Paulo Dybala scored twice as Juventus managed to take charge of their Champions League quarter-final tie with Barcelona, thanks to a commanding first-leg performance in Turin.
The Argentine attacker curled home both of his goals before the break, the first came from an angle inside the box and the second one hammered from a more central position on the edge.
Juventus turned a dominant lead into one which should see them go on and secure the tie when Giorgio Chiellini showed his power and guile to steer home a brilliant header from a corner.
The first 20 minutes were no doubt a lesson in high-pressing, aggressive play that resulted in a clear-headed opening for Gonzalo Higuain to spurn before Dybala’s two goals.
The remaining 70 minutes witnessed a classic Italian side retain a high work-rate but with the luxury of strategically choosing their moments to counter-attack.
For the second European round running, Barcelona – who were as defensively vulnerable as they were during the 4-0 defeat at the hands of Paris St-Germain in the first leg of their last-16 tie – have to recover from a heavy away defeat to progress.
However, after their record-breaking achievement to overturn that gigantic deficit against PSG, Barca fans will retain some hope heading into the return leg at the Nou Camp on Wednesday, 19 April.