Juventus secured a 2-1 win over AC Milan at the San Siro on Saturday night with Paul Pogba sealing all three points with an impressive individual effort in the second half.
The Rossoneri made a strong start to the game, with Ignazio Abate going close to giving his side the lead as his cross almost crept inside Gianluigi Buffon’s near post.
The Italian shot-stopper had to be alert shortly after to keep out a Mario Balotelli free-kick with another great save, but it wasn’t long before he was finally beaten.
Alex rose highest to meet a corner and sent his bullet header into the back of the net, as the hosts were rewarded for their bright start to the game.
However, their lead lasted just over 10 minutes as Mario Mandzukic linked up with Alvaro Morata, before sending his effort beyond Gianluigi Donnarumma to ensure that the two sides went into the interval level.
Both sides had chances in the second half, with the hosts believing that they had found the third goal of the game through Balotelli.
However, after the 25-year-old had struck the crossbar, replays showed that he used his hand to force the ball over the line.
Having missed their chance, it was Pogba who produced the decisive moment of the game as he shrugged off Abate before controlling the ball with his chest, and sent his effort bouncing on the ground and over Gianluigi Donnarumma to break Milan’s resolve.
The defeat now makes it five games without a win for Sinisa Mihajlovic’s men, as the pressure continues to build on the Serbian tactician.
Meanwhile, Juve temporarily move nine points clear of Napoli at the top of the Serie A table, with the Partenopei taking on Hellas Verona on Sunday under pressure to ensure that they don’t slip up and essentially see the title race end.