Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain inspired Juventus to beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 in Group D of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night.
Higuain scored the opener at the Allianz Stadium and teed up Federico Bernardeschi to double the lead before Ronaldo added a third to help the Bianconeri reach four points after a 2-2 draw with Atletico Madrid last time out.
Leverkusen were more lively than a pedestrian Juventus team early on, creating a fine chance when a slick link-up between strikers Kevin Volland and Lucas Alario ended with the latter dragging an effort wide.
Juve needed to up the tempo, but the hosts were struggling to get Ronaldo involved. Instead, it was left to Higuain to make the difference.
Coach Maurizio Sarri will have been delighted to see such an effective performance from Higuain, a player who was much maligned during a difficult 2018-19 campaign. Although Juve rarely shifted through the gears, a fine outing was completed by Cristiano Ronaldo netting the third goal late on.
A win for Juve means they and Atletico Madrid each have four points from two Group D games and the Bianconeri can switch its focus to a domestic showdown with unbeaten Serie A rivals Inter on Sunday.
Leverkusen, who lost captain Lars Bender to injury in the warm-up, had plenty of the ball, but lacked the guile to unlock the characteristically solid Juve defence.
And, when the hosts were able to counter, the German side suffered bouts of panic at the back, not helped by the eccentricities of goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky.