Alvaro Morata hit his second brace of the week as champions Juventus cruised to a 4-0 win at Chievo to equal a club record of 12 consecutive victories and top Serie A for the first time this season.
Morata was given a rare start by Massimiliano Allegri in the Italian Cup semi-final in midweek and hit the net twice in a 3-0 first leg rout of Inter Milan.
It earned the Spaniard a rare start alongside 12-goal striker Paulo Dybala, and Morata seized the day to put the visitors 2-0 up by half-time. Brazilian left-back Alex Sandro added a third on the hour and Paul Pogba hit Juve’s fourth just six minutes later.
Juventus, who struggled at the start of the campaign, took a one-point lead over Napoli, who were set to play Empoli at home later on Sunday.
Fiorentina and Inter Milan are seven points adrift of Juventus in third and fourth places respectively ahead of away games at Genoa and AC Milan.
Defeat for Fiorentina or Inter would help Roma, who moved to within three points of the pair on Saturday with a 3-1 home win over Frosinone.
Chievo coach Rolando Maran had expected the worst after seeing the Verona-based club sell their top striker, Alberto Paloschi, to Swansea in midweek.
And with five regulars sidelined through injury, the Flying Donkeys’ faced a formidable challenge as Juve went in search of their 12th win on the trot — a feat last achieved under coach Antonio Conte in the 2013-2014 campaign.
Juve took control immediately and after Sandro fired a volley over Albano Bizzarri’s crossbar from Morata’s delivery, the Spaniard fired the visitors into a sixth minute lead from Stephan Lichsteiner’s pinpoint delivery to the back post.