Dusan Vlahovic, a Serbian striker, scored 15 minutes from time to give Juventus a 2-1 comeback win against Cagliari in Serie A on Saturday.
Juve got off to a poor start in Sardinia, falling behind when Italy attacker Joao Pedro put the hosts ahead in the 10th minute.
The visitors controlled the rest of the first half and equalized on the stroke of halftime when Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt headed home.
There could only be one winner as Juve maintained their lead in the second half, with the pressure ultimately paying off as January acquisition Vlahovic netted his sixth league goal since joining the club to clinch victory for his new club.
The victory moved Juventus into the fourth position, four points behind Napoli in third, ahead of the Neapolitans’ match against Fiorentina on Sunday.
Cagliari’s fifth consecutive league defeat lifted them three points above the relegation zone, despite having played two more games than Venezia in the 18th.
“It was a crucial game for us after we experienced a psychological blow by losing at home to Inter (Milan) last weekend, and therefore watching the Scudetto recede,” coach Massimiliano Allegri told DAZN.
“Today, it was critical to maintaining our lead over the teams behind us.
“We have to remember that Vlahovic is 22 years old and has been a starter for a year and a half. There is a distinct level of pressure at Juventus. When he is able to regulate his energy, his development will be complete.”
Before Inter’s visit to Turin, Juve had been undefeated in the league since November, but the Scudetto would have seemed even farther away following Joao Pedro’s exquisite finish from the edge of the penalty area – his 12th league goal of the season.
Juve believed they had scored immediately when Luca Pellegrini’s shot deflected off Adrien Rabiot, but it was ruled out after a VAR review, with Rabiot considered to have used his arm to steer the ball home.
More opportunities came and went and it seemed Juve would go into the interval dissatisfied until De Ligt guided Juan Cuadrado’s cross into the goal.
Argentine striker Paulo Dybala, who will leave the club at the end of the season, squandered a fantastic opportunity to complete the comeback early in the second half, blazing over from a decent position.
Cuadrado shot wide as Juventus continued to avoid a game-winning second until Vlahovic tucked home from close range to shatter Cagliari’s resistance and return Juve to winning ways.