MILAN - Spanish striker Fernando Llorente has scored his third goal in two games as Juventus restored their eight-point lead over Roma at the top of Italy's Serie A with a comfortable 2-0 away win against Udinese.
Roma kept their slim hopes of a first championship since 2001 alive with a 3-1 win at home to Atalanta on Sunday which reduced the gap to five points.
But any thoughts Antonio Conte's men, beaten 2-0 away at Napoli two weeks ago, would suffer a slip-up at the Friuli Stadium were quashed inside the first-half hour of a largely one-sided contest.
Sebastian Giovinco opened the scoring on 16 minutes, with Llorente adding a second 10 minutes later to leave a hapless Udinese with a mountain to climb at a near empty stadium.
Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin tried to put a gloss on his players' performance when he told Sky Sport Italia, "We had a good game, we were courageous and I'm moderately satisfied with our performance."
But he admitted, "You can only take your hat off to a team when they're much superior than you.
"Juve controlled the game, they're strong physically ... they're the strongest side in the championship."