Beginning from the very back, Allegri's decision to rest Gianluigi Buffon produced one of the most unexpectedly striking statistics of the night: Neto's UCL debut meant that the Bianconeri contested a Champions League fixture without Buffon for the first time since December 2008, Alex Manninger his replacement that day.
At the very front, there was to be a very productive evening for Gonzalo Higuain, the Argentine netting the all-important first goal of the game on 52 minutes, his tenth of the season in 20 appearances, and third in five in Europe.
Joining Pipita on the scoresheet was Daniele Rugani, whose fine near-post header made it two strikes in the space of four days for the young defender.
Supplying the corner for Rugani's well-timed run and jump? Miralem Pjanic of course. Three assists in two outings now for the Bosnian who remains top of his team's creative charts (five goals, six assists).
As voted by supporters on Twitter, the appearance of a certain Paulo Dybala was the standout highlight of the night.
Pulling on the black and white for the first time in 46 days since limping out of October's defeat to Milan, La Joya made his presence felt immediately, attemping three shots in the space of 10 minutes, only Pjanic managed more over the full 90.