September 26, 2018 / 10:09 PM / 20 days ago

WRAPUP 1-Soccer-Dybala breaks duck to set up another Juventus win

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MILAN, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Juventus playmaker Paulo Dybala scored his first goal of the season to set the Serie A leaders on the way to a 2-0 win over Bologna on Wednesday, which maintained their 100 percent start to the league campaign.

Juve, with 18 points from six games, will take a three-point lead into Saturday’s match at home to bitter rivals Napoli after last season’s runners-up, making nine changes to their starting line-up, comfortably disposed of Parma 3-0 with a brace from striker Arkadiusz Milik.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said he kept Cristiano Ronaldo on the pitch for the whole match to give him a chance of adding to his tally of three goals for the Turin side.

“I should have replaced him but he absolutely wanted to score a goal, and he played well,” Allegri said. “The understanding with Dybala was good tonight.....the more they play together the better it becomes, which is natural.”

Bologna produced a shock win over AS Roma at the weekend but their resistance lasted only 12 minutes against the champions, who are aiming for an eighth successive Serie A title.

Dybala set up Blaise Matuidi for a shot which was parried by goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski and the Argentine followed up to score from the rebound, his first Juventus goal since May 5, which was coincidentally against the same opponents.

Dybala also had a hand in the second four minutes later, his cross finding Ronaldo for the Portuguese to knock back across the goal where Matuidi scored from a difficult angle.

Napoli’s win was equally straightforward after Lorenzo Insigne gave them a fourth-minute lead against promoted Parma.

Milik fired in from long range early in the second half and the Pole turned in the third from close range in the 87th minute to give Carlo Ancelotti’s team a fifth win in six games and a selection dilemma ahead of Saturday’s game.

“They all train well, they are motivated, they accept decisions without problems, which makes my job easy but also complicated because a lot of them deserve to play more,” said Ancelotti.

New signings Joaquin Correa and Francesco Acerbi scored to give Lazio a 2-1 win at Udinese which kept them third, three points behind Napoli.

Acerbi, signed from Sassuolo, turned in a rebound on the hour and Argentine midfielder Correa got off the mark following his move from Sevilla with a solo goal six minutes later.

Lazio had to cling on, however, after Bram Nuytinck pulled one back with an overhead kick with 10 minutes left.

AS Roma ended a five-match winless run in all competitions by thumping Frosinone 4-0 with Cengiz Under, Javier Pastore, Stephan El Shaarawy and Aleksandar Kolarov sharing the goals.

Under rifled in a long-range effort after two minutes, Pastore back-heeled the second and El Shaarawy tapped in from Under’s assist for the third after only 35 minutes. Kolarov capped the win three minutes from fulltime.

Promoted Frosinone have yet to score a goal and have leaked 16 in their six games, although they have one point.

Genoa beat bottom club Chievo 2-0 while the Atalanta-Torino and Cagliari-Sampdoria matches ended goalless. (Writing by Brian Homewood, Editing by Toby Davis and Ed Osmond)

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