Higuain strike sends Juventus seven points clear in Serie A

Gonzalo Higuain’s first-half strike ensured a victory for Juventus against Roma that extends their lead at the top of Serie A up to six points.

Higuain, 29, saw an early shot saved by Wojciech Szczesny before putting Juventus ahead in style.

The Argentinian striker received a pass some 30 metres from goal, won a tussle with Daniele De Rossi, slipped past Kostas Manolos before hitting a left-foot shot in off the post from 18 yards.

It was his 10th league goal of the season, and third in two games.

Roma managed to compose themselves after that early setback and their best chances fell to Manolos from corners. The Greek defender had a close-range shot blocked during a goalmouth scramble in the first half and headed wide at the far post in the second half. They won eight corners to five for Juventus but resorted to long crosses too often and, for all their pressure, had only three shots on target.

Szczesny also played brilliantly despite conceding; the Polish keeper made a brilliant save to deny Stefano Sturaro after Mario Mandzukic’s back heel gave him a free shot on goal.

In the end, Higuain’s goal was enough to secure Juve’s 25th-straight home league win – matching a record they set between August 2013 and November 2014.

Juve now lead Roma by seven points after 17 games, and is on course for a sixth-straight Serie A title – the Scudetto.

Also on Saturday, third-placed AC Milan were held to a goalless draw at home to Atalanta. With one match to go before the Christmas break, Juventus have 42 points from 17 games, followed by Roma on 35 and Milan on 33 after they were held 0-0 at home by Atalanta.

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