Sami Khedira shines as understrength Juve still proves too much for promoted Pescara

ROME — Promoted Pescara proved no test for an understrength Juventus.

Even with Gianluigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini and Claudio Marchisio rested and Andrea Barzagli, Miralem Pjanic and Paulo Dybala out injured, the five-time defending champion cruised to a 3-0 win in Serie A on Saturday.

Sami Khedira scored one goal and set up another, Mario Mandzukic and Hernanes also found the target, and Gonzalo Higuain hit the post as the Bianconeri moved seven points ahead of second-place Roma, which visits Atalanta on Sunday.

"The title is won by beating the smaller squads and tonight we showed a lot of respect for Pescara," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said.

In the final minutes, Allegri replaced Mandzukic with 16-year-old forward Moise Kean, the first player born in the year 2000 to appear in Serie A.

Earlier, Lorenzo Insigne ended his scoring drought in style, getting both goals and also hitting the crossbar in the space of 10 minutes in Napoli's 2-1 win at Udinese.

Also, Chievo Verona beat visiting Cagliari, 1-0.

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