MILAN, Italy - Giuseppe Rossi scored a hat-trick for Fiorentina in a stunning come-from-behind 4-2 win over Juventus yesterday, which helped Roma maintain their five-point lead at the top of Italian soccer's Serie A.
Roma's 2-0 defeat of Napoli on Friday opened up a five-point cushion over Rafael Benitez's side and Juventus ahead of the latter's visit to Florence.
And despite Juventus holding a 2-0 halftime lead following a Carlos Tevez penalty and a strike from Paul Pogba, the champions crumbled during 14 second-half minutes.
Roma have a maximum 24 points from eight wins with Napoli moving up to second with Juventus, suffering their first defeat of the season, slipping one place to third on goal difference.
Juventus coach Antonio Conte insisted his side had not been sidetracked by their Champions League trip to Real Madrid on Wednesday.
But he admitted his side were unrecognisable late in the second half.
"We dominated them in every department and had the game wrapped up.
"Then the unimaginable happened — we lost a game that we were dominating. Those 10 minutes changed everything and we conceded some strange goals. It just wasn't like us."
Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella said: "This is the best result ever. It's already difficult to score against Juve, so putting four past them gives us immense satisfaction."
Rossi's treble makes the former Manchester United striker Serie A's top scorer with eight goals from eight games.
Fiorentina's win was not the only shock of the day, with Atalanta securing a precious 2-1 home win over Lazio thanks to German Denis' 84th-minute winner.
Surprise packages Verona kept their place in the top five with a 3-2 win over Parma, helped by two Jorginho penalties.