TURIN, Italy — Juventus moved top of the Serie A standings with a 2-1 home win over lowly Cagliari as defenders Gleison Bremer and Daniele Rugani scored in the second half to secure a fifth consecutive victory for their side.
Juventus, who is unbeaten in Serie A since the end of September, leads the standings with 29 points.
Neither side had a shot on target in the first half but Federico Chiesa had an early chance for Juventus after the break which was saved by Cagliari keeper Simone Scuffet, Reuters reported.
Juve had another opportunity through Filip Kostic but the Serbia midfielder’s shot from a tight angle was also stopped by Scuffet.
Bremer broke the deadlock on the hour mark with a towering header from a Kostic cross and Rugani doubled the lead 10 minutes later, bundling the ball in with his chest after hitting the bar following a corner.
Cagliari briefly silenced the Juventus Stadium when they pulled one back in the 75th minute through defender Alberto Dossena who nodded home from a corner.
After six consecutive clean sheets, Juventus conceded their first goal since the 4-2 loss at Sassuolo on Sept. 23.
Juve hosts Inter in a top-of-the-table clash on Nov. 26, following the international break.
Cagliari, who last weekend climbed out of the relegation zone with a 2-1 win over Genoa, is 17th on nine points.
AC Milan let slip a two-goal lead for the second time in three league matches and also lost key player Rafael Leao to injury in a drama-filled 2-2 draw at Lecce in Serie A.
Milan appeared to be heading for its first league win in more than a month following goals from Olivier Giroud and Tijjani Reijnders but Lecce drew level in the second half with two goals in four minutes from Nicola Sansone and Lameck Banda.
Lecce had what would have been a stoppage-time winner ruled out by the video assistant referee, moments after Milan forward Giroud was sent off, AP reported.
Milan was hoping to get back on track in Serie A after ending a winless run with a 2-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday.
The Rossoneri were already without a number of players, including United States standout Christian Pulisic, and its injury crisis deepened when Leao limped off in the 10th minute.
His replacement Noah Okafor had a hand in the opening goal in the 28th minute as he played a one-two with Theo Hernandez, who then cut into the box and crossed for Giroud to chest in from point-blank range, marking his 100th appearance for Milan with a goal.
Milan doubled its lead seven minutes later with a superb solo goal from Reijnders, who raced downfield from near the halfway line before firing past Wladimiro Falcone for his first goal for Milan since joining from AZ Alkmaar in the offseason.