Aquilani resurrects title hopes
Alberto Aquilani scored a terrific later winner as Juventus arrested a run of three games without a win. The on-loan Liverpool midfielder drove home from the edge of the box with 11 minutes remaining to condemn rock bottom Bari to another defeat. The evergreen Alessandro del Piero had given Juve a first-half lead, only for Gergely Rudolf to level shortly after the break.
Aquilani looked to get the Turin club off to a flying start but flashed a shot high and wide with an early effort, before Bari's Nicola Belmonte had a header comfortably saved by Gianluigi Buffon. Del Piero chipped dangerously towards goal and forced Jean-Francois Gillet to scramble the ball over the bar, and Mohammed Sissoko took aim from 30 yards as Juventus piled on the pressure.
Del Piero still doing it
It should have been 1-0 shortly after the 30-minute mark when Del Piero clipped an effort over the bar, before the 36-year-old did open the scoring after 43 minutes, whipping a free-kick from the edge of the area into the top corner.
It was no more than Juventus deserved but, after failing to build on their lead after the restart, they found themselves pegged back after 57 minutes when Rudolf struck. Edgar Alvarez broke down the left for Bari and, after pulling the ball back, Rudolf was waiting to net from close range.
Juve quickly got back on the attack, with Aquilani hitting wide on the half-volley from the edge of the box and Gillet then getting down to keep out a drive from Marco Motta. Gillet was proving hard to beat and did well to keep out Simone Pepe, but there was little he could do in the 79th minute when Aquilani picked the ball up and left him stranded with a clinical 20-yard finish. Pepe tried his luck from distance as Juve looked for a third but two proved enough.