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Gonzalo Higuain continued his fine start to life in Juventus as his first-half brace was crucial to their 3-1 Serie A victory over Sassuolo on Saturday.

The Argentine, signed for a massive €94 million in the summer, proved his worth in front of the Turin faithful once more.

Last season's Capocannoniere opened the scoring with a low drive beyond Sassuolo custodian Andrea Consigli, before he met Sami Khedira's flick with an acrobatic finish full of power.

Fellow new signing Miralem Pjanic joined Higuain on the scoresheet when he headed against the bar and then was fastest to the rebound, putting Juventus in cruise control despite Luca Antei's consolation goal.

Massimiliano Allegri's side can now turn their attention to a big week that will see them play Sevilla in the Champions League before taking on rivals Inter at San Siro.

Gianluigi Buffon got down sharply to make an early save from Matteo Politano, an intervention which was made all the more important by Higuain's rampant start.

In the fourth minute, Higuain latched on to strike partner Paulo Dybala's pass to cap a fast break with a low finish into the far corner.

Higuain soon had his second when he pounced on Khedira's header and smashed in a superb volley from 12 yards out.

Leonardo Bonucci - returning to the Juve side as part of four changes from Allegri - headed narrowly wide from Dybala's corner as the hosts threatened to run riot.

A third goal did arrive in the 27th minute when Pjanic directed an excellent header off the crossbar following Stephan Lichtsteiner's cross before reacting fastest to find the top corner from the rebound.

Sassuolo got one back six minutes later when Buffon and Alex Sandro both failed to clear Francesco Magnanelli's corner, allowing Antei to fortuitously convert from close range.

Khedira was looking to score for the third straight Serie A game and he tested Consigli from long range early in the second half.

Consgili then made a great stop to deny Pjanic a second as the midfielder collected Dybala's pass and bore down on goal, before Alex Sandro was not far away with his effort after collecting the rebound.

Dybala had a shot of his own saved, Giorgio Chiellini headed just off-target and Consigli denied Lichtsteiner while Higuain had two efforts blocked as he sought a hat-trick, with a fourth Juve goal continuing to look more likely than a second for the visitors.

Juve closed out a routine victory by withdrawing Higuain, Khedira and Dybala, with Sassuolo struggling in attack in the absence of injured talisman Domenico Berardi.

Indeed, they did not produce a second-half shot on target until the 88th minute when Lichtsteiner raced back to clear Politano's strike off the line and end any hopes of a late comeback.


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