UDINE, Italy (AP) — Sebastian Giovinco and Fernando Llorente helped Juventus beat Udinese 2-0 on Monday and restore its eight-point lead at the top of the Serie A table.
With Carlos Tevez rested, Giovinco was handed a rare start and he put Juventus in front in the 16th minute, dribbling his way into the right of the area before curling a shot into the far corner.
Juventus doubled its lead 10 minutes later when Llorente prodded in a rebound after a goalmouth scramble following a corner.
Antonio Conte's side remains firmly on course for a Serie A and European double. Juventus faces Benefica in the Europa League semifinals as well as having a clear advantage over Roma with five rounds remaining.
"This was a 'red flag' match, we could have lost points at Udine," Conte said. "But we were very good in approaching the match with the right focus and attitude. We have to stay on the ball because Roma won't give up,
"I knew (Giovinco) was in great form. He has to realize he can make the difference even in a team like Juventus. We decided to rest Carlos also because he still has a bit of a thigh problem. We need everyone because we are involved on two fronts."