Juventus are back in control of the Serie A title race after beating Crotone 2-0 at Stadio Ezio Scida on Wednesday night to move seven points clear at the top of the table.
The defending champions dominated the match from start to finish boasting an incredible 90% of the possession throughout the match and limiting their hosts to just two shots on target all game.
Despite that, it took them a full hour to find a breakthrough and even then the goal had more than a little element of fortune about it.
Kwadwo Asamoah saw his header brilliantly saved by Alex Cordaz, but the rebound fell to Mario Mandzukic at the back post and he blasted home an easy finish from close range to put his side ahead.
Thankfully for the traveling fans, they didn't have to wait nearly as long for the second, with Gonzalo Higuain striking the winning goal 14 minutes later.
— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) February 8, 2017
Elsewhere in Serie A on Wednesday, nine-man AC Milan were able to steal a 1-0 win over Bologna at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara courtesy of Mario Pasalic last-gasp goal.
The home side, a bit surprisingly, seemed to have the better of Milan in the opening exchanges, and the visitors task became even more difficult in the 37th minute when Gabriel Paletta was handed his marching orders for picking up his second yellow card.
It then got even worse after the break when Juraj Kucka picked up two yellow cards in the space of six minutes to earn himself an early shower and reduce Milan to just nine men.
Despite all that, Pasalic was still able to bag an 89th minute winner in classic smash-and-grab fashion.
— AC Milan (@acmilan) February 8, 2017