Juventus secured their first points in the Champions League this season after Angel Di Maria got a hat-trick of assists and Adrien Rabiot netted twice in a 3-1 home win over Maccabi Haifa in Group H on Wednesday.
The game marked a return to form for Argentine Di Maria, who had struggled with injuries and suspension this season.
“Di Maria was marvellous with his passes, he is an extraordinary player, his first game in quite a while and he did really well,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri told Sky Sport Italia.
Dusan Vlahovic’s early header wide showed that Juve were determined not to lose four consecutive matches in the Champions League for the first time.
The Italian side took the lead after 35 minutes when Di Maria played a perfectly timed pass to Rabiot, who finished high into the net to the relief of coach Massimiliano Allegri and the fans in the stadium.
Di Maria then fed an unmarked Vlahovic from midfield in the 50th minute, and the Serbian doubled the lead when he calmly beat keeper Joshua Cohen.
Haifa reduced the deficit in the 75th minute when substitute Din David rounded Juve keeper Wojciech Szczesny.