ROME (AP) — Gonzalo Higuain scored a hat trick as Juventus swept past Sassuolo 7-0 on Sunday to remain on course for a seventh straight Serie A title.
Sami Khedira netted twice for the hosts while Alex Sandro and Miralem Pjanic were also on target for the Bianconeri, who won their seventh successive league match.
Juventus moved to the top of the table, two points ahead of Napoli, which visits last-place Benevento later on Sunday.
Alex Sandro scored from eight meters (yards) in the ninth minute after the ball bounced around inside the area.
Khedira was then left unmarked to tap in at the far post following a corner that was flicked on by Alex Sandro.
The German international scored his second by beating the offside trap and shooting past goalkeeper Andrea Consigli before Pjanic made it 4-0 before halftime with a shot from distance.
Higuain’s first goal came from a long-range shot before the Argentina international poked the ball into an empty net after dribbling round Consigli.
He then added his third goal with a delicate chip over the goalkeeper.
The only sour note for Juventus came when Blaise Matuidi had to go off in the first half.
Cengiz Under scored after 43 seconds as 10-man Roma ended a five-match winless streak with a 1-0 victory at Hellas Verona to climb within one point of fourth-place Inter Milan.
The Turkey international finished off a solo effort with a shot from the edge of the area.
Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini was shown a straight red card early in the second half for a sliding tackle from behind on Ryder Matos.
About 20 Roma fans were involved in brief clashes with Verona supporters outside the stadium before the match.
Ten-man AC Milan drew 1-1 at Udinese after the visiting team were handed a league-high sixth red card of the season.
Suso put Milan ahead after nine minutes with a spectacular effort from 30 meters into the top corner.
Midway through the second half Milan fullback Davide Calabria was shown his second yellow card for fouling Jakub Jankto.
Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma then put through his own net after a 76th-minute cross from Kevin Lasagna deflected off defender Leonardo Bonucci.
Seventh-place Atalanta beat Chievo Verona 1-0 thanks to Gianluca Mancini’s first Serie A goal.
Federico Chiesa scored a fine individual goal as Fiorentina won 2-1 at Bologna. Goalkeeping errors led to both opening goals, by Jordan Veretout for the Viola and Erick Pulgar for Bologna.
Cagliari beat relegation-threatened Spal 2-0 with goals from Luca Cigarini and Marco Sau.
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