A Sami Khedira hat-trick helped Juventus get their Serie A campaign back on track with a sparkling 6-2 win over Udinese despite the first-half dismissal of Mario Mandzukic.
The Bianconeri had taken one point from their previous two games after winning their first six of the season, but a win at Stadio Friuli means they are now just three points behind Napoli at the summit of Serie A.
The hosts took an early lead through Stipe Perica, but it was little surprise that a team who have scored more first-half goals than anyone else in the league this season responded in scintillating fashion.
A comical Samir own goal pulled Massimiliano Allegri's side level before Khedira got the first of his treble with a fine header.
Mandzukic then received his marching orders midway through the opening period for two quick-fire yellow cards and Udinese took advantage of their numerical superiority just after the break as Danilo headed in.
Juve powered back, though, as a header from Rugani, two superb finishes from Khedira and a late Miralem Pjanic goal secured all three points and put the pressure on Inter and Napoli above them in the table.
Udinese started in emphatic fashion and were ahead after just eight minutes.
Perica picked Rugani's pocket just inside the Juventus half before bursting towards the penalty area. The Croatian made light work of Giorgio Chiellini, turning the Italy defender inside out, and fired a crisp left-foot strike past Gianluigi Buffon for his first goal of the season.
Their lead did not last long, though, as the visitors pulled level in slapstick fashion in the 14th minute.
Pjanic's corner was delivered with trademark precision, but Brazilian defender Samir got his positioning horribly wrong and sent a thumping header into his own net.
Chiellini failed to mirror Samir's accuracy moments later with a back-post header before an incisive move resulted in Juve's second after 20 minutes.
Juan Cuadrado ran into space down the right and delivered a teasing cross into the path of Germany international Khedira, who powered a header into Albano Bizzarri's bottom corner to open his account for the season.
Gonzalo Higuain could have put Juve further ahead, crashing an instinctive shot against the post, before a moment of madness from Mandzukic handed the initiative to Udinese.
The Croatia striker was initially booked for confronting Ali Adnan after taking issue with a heavy tackle in the area and then received an immediate second caution for demonstrating vociferously to referee Daniele Doveri.
Clearly buoyed by the 31-year-old's dismissal, Udinese started to display more attacking intent and Jakub Jankto was twice denied a leveller just before the break by two outstanding saves from Buffon.
Udinese started the second period in similar fashion to the first and equalised just two minutes after the restart.
Rodrigo de Paul sent in an inviting free-kick and Danilo took full advantage of some abysmal marking to send a close-range header past Buffon.
Juve did not have to wait long to reclaim the lead, though, as just five minutes later Rugani met a Paulo Dybala free-kick to send a header in off the post.
Another Dybala set piece led to Juve's fourth in the 59th minute. The Argentine's whipped ball was met by Rugani inside the six-yard box, but instead of going for goal the Italian opted to head down towards Khedira, who drilled a left-foot volley home from close range.
Khedira completed his hat-trick with a sweetly struck shot past an exposed Bizzarri in the 87th minute before Pjanic rounded off a memorable evening for Allegri's side in injury time with a deflected shot from long range.
Key Opta stats:
- Juventus scored six goals in a Serie A game away from home for the first time since November 2012.
- Sami Khedira scored his first hat-trick in a competitive match since March 2008 (for Germany U21).
- Mario Mandzukic's red card is the first shown to a Juventus player in Serie A since May 2016 (Alex Sandro v Verona).
- This was also Mandzukic’s first red card in a competitive game played for a club in the top-five European leagues (289 total appearances).
- The assist for Daniele Rugani’s goal was the first provided by Paulo Dyabla in Serie A this season.
