After 97 minutes of play, Andrea Cambiaso scored a last-gasp goal that secured three vital points for Juventus.
The Bianconeri played hosts for Hellas Verona who fought tooth and nail to come away with a valuable draw from the Allianz Stadium.
But while VAR denied Moise Kean two goals, it was Cambiaso who scored the solitary goal at the very end of a dramatic encounter.
After the match, Juventus coach Max Allegri was obviously pleased by the outcome but admitted that Kean didn’t deserve to be hauled off in the second half.
“I saw a lucid and orderly team on the pitch. Now we’re on top of the table but let’s not lose sight,” said the Livorno native in his post-match interview via La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Kean didn’t deserve the substitution but he had been booked. And then, it wasn’t his night after the disallowed goals. But he played a good game.
“I’m very happy with him, he is a different player also on a mental level, he can still improve. He has improved a lot in the last year and I thank the staff who are dedicated to the improvement of the individuals.”
The manager also reserved special praise for teenage sensation Kenan Yildiz who almost scored after coming in for Daniele Rugani.
“I have a soft spot for Yildiz and you know, today he was quick and ran at Milik’s pass. Miretti played a good game technically.
“Huijsen and Iling also have quality. We have a squad of serious players who understand their limits and try to go beyond them. Then there is Nicolussi, Nonge who has been with us lately but needs to improve the defensive phase.
“Juve have worked well in these 10 years and it is thanks to the youth sector. We must continue this path without losing balance. One day the youngsters look phenomenal, the next they seem down. Let’s not forget Fagioli, another who will have a great career.”
Finally, Allegri explained how working hard to achieve results is a characteristic that defines Juventus.
“We really like this definition. You enter the pitch and you have to fight and play well technically. People get excited about it, but it is in Juve’s DNA to win through fight and suffering. For us, it’s a quality to carry forward. Winning isn’t easy.
“We are still far away but we are growing. Tonight I underline the team’s ability to always stay tidy, we won without overdoing it, the boys managed their strength well and it was the best thing we did.”