The Serie A champions saw a Mario Mandzukic goal cancelled out by a penalty, but the midfielder came to the rescue to ensure they earned three points
Miralem Pjanic brought out his free-kick expertise to maintain Juventus’ five-point advantage over AC Milan at the top of Serie A with a 2-1 win at Chievo.
Juve lost Andrea Barzagli to an early injury but slowly cranked up the pressure towards the end of a bruising first-half, before Mario Mandzukic broke the deadlock in the 53rd minute.
After playing a 100th Champions League match for Juve against Lyon in midweek, Gianluigi Buffon strode out for a 600th appearance in Italy’s top flight at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi, but the 38-year-old was beaten by a 66th-minute penalty from fellow veteran Sergio Pellissier.
Parity only lasted for nine minutes as Pjanic took advantage of prime position just outside the Chievo box to send a sumptuous strike flying into the top-right corner – the Bosnian’s fourth in Juventus colours.
AC Milan’s victory by the same scoreline at Palermo means Massimiliano Allegri’s defending champions needed the win to preserve their cushion at the summit, although Roma will close to within four points if they beat Bologna in Sunday’s late kick-off.
There was an early setback for Juventus when their veteran former Chievo defender Barzagli landed awkwardly defending a first-minute corner and appeared to injure his shoulder.