Defending champions Juventus took their winning streak to five games with a 2-0 victory over Lazio in Serie A on Friday night.
The victory leaves Juve four points off leaders Napoli who play on Sunday, and level with fourth-placed Roma.
Paulo Dybala was the difference on the night as his dangerous cross was forced into his own net by Santiago Gentiletti before the striker completed the scoring with a thunderous volley from distance.
The Old Lady of Italian football are aiming for their fifth consecutive Scudetto title and following a poor start to the season, they now look ready to mount a serious challenge.
Juventus were without the talented Paul Pogba – who missed the game due to suspension – but the away side wasted no time in Rome with a goal after just seven minutes.
A fierce low cross from Dybala hit Gentiletti’s trailing leg and, much to the dismay of the Argentinian defender, wrong-footed Lazio keeper Federico Marchetti.
Juve were almost two up after 20 minutes when the terrific Alex Sandro released Kwadwo Asamoah into space, only for Lazio defender Mauricio to block his effort.
However, it wasn’t long until Juventus made their pressure tell with a second goal courtesy of Dybala on 32 minutes. The Argentina international had enough time to bounce the ball up off his knee and volley a superb effort past Marchetti from 25 yards out.
Lazio, who stay in tenth place after a fifth defeat in six Serie A matches, rarely threatened Gianluigi Buffon’s goal.
Perhaps their best chance of the game came when Marco Parolo tested the keeper with a free-kick on the edge of the box but Buffon was alive to the danger and collected the ball cleanly.
Lazio plugged away in the closing stages to no avail and will be hoping they can bounce back in ten days’ time when they play Sampdoria at home.