Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala place Juventus back on high of Serie A as records fell during a 2-1 finish at Sampdoria.
Brazilian defender Alex Sandro had a hand in each goals for Juventus, a thumping header from Ronaldo when a spectacular leap and an excellent volley by Dybala, with the Turin giants pull 3 points away from inter.
Inter, who face genoa on Saturday, will reclaim 1st place going into the mid-season break, however this was an evening to savor for Juventus.
Gianluigi Buffon couldn't keep a clean sheet, however the veteran goalkeeper matched Paolo Maldini's uncomparable record of 647 Serie A appearances, and a 479th outing within the division for Juve meant he stone-broke Alessandro Del Piero's superior mark for the Bianconeri.
In Juve's final league game before a close to three-week interval, Maurizio Sarri secured his one hundredth Serie A finish as an educator in what was simply his 169th match. No coach has reached that mark during a few games in Italy's high flight to this point this century.
Sarri elite a front 3 once more, plainly not as reluctant as he had intimated to field Ronaldo, Dybala, and Gonzalo Higuain along.
The breakthrough arrived within the nineteenth minute, with Alex Sandro's out-swinging delivery from the left reaching Dybala on the proper facet of the penalty space.
Without hesitation, he took the ball on the volley together with his left foot and sent a 15-yard shot skidding across goal and into the so much corner.
Sampdoria's radical came when thirty five minutes once Gianluca Caprari trained home from on the brink of the penalty spot when Alex Sandro gave away the ball to Gaston Ramirez on the hosts' right.
Ronaldo renovated Juventus’ lead within the forty fifth minute, rising majestically at the so much post to power home another Alex Sandro cross, the Brazilian concerned during a third goal of the half.
Portugal whiz Ronaldo was denied what looked an explicit third Juve goal early within the half once Blaise Matuidi inexplicably stepped before of the charm to fulfill a Dybala cross, delivering a careless end that was a lot of of clearance. Ronaldo looked browned off.
If anyone was a spare within the Juventus facet, it absolutely was Higuain, therefore it created sense for Sarri to interchange him with Aaron Ramsey midway through the half, invigorating the midfield.
Ronaldo was foiled late on by AN offsides flag and so shot a whisker wide, whereas Sampdoria had Caprari sent off at the death for a second infringement.