (63′ Joao Pedro), Pisacane, Andreolli, Capuano; Faragò, Cigarini (80′ Dessena), Ionita, Barella; Farias, Cop (80′ Sau).
The Old Lady dominated the game from the beginning and it didn’t take them long to open the score.
1-0: In the 12th minute, Mario Mandzukic received a brilliant lofted pass in the box from Stephan Lichtsteiner. The Croatian forward calmly controlled the ball and sent a nice shot into the bottom left corner.
In the 37th minute, Cagliari appealed for a penalty after a clumsy intervention of Alex Sandro. Initially, the referee allowed the play to go on, with Cagliari winning a corner kick. But benefitting from the help of the VAR system, Fabio Maresca, the central referee, turned the decision and awarded Cagliari a penalty.
Penalty Cagliari: Diego Faria took the penalty for Cagliari, but Gianluigi Buffon managed to save his shot. The score remained 1-0.
2-0: In the first minute of added time, Pjanic showed great vision to find Paulo Dybala in the box. The Argentinian wasted no time and took an excellent shot that found its way into the top right corner.
Half-time: Juventus dominated the first half and the two teams headed to the cabins with the score of 2-0.
In the 47th minute, Dybala again found himself with the ball at his feet inside the opponent’s box. He immediately took a shot, but his effort crashed against the crossbar.
3-0: In the 66th minute, Gonzalo Higuain got himself on the scoresheet. The Argentinian received a good ball in the box from Alex Sandro and cooly sent the ball into the bottom right corner, no chance for Cagliari’s goalkeeper.
In the 71st minute, Blaise Matuidi, who was just transferred from PSG, made his debut for Juventus. The French midfielder replaced Gonzalo Higuain.
Three minutes later, another player was handed his Serie A debut. Douglas Costa, the former winger of Bayern Munich, came on for Juan Cuadrado.
Full-time: Not much else happened until the end and after four minutes of added time, the referee signalled the end of the match. Juventus ran out deserved winners and are off to a great start in the new Serie A season.