Juventus took a step closer in securing their third successive Scudetto title with their 1-0 win over relegation threatened Bologna on Saturday evening.
Paul Pogba scored the decisive goal of the encounter at the Juventus Stadium in a match which saw the Rossoblu put out a tactically impressive display.
With second-placed Roma only playing later on in the evening, the Bianconeri had the opportunity of extending their gap at the top of the table to 11 points.
The Bianconeri came out showing immediate intent and they saw Paul Pogba force Alessio Curci into making a save with the aid of his feet.
Bologna were doing well to read Juventus’ game as Andrea Pirlo attempted to break the deadlock on 19 minutes with one of his trademark free-kicks. The midfielder curled the ball over the wall but it sailed straight into the arms of the ‘keeper.
Curci was on hand again to make another save, this time he denied Claudio Marchisio off a Giorgio Chiellini assist, before Fernando Llorente couldn’t get onto the end of a ball by Sebastian Giovinco that flashed across the goal.
Juventus broke the deadlock just after the hour mark and it was through a precise angled drive into the bottom corner by Paul Pogba.
Mauricio Isla almost doubled the Bianconeri’s advantage immediately with a stinging shot that nearly shaved a coat of paint off the woodwork after Curci finger-tipped it to safety.
Marchisio then bravely blocked a Lazaros Christodoulopoulos shot midway through the second 45, before seeing Pogba tested Curci once again with his shot at goal.