Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira scored a wonderful goal for his side as they took an early lead against Palermo in Turin on Sunday.
After Napoli slipped up again at Inter on Saturday night, the Bianconeri had a perfect opportunity to open up a nine-point gap over their title rivals against a struggling Palermo side.
It was clear early on that it was merely a matter of time before the home side found a breakthrough, but they did so in style with Khedira producing a brilliant finish after a pin-perfect Paul Pogba pass.
Juve continued to push forward in search of more goals before the half-time break, but they began to let sloppiness creep into their game as the visitors had two glorious opportunities to find an equaliser.
Both Aleksandar Trajkowski and Ivaylo Chochev went close, but really should have done better and it remains to be seen whether or not they live to regret their misses.
The first-half was soured from a Juve perspective after midfielder Claudio Marchisio was stretchered off with what looked to be a serious knee injury. In turn, it will naturally be a huge blow to the player himself, Juve and potentially Italy boss Antonio Conte ahead of Euro 2016 this summer.