Juventus looked in control for most of the proceedings, but were only truly able to put opponents Atalanta Bergamo down late in the game. Captain and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon continued his amazing shutout streak, now at 836 minutes and enough to give him the Serie A record in the '3pts for a win' era. The Bianconeri have now equalled their club record of nine matches without conceding a goal. The all-time Serie A record of 929 minutes established by AC Milan stopper Sebastiano Rossi in 1993/94 is tantalizingly within San Gigi's reach.
Not that this overshadows two other rare events from today's game. Andrea Barzagli doesn't score very often, but when he scores, he does so against Atalanta. His last goal in the Serie A was back in May 2012, also against the men from Bergamo. And then Mario Lemina deflated any chances of a home comeback today by skipping past a couple of challenges and rifling home with aplomb.
After the game, this is what manager Massimiliano Allegri had to say about the win -
"It's one less game, one less win we need to achieve. It was a good first half, we made some mistakes in our passing choices after the break and in the last half-hour should've done better.
"The approach to the game was good, we could've scored more than one early on and moved the ball around well. Once we stopped playing, they started whipping in crosses and we naturally suffered a bit.
"We have to work on the second half performance, as we gave the ball away too quickly and were trying to score early, whereas you can have more than three passes on the way into the box."
Goalscorer Andrea Barzagli came in for some compliments from Allegri -
"I am happy for Andrea, as he's the one who usually stays back to protect when the others go up for a corner or free kick. Mario scored a great goal.
"Usually big clubs have great players who can score a goal out of nowhere and break the deadlock. This season we have three more points than Napoli, but they scored 10 goals more than we did, so defence is especially important."
Also a recipient of kind words from the manager was Mario Mandzukic -
"Let's say this is a different Juve to last season. There are 10 new players who have different experiences. The young lads have improved and we are gaining in our authority when dealing with various moments of the game, as we did today.
"Mandzukic is generous and works for the team. He is the player we needed, as he has strong personality and also different characteristics to replace Carlos Tevez."
However Allegri was unimpressed by superstar Paul Pogba, saying he displayed the 'wrong attitude', and adding -
"Pogba is a player who can make the difference if he plays it simple and is focused. He got booked and let that affect him, so he lost his way in the second half and basically stopped playing."
Allegri did not directly address rumors of his contract extension, reported earlier this week -
"We are on the same wavelength. This is a contract year, so we will sit at the table and will then evaluate what to do. I'm fine, I'm at Juve, a great club."