Scoring blitz puts Juve in Seventh heaven

Gonzalo Higuain scored a hat-trick as Juventus sounded an ominous warning to rival Napoli with a 7-0demolition of Sassuolo at Allianz Stadium.

Juve scored four times in a one-sided first 45 minutes, and added three more through Higuain in the second half, to ease to its 10th consecutive win in all competitions, bolstering its Serie A title defence.

Massimiliano Allegri named Gianluigi Buffon for his first league appearance since December and the 40 year-old could hardly have asked for a more comfortable clean sheet, his side's sixth straight in all competitions.

Alex Sandro opened the scoring after nine minutes and the contest was all but over by the half-hour mark as Sami Khedira hit a quickfire double to improve his season tally to six.

Miralem Pjanic's fine fourth prompted Allegri, who was forced to withdraw the injured Blaise Matuidi amid the goal glut, to make a further two changes at the break in a sign of the comfort enjoyed by the Bianconeri.

Higuain stole the spotlight with a classy treble – his first for the club – after the restart to further compound the away side's misery.