- Juventus scored six goals with only five shots on target (one own goal, no save for Bizzarri).
|Nainggolan reaffirms Roma commitment after Simeone praise|
|Chiefs sign veteran CB Revis|
|England choose to bat as Warner, Marsh cleared to play for Australia|
|Beathard, not Garoppolo, named 49ers starter v Seahawks|
|Simeone hails Griezmann´s ´extraordinary´ volley|
|Emery hails Neymar after stunning Celtic win|
|Freeney joins Lions day after being cut by Seahawks|
|Championship Review: Wolves thrash 10-man Leeds, Middlesbrough cruise|
|Goncharenko delighted for clean sheet star Akinfeev|
|I hope Barcelona rest Messi – Jesus|
|Broncos name Lynch starting QB for Raiders game|
|Thiago suffered a serious injury, says Heynckes|
|Valverde explains decision to bench Messi|
|Coleman the latest to join Rebels revolution|
|LeBron: Defensive consistency key to Cavs winning streak|
|Bills revert to Tyrod Taylor as starting QB after Nathan Peterman disaster|
|Absent Stokes wishes England well|
|Iniesta hails ´splendid´ Ter Stegen as Barcelona seal last-16 spot|
|Griezmann shrugs off goalless streak after wonderstrike keeps Atletico´s hopes alive|
|We should have been 5-0 up – Mourinho unimpressed with wasteful United|
|Toure reveals Guardiola anger with City´s Feyenoord display|
|Warriors star Durant says he will play against Thunder|
|Paris Saint-Germain set Champions League scoring record in Celtic rout|
|Sporting CP 3 Olympiacos 1: Dost on target as hosts stay in contention|
|Bielsa suspended by struggling Lille|
|Anderlecht 1 Bayern Munich 2: Lewandowski and Tolisso give visitors win|
|Atletico Madrid 2 Roma 0: Griezmann returns to form with wondergoal|
|Basel 1 Manchester United 0: Late Lang goal leaves Mourinho´s men with work to do|
|Paris Saint-Germain 7 Celtic 1: Cavani and Neymar score braces in sparkling win|
|Juventus 0 Barcelona 0: Messi benched but Valverde´s men in last 16|
|Bennett backs New Zealand to recover from World Cup exit|
|No Samoa donation from England squad - Borthwick|
|Conte pleased to take pressure off Atletico clash|
|Success in Europe will help Milan´s league form, Montella claims|
|Bauza sacked by Saudi Arabia|
|Browns´ Josh Gordon returns to practice|
|Azarenka confirms place at ASB Classic|
|Willian: For me, it was a penalty|
|Akinfeev keeps first Champions League clean sheet since November 2006|
|Messi rested by Barcelona side for Juventus clash|
|CSKA Moscow 2 Benfica 0: Goncharenko´s men boost progression hopes|
|Qarabag 0 Chelsea 4: Hazard, Willian lead Blues into last 16|
|Wood not giving up hope of Ashes role|
|If he´s fit, he will go – Wenger backs Welbeck for World Cup call|
|Gatland delighted by North´s return|
|Pressure the key to beating All Blacks, says Gregan|
|FIA president Todt to run unchallenged for re-election|
|Niasse banned over diving charge after FA rejects Everton appeal|
|Sri Lanka want Tigers head coach Hathurusingha|
|F1 Raceweek: Hamilton hunting more records - Abu Dhabi GP in numbers|
|North to leave Saints and return to Wales|
|Real Madrid´s Carvajal faces UEFA investigation over APOEL booking|
|Dimitrov never lost belief in own ability|
|Everton fined €30,000 over fan trouble against Lyon|
|No change in Everton manager hunt, says Unsworth|
|Chiellini to miss Barcelona match with thigh injury|
|McIlroy to make return in Abu Dhabi|
|Maitland among four Scotland changes for Wallabies clash|
|Former Everton and Nigeria striker Yakubu retires|
|Robinson talks up England World Cup chances|
|The Ashes: Series predictions vary wildly ahead of first Test|
|Liverpool looking into claims of Seville police assault against fans|
|Smith surprised by Australia selections - Cowan|
|Toure hails Foden as the ´future´ of Manchester City|
|Record Ronaldo nomination as Real Madrid dominate UEFA Team of the Year candidates|
|Williams call on Kubica for Abu Dhabi testing|
|Heynckes stay is ´best solution´ for Bayern, says Robben|
|Racing allow O´Gara to join Crusaders|
|Courtois parks Chelsea contract talks|
|Parker team make ´final offer´ for Joshua fight|