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Juventus’ Argentinian striker Paulo Dybala (R) fights for the ball with Benevento’s Brazilian midfielder Sandro Guimares during the Italian Serie A football match Benevento Calcio vs FC Juventus on March 7, 2018 at the Ciro Vigorito Stadium. CARLO HERMANN / AFP

Paulo Dybala scored a hat-trick including two from the spot to extend Juventus’ lead at the top of Serie A with a 4-2 win at battling bottom club Benevento on Saturday.

The Turin giants moved a step closer to a seventh straight Italian title, four days before they travel to Real Madrid needing to overturn a 3-0 deficit to reach the Champions League semi-finals.

Juventus now lead second-placed Napoli, who travel to Chievo on Sunday, by seven points.

Malian forward Cheick Diabate scored a brace to pull Benevento back into the game twice but the promoted side fell to their 26th defeat in 31 games.

Dybala — who will miss to trip to Madrid after seeing red in the first leg — opened the scoring after quarter of an hour in Naples, and got the second just before the break when he slotted in a penalty awarded after consultation with the video assistant referee.

The 24-year-old completed his treble with a penalty awarded after 74 minutes when Gonzalo Higuain was brought down in the box, before Douglas Costa added the fourth eight minutes from time with a magnificent curling effort.

Argentine Dybala now has 25 goals in all competitions this season.

Juventus dominated early against a side who were 65 points below…



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