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MILAN---Runaway leader Juventus took another
important step towards the Serie A title as it eased
to a 2-0 win over second-place Lazio yesterday.
Carlos Tevez scored a league-leading 18th goal, and
Leonardo Bonucci added the second within 29 minutes
at Juventus Stadium, blowing away Lazio s hopes of a
ninth successive victory.
Lazio midfielder Danilo Cataldi was sent off late on
for a dangerous tackle on Tevez.
Juventus moved 15 points clear of Lazio, which could
be overtaken by city rival Roma when it hosts Atalanta
Victory also boosted Juventus ahead of Wednesday s
trip to Monaco for the second leg of their Champions
Earlier, Sampdoria was held to a goalless draw at
home by relegation-threatened Cesena, despite playing
with four strikers as it attempted to improve its chances
of qualifying for Europe.
Lazio knew a club-record ninth successive win would
cut Juventus lead to a not-impossible nine points, with
seven rounds remaining.
Juve had slumped to a shock 1-0 defeat at bottom
club Parma last weekend ahead of the first leg of its
Champions League quarterfinal---which it won 1-0 fol-
lowing a controversial penalty---and was keen to avoid
making the same mistakes.
Alvaro Morata was rested and replaced by Alessandro
Matri in a strong starting XI, while Lazio was missing
key players such as Stefan de Vrij, Marco Parolo, Stefan
Radu, Filip Djordjevic and suspended duo Pedro Luis
Cavanda and Diego Novaretti.
The match was also a preview to the Italian Cup
final between them in June.
Tevez broke the deadlock in the 17th minute with
his first touch, springing the offside trap onto a long
ball flicked on by Arturo Vidal and firing into the bottom
right corner. Tevez was also involved in the second,
making a darting run to fool the Lazio defence and
allowing Bonucci to sprint forward from the halfway
line before drilling hard and low past Federico Mar-
In half an hour, Lazio had conceded as many goals
as it had during its entire run of eight successive wins.
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon made several
crucial saves in the second half but Lazio never really
looked like getting back into the game.
Lazio s misery was complete in the 89th minute
when Cataldi was shown a straight red card.
Sampdoria provisionally moved level on points with
fourth-place Napoli. (AP)
Runaway Serie A
Juventus' Carlos Tevez celebrates after scoring
during the Serie A football match between Juventus
and Lazio at the Juventus stadium, in Turin, Italy,
yesterday. Juventus won 2-0. AP PHOTO
showed it can cope with injuries
and without top scorer Zlatan
Ibrahimovic as it won 3-1 at Nice
yesterday to pressure Lyon in
the close-fought French title
Midfielder Javier Pastore scored
twice, either side of captain Math-
ieu Bodmer s equaliser for Nice,
and forward Edinson Cavani
sealed the win with a penalty.
PSG was one point ahead of
Lyon with six games remaining.
Lyon can reclaim top spot if it
beats bitter rival Saint-Etienne at
home today, but will have played
one more game than PSG. Third-
place Monaco lost ground to PSG
as it conceded a last-minute goal
in a 1-1 home draw with Rennes
ahead of the return leg of its
Champions League quarterfinal
against Juventus. PSG was missing
captain Thiago Silva and mid-
fielder Thiago Motta through
injury, while Ibrahimovic started
his three-match ban for insulting
match officials following a defeat
Pastore soothed the nerves with
goals in each half. Before halftime,
he gave a crisp finish to a cross
from winger Lucas. After halftime,
he restored the lead putting away
a rebound save.
Blanc rested left back Maxwell
and key midfielder Blaise Matuidi
for Tuesday s Champions League
return leg against Barcelona, where
PSG faces a massive task against
the Spanish league leader after
losing the first leg 3-1 at home.
PSG, which has already secured
the League Cup, remains in com-
petition for the domestic treble,
and is through to the French Cup
final. Monaco needs to overturn
a 1-0 deficit against Juventus after
Arturo Vidal scored a controversial
penalty in Turin
In late games, Reims coach
Olivier Guegan led his team to a
first win since taking over this
month as the Champagne side
defeated Bastia 2-1 to move three
points above the relegation zone.
Fourth-place Marseille lost 1-0 at
Nantes on Friday for a third
straight defeat. (AP)
Pastore scores twice as PSG wins
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