Juventus overwhelm Sevilla to stay perfect in Champions League
Juventus may be struggling in Serie A but it is a different story in the Champions League with the Italian giants clinching the second win in as many games on Wednesday with a home triumph over Sevilla.
Spanish forward Alvaro Morata put the Italians ahead in the 41st minute and his replacement Simone Zaza sealed the victory with a second goal three minutes from time.
Morata, who had scored the winner in a 2-1 triumph at Manchester City in the Italian club's opening Group D game, celebrated his fifth Champions League goal in as many games at the Juventus stadium.
Juve, without six players through injury and suspension, including forward Mario Mandzukic, were the better team on the night against an out-of-form Sevilla side that tested Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon only once.
The Andalusian outfit, last season's Europa League winners, won 3-0 over Borussia Monchengladbach in their opener but in Spain's La Liga they have just a single win from six games.
Sevilla almost went behind in the opening minute when Morata fed Paul Pogba in the box but the Frenchman struck the ball over the bar.
In the ninth minute, Hernanes found space just outside the area and drilled a right-footed shot that went wide of the far post.
Paulo Dybala also went close in the 17th minute when he drilled a left-footed attempt from the edge of the box just over the bar.
Sevilla had their only shot on goal in the 34th minute. Jose Antonio Reyes' free kick had power but lacked precision and was saved by Buffon.
Juve finally scored before the interval after Andrea Barzagli's cross from the right found Morata in the box and the Spaniard headed the ball down and into the far corner of the goal to beat Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico.
Juve picked up where they left off after the restart and in the 51st minute Rico was forced to clear Dybala's left-footed shot from 15 yards.
Dybala then warmed the hands of Rico with a powerful free-kick which the keeper punched away just after the hour.
Rico remained involved and kept out Juan Cuadrado's long-range attempt in the 74th minute.
Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri brought in Zaza in place of Morata with 10 minutes remaining and the move proved a success.
A fast counter-attack saw Dybala play Zaza through on goal and the Italian forward surged towards the Sevilla area before hitting a right-footed shot past a helpless Rico to wrap up the win.
Wednesday's outcome will be a big boost in confidence for a Juve side that sits 15th in the Serie A standings with just one victory and three defeats in their opening six league matches.