The former Manchester United midfielder unlocked a tense battle in Turin with a well-struck opener on the hour before helping Stephan Lichtsteiner scored a second in the 74th minute.
Samuel Eto’o watched his new Sampdoria team-mates play out a 1-1 draw with Palermo at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris last night after completing a medical.
The 33-year-old Cameroonian is poised to officially swap Everton for Genoa and he was in the Marassi stands yesterday. Eder’s scored early for Samp but Franco Vazquez hit back after the break.
But with 34 points from 20 games, Sinisa Mihaljovic’s Samp climb above Napoli and into fourth place.
Fiorentina’s Mario Gomez rediscovered his goalscoring touch last night to keep Roma choking in the title race. The striker, signed from Bayern Munich in 2013, doubled his tally for the current league campaign with a first-half opener.
Even though Roma did manage to level through former Viola midfielder Adem Ljajic following the restart, they had to settle for a 1-1 draw and are now seven points behind leaders Juve .
Emiliano Moretti’s last-gasp winner earned Torino a surprise 1-0 victory at Inter Milan.
In Spain, two goals from Daniel Parejo — one from the spot — and one from Javi Fuego saw Valencia beat Sevilla 3-1 last night. Carlos Bacca scored from the spot for Sevilla but also missed a penalty.
Espanyol enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 win over struggling Almeria. Christian Stuani scored a brace and Felipe Caicedo was on target yet again.
New Granada coach Abel Resino saw his side snatch a late point away to relegation rivals Deportivo La Coruna as his first match in charge ended in a 2-2 draw. Piti had given Granada a sixth-minute lead but Depor turned the game around with two goals in the space of five minutes from Jose Rodriguez and Lucas Perez, and they seemed well set for the three points.
However, Robert Ibanez struck and equaliser with seven minutes left.
Lyon moved four points clear in Ligue 1 with a 2-0 win over Metz with goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Corentin Tolisso. Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s penalty saw PSG win at Saint Etienne to join Marseille in second.