ROME (AP) Serie A leader Juventus overcame a series of defensive lapses to beat last-place Benevento 4-2 and move seven points clear on Saturday.
Cheick Diabate scored twice for Benevento before Paulo Dybala converted the second of his two penalties in the 74th minute to finally put Juventus ahead for good and complete a hat trick.
Coming off a debilitating 3-0 loss at home to Real Madrid in the Champions League quarterfinals, and ahead of next week’s second leg, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri rested several regular starters.
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The two goals Juventus conceded matched the number the Bianconeri allowed over their previous 17 Serie A games.
”We’ve got to reorganize ourselves and improve, because right now we’re conceding too many shots,” Allegri said. ”But moments like these happen over the course of a season, otherwise we would never allow any goals.”
Dybala opened the scoring with a shot from the edge of the area into the far corner midway through the first half.
Diabete, a Mali forward, notched his first from close range after he was left unmarked following a rebound off goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who played in place of Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon.