Result: Miralem Pjanic stars as Juventus cruise past Bologna

Result: Pjanic stars as Juventus cruise past Bologna
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Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic scores and provides an assist as the Italian champions secured a 3-0 win over Bologna on Sunday.

Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic scored and provided an assist as the Italian champions secured a 3-0 win over Bologna on Sunday.

The result, which takes Juventus to second in the top flight, means that Massimiliano Allegri's side are now just a point behind leaders Napoli.

Bologna failed to make a telling impact on the game, and were solid defensively until Pjanic opened the scoring. Juventus, however, pressed further and were rewarded with a solid victory.

Alex Sandro and Douglas Costa, who were employed out wide by Allegri, were keen to make runs down the flanks early on, but Bologna's defenders left the visitors frustrated early on.

The opening chance for Juventus came when Sandro played Pjanic in at the edge of the 18-yard box, but the midfielder's shot failed to test Antonio Mirante in the Bologna goal.

The away side went in front after 27 minutes when Ibrahima Mbaye's sloppy tug on Sandro gifted Pjanic the opportunity to tuck away a free kick, which was taken when the Bosnian's effort went in off the hand of Mirante, who had stepped away from his near post.

Allegri's side were two up 10 minutes later when Pjanic's well-weighted ball over the top of Mbaye was chested down by striker Mario Mandzukic, whose shot across Mirante's goal had enough power to beat the Italian.

Bologna had a free kick of their own shortly before half time, but Simone Verdi's cross was too high for his teammates and did not trouble Juve stopper Wojciech Szczesny.

Juventus began the second half looking to secure the win as another dangerous ball from Sandro was sliced out of play by Filip Helander.

The third goal was supplied by Blaise Matuidi after 65 minutes, whose first strike for the club came when Helander's clearance was drilled past Mirante on the half-volley.

There were further opportunities for Allegri's men to extend their advantage but Gonzalo Higuain and substitute Paulo Dybala both had efforts saved.

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Head coach of Bologna FC Roberto Donadoni looks on during the Serie A match between Hellas Verona FC and Bologna FC at Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi on November 7, 2015
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