Juventus thrashed Sassuolo in the Serie A by 7-0 even as Napoli maintained their one-point lead with a 2-0 win over Benevento.
Alex Sandro opened the scoring after nine minutes as Sassuolo failed to clear a corner and, and despite the visitor’s efforts to get back into the game their spell of possession ended with a Juventus breakaway which culminated with a corner that found Sami Khedira unmaked, allowing the German international freedom to slot in Juve’s second goal.
A clever pass from Miralem Pjanic a couple of minutes later saw Juventus add their third goal and a second for Sami Khedira as they sprung Sassuolo’s offside trap, before Pjanic himself made it 4-0 as he fired home from the edge of the area.
Striker Gonzalo Higuain joined the scorers as he made it five with a shot from the edge of the area at 63 minutes, and beat the offside trap to collect a long ball and rounded the keeper before sliding home with a little over 15 minutes remaining.
Higuain then grabbed his third to complete his hat-trick with eight minutes to go as he latched onto Bernardeschi’s fine pass and lifted the ball over the diving keeper from a narrow angle.
Earlier Benevento, Higuain’s former club Napoli started strongly and got their first goal in 20 minutes when Dries Mertens made a clever turn and chip the ball into the far corner.
The visitors continued to keep up the pressure as Lorenzo Insigne’s lob hitting the woodwork, and their effort bore fruit when Marek Hamsik tucked home from close range early in the second half.
The game also saw VAR came into play as Benevento were given a penalty for a foul in the box, but the Video Assistant Referee spotted an offside in the lead-up and changed the decision.