Mirko Vucinic’s superb strike helped Juventus to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Fiorentina as Antonio Conte's side extended their lead to six points at the top of Serie A.
Vucinic put the home side ahead on the 20 minute mark after an action-packed opening before Alessandro Matri doubled Juventus’ advantage four minutes before half-time.
Juventus went into the game with the best defensive record in Serie A but having let their guard slip in recent weeks, with just one clean sheet in their last nine fixtures, while Fiorentina arrived in Turin having scored in every away game so far in the 2012/13 campaign.
Juventus threatened first after eight minutes when Claudio Marchisio drifted behind the Fiorentina defence to latch onto a delightful lofted through-ball but, with no team mates for company, his first-time cross cum shot flashed across the face of goal.
Marchisio then unleashed a fierce left-footed shot from just outside the box which whistled inches wide of Emiliano Viviano's upright as Juventus threatened to take the lead.
And the home side went ahead in stunning style when Stefan Savic’s defensive header fell to Vucinic 25 yards from goal and the Juventus hit-man unleashed an unstoppable dipping shot past Viviano.
Juventus should have doubled their advantage just after the half-hour when Vucinic stole the ball from Gonzalo Rodriguez but could only shot straight at Viviano.
The hosts did make it two when Arturo Vidal shrugged off one challenge and skipped past another Fiorentina defender before slipping in Matri to finish past Viviano.
That goal took the life out of Fiorentina and the visitors emerged for the second half a beaten side.
Juventus should have gone further ahead only three minutes after the restart but Vidal fired just over from the edge of the box after running on to Paolo De Ceglie's low cut-back.
Matri then shot just wide from a tight angle after latching on to Stephan Lichtsteiner inch-perfect diagonal pass, while Viviano kept out substitute Sebastian Giovinco’s curling effort with a smart stop to ensure the final score remained 2-0.
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- Alessandro Matri
- Emiliano Viviano
- Mirko Vucinic