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TURIN---Gianluigi Buffon is
three minutes away from equaling
a 22-year record after Juventus
beat Sassuolo 1--0 to move pro-
visionally six points clear at the
top of Serie A yesterday.
Paulo Dybala scored the only
goal of an entertaining match and
Juventus kept a tenth successive
clean sheet in the league.
Juventus goalkeeper Buffon has
not been beaten in Serie A in 926
minutes, now the second-longest
stretch in league history.
The unbeaten record in Serie A
is held by Sebastiano Rossi, who
kept a clean sheet for 929 con-
secutive minutes for AC Milan
from December 12, 1993, to Feb-
ruary 27, 1994, beating the previous
mark set by former Juventus goal-
keeper Dino Zoff in 1972-73 by 26
Buffon can match Rossi s record
in next weekend s derby match at
Before that Juventus visits Bay-
ern Munich in the last 16 of the
Champions League. It drew 2--2
with the German side in the first
leg.When the two teams faced each
other in October, Juventus had won
only three of its first nine matches.
The four-time defending champion
went on to lose 1--0 in Reggio
Emilia, finishing the round in 12th
Juventus has won 18 of its 19
matches since then---setting a new
club record---and heads the stand-
ings. Napoli can cut the gap slightly
when it visits Palermo on Sunday
There were chances for both
sides and Sami Khedira should
have given Juventus the lead in the
26th minute but he volleyed
Dybala s pullback over an empty
net from three yards (meters).
Juventus did break the deadlock
10 minutes later as Dybala curled
a delightful effort into the top left
corner from the edge of the area.
It was Dybala s 14th league goal
of the season, a personal best for
the Argentina forward, who scored
13 for Palermo last campaign.
Sassuolo threatened on several
occasions and Buffon did well to
protect his record chase by denying
Nicola Sansone in the dying stages.
Buffon 3 minutes from
Serie A record after
Juventus wins 1--0
Juventus' Gianluigi Buffon, left, Paulo Dybala and Claudio Marchisio celebrate at the end of a Serie A soccer
match between Juventus and Sassuolo at the Juventus stadium, in Turin, Italy, yesterday. AP PHOTO
MONACO---Paris Saint-Germain is
just one victory away from securing
a fourth straight French title after sec-
ond-place Monaco dropped points in
a 2--2 home draw against Reims yes-
Despite twice taking the lead thanks
to goals from Brazilian striker Vagner
Love, Monaco failed to get the better
of Reims, which is based in France s
Champagne-making region. PSG can
celebrate another title by winning away
at last-place Troyes on Sunday.
PSG provisionally leads Monaco by
22 points and can extend that to 25 by
beating Troyes---which has the worst
defense in the league---after which are
eight games and a maximum 24 points
Striker Gaetan Charbonnier and
Brazilan midfielder Diego Rigonato
scored for Reims. (AP)
PSG can take title
tomorrow after Monaco
draws with Reims
strengthened its grip on third place
in the Bundesliga and a direct berth
in the Champions League with a 2--0
win over Schalke yesterday.
Vedad Ibisevic and Niklas Stark
scored in either half to end Hertha s
14-match winless streak against Schalke
stretching back nearly ten years.
Coming off two straight wins,
Schalke would have overtaken Hertha
with a win but now falls four points
behind and could drop further when
the weekend is over.
Ibisevic collected a short pass from
Genki Haraguchi to drive home in the
42nd. Defender Stark rose high unchal-
lenged at the near post to meet a corner
and head into the far side of the net
in the 65th.
Ibisevic and Tolkga Cigerci missed
great chances for Hertha, which also
hit the crossbar.
Juan Pablo Amor scored from out-
side the area to secure a 1--0 win
over Sporting Gijon in the Spanish
After receiving the ball on the edge
of a packed area, Amor cut back to
his left foot to open an angle and
unleashed a curling strike into the
corner for the 25th-minute winner.
Sporting substitute Carlos Castro
hit the post in the visitors best
chance with 15 minutes to play.
Malaga s first victory in six rounds
provisionally lifted it to eighth place.
"We knew that this game was vital
because we needed the three points
to get back on a winning path," Amor
said. "It wasn t our best game, but
we got the win."
Sporting s winless streak reached
eight games as it stayed in the rel-
"Our options are running out,"
Sporting defender Alberto Lora said.
"But this team is convinced that we
can turn this around and avoid the
Leader Barcelona, which hosts
Getafe on Saturday, has an eight-
point lead over second-place Atletico
Madrid, which hosts Deportivo La
Coruna. Third-place Real Madrid
visits Las Palmas in the Canary
Islands tomorrow. (AP)
Hertha Berlin beats
Schalke to strengthen
grip on 3rd place
Schalke's Johannes Geis, rear, and Berlin's Genki Haraguchi, front, challenge for
the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC Berlin
and FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Malaga edges Sporting 1--0 in Spanish league
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