MILAN - Carlos Tevez scored a hat-trick as Juventus bounced back from their Champions League exit with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Sassuolo yesterday which took their lead over Roma to six points.
Antonio Conte's side exited Europe's premier club competition on Wednesday after a 1-0 defeat to Galatasaray in snow-hit Istanbul dropped the Italian champions to third in Group B and into the Europa League.
It was Juve's eighth consecutive win without conceding a goal and goalkeeper and captain Gianluigi Buffon told Sky Sport Italia: "It was a good way to make amends for Wednesday.
"The elimination hurt us, but now there's another trophy we now have to try and win."
Promoted Sassuolo, who have already held Napoli, Lazio and Roma to draws, were given brief hope when Alessandro Longhi's angled drive at the back post went just wide under pressure from Arturo Vidal on three minutes.
But Juve, meeting Sassuolo for the first time, soon had Eusebio Di Francesco's visitors on the back foot.
Tevez broke the deadlock on 15 minutes after pouncing on the rebound from Vidal's close-range snap shot.
And on the half hour Federico Peluso opened his Juve account when he rose highest in a crowded box to meet a free kick and beat Gianluca Pegolo with a bullet header.
Sassuolo were being overrun and a defensive blunder by Lino Marzorati on the stroke of half time allowed Tevez to take possession and, after rounding Pegolo, stroke the ball home.
Sassuolo's defence was conspicuously absent when Tevez scored his third on 68 minutes
Tevez said: "We spoke after Istanbul and knew we had to react. We're Juventus and know what we're capable of."
Earlier, a brace from Miroslav Klose in a 2-0 win over Livorno handed Lazio only their fifth win of the season to ease the pressure on under-fire coach Vladimir Petkovic.
"We deserved to lead by more than 2-0 at half-time and we were a little tense after the interval," said Petkovic. "But I have to compliment the lads for working hard and making sure we kept a clean sheet."