Juventus have lost just once in Serie A this season, and that was in the reverse fixture in Florence. But with the win over Fiorentina on Sunday, the Old Lady have now beaten every side in the league, extending their unbeaten run to nineteen games and pulling even further above second-place Roma. As for Fiorentina, well, is the Champions League even a possibility anymore?
It took the better part of the first half for Juventus to find a way to break through the Fiorentina defense. They were certainly knocking at the door - a deflected effort from Kwadwo Asamoah was saved by Neto's feet, while Paul Pogba volleyed one with his knee, but the shot went over the bar.
Asamoah broke the deadlock in the 42nd minute with a fantastic goal. The Ghanaian cut inside, slipping through the Fiorentina defense to send in a scorcher from 12 yards out. The strike hit the inside of the far post, bouncing into the back of the net.
Fiorentina very nearly had an instantaneous response at the start of the second half. Modibo Diakité, dreadful in defense for the first half, got on the end of a free kick from Alberto Aquilani. His volley ended in the back of the net, but the goal was ruled out for offside - thus ending his chance to redeem himself to Fiorentina fans.
As the second half went on, the viola finally started to look like the side that had raised so much excitement at the beginning of the season. Still, though, they just couldn't find the equalizer. Around the hour mark, Juve left Mario Gómez unmarked, but the German's header went wide. Then Ryder Matos, on for Gómez, smacked his header against the crossbar with his first touch.
And just a minute later, Matos found himself booked for diving. Which pretty much sums up Fiorentina right now. The promise is still there, but they seem to keep shooting themselves in the foot.
Juventus: Buffon, Chiellini, Ogbonna, Barzagli, Asamoah, Pogba, Marchisio (Padoin 88), Vidal, Lichtsteiner (Caceres 79), Llorente, Tevez (Isla 82)
Fiorentina: Neto, Pasqual, Savic, Rodriguez, Diakite, Anderson (Fernandez 57), Pizarro (Wolski 65), Aquilani, Vargas, Gomez (Matos 77), Cuadrado
Goals: Asamoah 42' (J)