Paulo Dybala scored a dramatic stoppage-time winner as Juventus extended its victory run in Serie A to 10 matches with a 1-0 triumph over Lazio at Stadio Olimpico.
On his return from injury, Dybala shrugged off the significant attentions of Marco Parolo to force home in the 93rd minute of the match, making sure the Bianconeri remain right on the coattails of Napoli in a two-horse race for the title.
The much-anticipated battle between third and second in the table seemed set to end in stalemate, with both teams cancelling each other out in a disappointing game devoid of clear-cut opportunities.
Juve had a first-half goal correctly ruled out for a foul, sparing Jordan Lukaku the embarrassment of scoring in his own net, as it seemed set to draw a blank ahead of Thursday's (AEDT) UEFA Champions League second leg tie with Tottenham Hotspur.
Both sides faded in the second half, hardly a surprise after playing in the Coppa Italia in midweek, as they appeared to settle for a point apiece.
However, Dybala wrestled himself into a position to convert Daniele Rugani's pass almost from the floor to secure three valuable points and make sure Juventus will head to Wembley on a winning note.