Juventus returned to winning ways on Sunday as early strikes from Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain steered the Serie A leaders to a 2-0 victory over fourth-placed Lazio.
Dybala notched his fifth league goal of the season five minutes into the contest at the Juventus Stadium with a fine left-footed effort from the edge of the box.
And Higuain added his 14th of the campaign 11 minutes later, converting from close-range having met a Juan Cuadrado cross.
That proved enough to clinch all three points for Massimiliano Allegri’s men as they moved on from the 2-1 loss at Fiorentina last time out.
Roma later made hard work of keeping up the pressure on the table-toppers as they squeezed past Cagliari 1-0 in the capital thanks to an Edin Dzeko goal.
The Bosnian’s 55th-minute strike ensured the Giallorossi remain within a point of Juve, who have a game in hand, while Joao Pedro was sent off for Cagliari.
Inter Milan recorded an eighth-successive win in all competitions, but only after struggling to break down relegation-threatened Palermo in a 1-0 victory.
Substitute Joao Mario scored the only goal of the game in the 65th when he was left unmarked to volley home Antonio Candreva’s cross.
Both teams were reduced to 10 men late on, with Inter defender Cristian Ansaldi sent off in the 80th for a second yellow card. Inter protested and coach Stefano Pioli was also dismissed.
Palermo midfielder Alessandro Gazzi was also shown a second yellow and sent off in stoppage time.
Inter leapfrogged AC Milan into fifth, a point behind Lazio, although the Rossoneri have a game in hand.
Crotone picked up a precious point in their fight for survival as they twice fought back to draw 2-2 at Genoa.
They remain 11 points behind 17th-placed Empoli, who beat Udinese 1-0.
Bottom-club Pescara had a late penalty saved as they lost 3-1 at home to Sassuolo, with Alessandro Matri scoring a second straight double
In the days other action, Bologna beat Torino 2-0.