Cristiano Ronaldo displayed all his star quality as he helped Juve come from behind and eventually defeat a stubborn Empoli side.
Aurelio Andreazzoli's men made life hard for the champions and took a first-half lead through Francesco Caputo before Ronaldo entered the stage after the break, first equalising from the penalty spot before firing home a stunning winner.
POSSESSION WITH NO PRODUCT
Daniele Rugani came in to partner Leonardo Bonucci at the heart of defence after Giorgio Chiellini pulled out during the warm-up and Mattia De Sciglio made his first appearance of the season.
Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala and Federico Bernardeschi began as the front three and found themselves faced by a thick blue wall on the edge of the Empoli area. The home side did look to get forward when they won the ball back but their main concern was clearly to limit the risks at the back.
As a result, the Bianconeri enjoyed long spells of possession but rarely managed to break through Empoli's lines, with their passing lacking a touch of pace. Ronaldo, Dybala and Miralem Pjanic tried their luck from distance without finding the target.