It changed into a comfortable evening for Juventus, for who Paulo Dybala, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain were on target versus Lecce.
Paulo Dybala, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain helped Juventus move seven points clear towards the top of Serie A with a resounding 4-0 win over 10-man Lecce at the Allianz Stadium.
Fabio Lucioni’s first-half dismissal left lowly Lecce, who had started brightly, facing an intimidating task yet it needed a minute of brilliance from Dybala to open the scoring after 53 minutes.
Ronaldo and Federico Bernardeschi were guilty of woeful misses in the opening period however the former lashed home his 23rd Serie A goal of the campaign from the penalty spot before excellently establishing Higuain.
Matthijs de Ligt added a fourth that was harsh on Lecce as Maurizio Sarri’s men stretched their lead on Lazio, beaten 3-2 by Atalanta last time out, albeit their rivals have a casino game in hand.
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Andrea Rispoli flashed wide on the half-volley as Juve were carved open after four minutes.
Gabriel parried Adrien Rabiot’s long-range shot and Ronaldo drilled wide of the right post as Juventus came to life and soon found themselves a man up.
Rodrigo Bentancur caught Lucioni in possession 40 yards from goal and the centre-back chopped down his opponent to earn the straight red.
Ronaldo incredibly put a close-range header from Dybala’s corner outrageous when unmarked then teed up Bernardeschi, who missed an even bigger sitter when blazing high from inside the six-yard box.
Gabriel was in action again to keep out Leonardo Bonucci’s header right after the restart but was powerless to prevent Dybala opening the scoring.
Evgen Shakhov’s careless pass was picked up by Ronaldo, who teed up the Argentina forward to curl a sumptuous left-foot effort to the top-right corner from the edge of the area.
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It was game over right after the hour when Ronaldo lashed home the penalty he won after being tripped by Luca Rossettini.
The Portugal superstar would have had another had Gabriel perhaps not kept out his point-blank header but his ingenious backheel after having a fine run deflected to the path of Higuain, who drilled home the third.
De Ligt then nodded in Douglas Costa’s corner as Juve ultimately ran out comfortable winners.