ROME, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Captain Alessandro Del Piero marked his 500th game for Juventus by inspiring a 4-2 home victory over Bari on Saturday which put the Turin club back on top of Serie B.
The 32-year-old striker scored one goal and set up two more as Juve took their points tally to 38 from 20 matches, two ahead of Napoli who drew 1-1 at Lecce.
Genoa lie third on 35 points after beating Mantova 2-1 on Friday.
Juve's defence was caught napping less than 60 seconds into the game and Bari striker Vincenzo Santoruvo was in plenty of space as he stroked the ball past keeper Antonio Mirante.
Del Piero created the equaliser when he dribbled into the area and fired a low ball across the face of the goal for David Trezeguet to turn in.
Pavel Nedved, back after a five-match ban, put Juve ahead on the stroke of halftime with an angled shot.
Del Piero got on the scoresheet midway through the second half when he brought down a long pass by Marco Marchionni before dispatching a clinical shot past keeper Jean-Francois Gillet.
It was his 204th goal since making his Juve debut in September 1993.
Del Piero then provided a through ball for Nedved to grab his second of the game before Carlo Gervasoni headed in a corner for Bari a minute from the end.