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dysfunctional South African Football
Association is facing serious financial
difficulties and may have "dipped into"
Fifa's World Cup legacy money to keep
it "afloat," a newspaper reported
yesterday, the latest in a stream of
allegations that are undermining the
long-term success of the country's
historic tournament three years ago.
Although Fifa had already dismissed
any allegations over the improper use
of the 450 million rand (US$50 million)
legacy fund it left South Africa from the
2010 World Cup, the front-page story in
South Africa's Sunday Times was
another indication of the crisis facing
the national federation, which will soon
be investigated by the government
after a dramatic three-year decline
since the landmark first World Cup in
The ongoing allegations of major
financial mismanagement and
corruption within SAFA over possible
match-fixing just before the World Cup
have led to clear concerns from the
South African government and national
Olympic committee over the running of
MILAN---Juventus used two late
goals to beat Torino 2-0 in the
Derby della Mole yesterday as the
defending champion inched closer
to its 29th title.
Arturo Vidal scored three minutes
from time to give Juventus the vic-
tory, shortly after Torino had been
denied what looked a clear penalty.
Torino defender Kamil Glik was then
sent off in the final minute before
Claudio Marchisio sealed the result.
Antonio Conte s team is 11 points
ahead of second-place Napoli and
can secure the title against Palermo
leapfrogged AC Milan into third place
and the last Champions League spot
after beating Sampdoria 3-0.
It is two points ahead of Milan,
which plays Catania later.
Elsewhere, Pablo Daniel Osvaldo
scored a hat trick to help Roma to
a 4-0 win over struggling Siena,
which slipped into the relegation
zone after Palermo beat Inter Milan
Mirko Vucinic should have opened
the scoring for Juventus in the 11th
minute when he beat the offside trap
to run onto Paul Pogba s through
ball, but he misfired and his effort
rolled wide. Vidal also had a chance
shortly after but headed over.
Juventus was getting stronger and
Pogba almost fired into an empty
net before Glik made a decisive block.
Torino almost took the lead on the
stroke of halftime as Mario Santana
forced goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon
into a diving save.
There was more of the same in
the second half as Torino continued
to frustrate Juventus.
Torino hadn t scored in the past
seven derby matches but could have
done so late on. Alessio Cerci flashed
the ball across the face of goal and
Jonathas was prevented from con-
necting with it in front of an empty
net as his shirt was being held by
Torino s appeals for a penalty were
waved away and Juventus took the
lead when Vidal fired a shot just
inside the left post from 20 meters.
Glik was then sent off for a second
booking before Juventus doubled its
lead when Fabio Quagliarella nodded
Andrea Pirlo s free kick across goal
for an unmarkd Marchisio to volley
Meanwhile, Fiorentina broke the
deadlock in stunning fashion in the
36th minute when Juan Cuadrado
blasted a screamer from 30 meters
into the bottom left corner.
Adem Ljajic then squeezed in a
shot between a crowd of players six
minutes later for a special goal for
the Fiorentina striker.
Sampdoria manager Delio Rossi
was fired by Fiorentina almost a year
ago to the day for punching Ljajic
in the dugout.
Fiorentina sealed the result in the
73rd. Ljajic did well to force his way
into the area before passing to Alber-
to Aquilani for the simplest of tap-
ins.Daniele Gastaldello was sent off
late on for a dreadful tackle from
behind on Ljajic.
In Rome, Osvaldo got his first in
the 14th minute, collecting Erik
Lamela s cross and lifting the ball
over Siena goalkeeper Gianluca Pego-
lo.Roma doubled its lead less than
two minutes later, Lamela slotting
home following a delightful chip
over the defence by Francesco Totti.
Osvaldo hit the post, before dou-
bling his tally four minutes from the
interval. Alessandro Florenzi did well
to win the ball near the deadball line,
and he cut it back to Osvaldo, who
fired it into the bottom left corner.
The Italy striker completed his
hat trick midway through the second
half. Totti s shot was saved by Pegolo,
but the ball escaped from his grasp
and Osvaldo rushed forwards to tap
it into an empty net.
Roma moved into fifth and boost-
ed its chances of a Europa League
spot. It is two points above seventh-
Palermo got off to a bright start
and could have taken the lead in the
seventh minute but goalkeeper Samir
Handanovic did well to smother Fab-
rizio Miccoli s volley.
The Sicilian side took the lead just
three minutes later when former
Palermo defender Matias Silvestre
gifted the ball to Miccoli, who poked
it through for Josip Ilicic to score his
fifth goal in as many games.
Matters got worse for Inter when
captain Javier Zanetti was carried
off on a stretcher. It was later con-
firmed he tore his Achilles tendon
and now faces a six-nine month lay-
off.Zanetti turns 40 in August and
there are fears that the injury could
spell the end of his career.
Genoa also boosted its chances of
avoiding relegation when Marco Bor-
riello helped it to a 1-0 win at Chievo
Siena is now in penultimate place
in Serie A, two points below Genoa
Elswhere, Lazio defender Giuseppe
Biava was sent off for a second book-
ing in stoppage time as the capital
club drew 0-0 at Parma.
South Africa's World Cup legacy under threat
Juventus cruises in Serie A derby
Vidal, of Chile, right,
Mijen Basha, of
Switzerland, during a
Serie A football match
at the Olympic
Stadium in Turin, Italy,
used two late goals to
beat Torino 2-0 in the
Derby della Mole as
closer to its 29th title.
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