FANTASTIC ASSIST MILAN (AP): Gonzalo Higuain is coming back into form at just the right time for Juventus. Higuain hadn’t scored for five matches before netting two against former club Napoli midweek as Juventus progressed to the Italian Cup final. And the forward netted another double to fire the Bianconeri past Chievo Verona 2-0 in Serie A yesterday. Juventus moved nine points clear of second-placed Roma, who visit Bologna today. Massimiliano Allegri will be hoping HiguaÌn can make it three out of three when Juventus host Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday. “It will be a very difficult match in the Champions League. We’re facing a really great team, but we have to remain calm and get to it in top condition,” Higuain said. “As we respect them, they respect us, too.” He broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute, thanks to a fantastic assist from Paulo Dybala, who skipped down the right flank before pulling back for his teammate to fire into the far bottom corner. He had other chances to score before he finally got his second, six minutes from time, after more good work from Dybala in picking out Stephan Lichtsteiner, who crossed for HiguaÌn to control and curl into the bottom right corner. It was Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon’s 616th Serie A appearance, moving him to second on the all-time list behind Paolo Maldini, who retired after 647. Other results: Atalanta 1 Sassuolo 1; Empoli 1 Pescara 1.
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