Juventus secured a 1-0 win over Napoli in Turin on Saturday night, with substitute Simone Zaza scoring the all-important winning goal in the closing stages of an enthralling encounter.
In an evenly contested clash between the two top sides in Serie A, the Bianconeri were able to do what they do best in finding a way to win, and the victory now sees them sit a point clear of Napoli as their 15th consecutive league win moved them top of the table for the first time this season.
The visitors made a confident start to the game, and that continued for the majority of the encounter as they enjoyed large periods of possession.
Frustratingly for coach Maurizio Sarri though, they were unable to translate that possession into clear goalscoring opportunities as the Bianconeri stood firm throughout despite being hit with further injury setbacks.
Leonardo Bonucci produced this pivotal intervention in the first half to deny Gonzalo Higuain what looked to be a certain goal, but the Italian international was forced off in the second period with a knock.
As the defensive crisis deepens for Massimiliano Allegri, he will have to assess his options for the match with Bologna next Friday, while their Champions League showdown with Bayern Munich is also fast approaching.
Meanwhile, it will be a devastating blow for Napoli who saw their eight-game winning streak come to an end. Having played so well and dominated the game, they will be bitterly disappointed to leave Turin empty-handed as they now travel to Spain to face Villarreal in the Europa League on Thursday night.