Fernando Llorente scored one and set up another for Carlos Tevez as Juventus conquered Livorno to temporarily go top.
The Bianconeri could temporarily go top of the table with a win here, as they went into the weekend just one point behind leaders Roma. However, Arturo Vidal had to go in defence, as Leonardo Bonucci and Angelo Ogbonna sat out bans with Andrea Barzagli, Mauricio Isla, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sebastian Giovinco and Simone Pepe injured. Livorno had top scorer Paulinho suspended, so Luca Siligardi partnered Innocent Emeghara.
This was a very special occasion for Gianluigi Buffon, who marked his 500th Serie A appearance. Livorno ultras raised funds for research into a rare genetic disease, as this week captain Andrea Luci revealed his six-year-old son was diagnosed with Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva.
Fernando Llorente’s looping header landed on the roof of the net from a Simone Padoin cross, then Giorgio Chiellini’s snapshot was deflected wide.
Livorno burst forward on the counter from a Juve corner, but Emeghara’s pass for Siligardi was weak and easily intercepted.
Moments later Francesco Bardi had to palm a Paul Pogba screamer out from under the bar, then the Inter-owned goalkeeper had his palms stung by a Kwadwo Asamoah solo effort.
Leandro Greco was booked for simulation when going down in the box after Siligardi had run into a crowd of Bianconeri jerseys, then Juve had penalty appeals for a Ceccherini handling offence, though it was flicked on to his arm by Llorente’s back-heel from point-blank range.
Makeshift defender Vidal intercepted a dangerous Emerson counter-attack, but Juventus did eventually find a way through.
Pogba floated in a cross for Llorente, who got in front of his marker and volleyed in with the inside of his boot. It was a splendid finish from the Spaniard.
Emerson’s long-range strike skimmed the top corner, but Juve doubled their advantage. Llorente held up the ball just inside the area for Tevez to smash a snooker shot into the near bottom corner.
Coda almost scored an own goal, but was fortunate his diving header only hit the woodwork on Padoin’s cross.