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ROME---Giuseppe Rossi scored a hat
trick yesterday as Fiorentina came back
from two goals down to stun two-time
defending champion and fierce rival
Juventus 4-2 in Serie A.
Carlos Tevez and Paul Pogba gave Juven-
tus a 2-0 halftime lead but Rossi struck
back with goals in the 65th, 76th and 80th
and Spanish forward Joaquin added his
first Serie A strike in the 78th.
"It s difficult to score against Juve and
even more diffiult to score four times,"
Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella said.
"Coming against a historic rival, this was
a marvelous and splendid Sunday."
Rossi has eight goals through eight
rounds. The United States-born forward
was recently called back into Italy s national
team after two years of injuries and three
"The goals were great but we really
reacted well as a squad in the second half,"
Rossi said. "We showed a lot of courage
and a lot of heart. We can play with any-
Rossi s father, Fernando, died in 2010.
"Rossi has had two tough years both
family-wise and injury-wise," Fiorentina
captain Manuel Pasqual said. "He deserved
a day like this."
After its first loss, Juventus remained
tied with Napoli five points behind Roma,
which beat Napoli 2-0 Friday to extend
its winning start to eight matches. Fiorenti-
na is fifth, nine points back.
Promoted Hellas Verona is fourth, one
point ahead of Fiorentina, after beating
Parma 3-2 with a goal from Fabrizio Cac-
ciatore and two penalties from Jorginho
---one earned by former Italy forward Luca
Fiorentina had not beaten Juventus at
home since December, 1998, when Gabriel
Batistuta was the club s key scorer.
"For our fans, it s as if we won a trophy
today," Pasqual said.
Juventus, meanwhile, doesn t have much
time to regroup, with a match at Real
Madrid in the Champions League on
"The match was closed," Juventus coach
Antonio Conte said. "Then something
unthinkable happened. We lost a match
that we were dominating. But that s foot-
ball. ... We need to learn something from
In other matches, it was: Atalanta 2,
Lazio 1; Genoa 2, Chievo Verona 1; Livorno
1, Sampdoria 2; Sassuolo 2, Bologna 1.
Later, Inter Milan visits Torino in its
first match since an announced takeover
of the club by a group of Indonesians.
In Florence, it was all Juventus until
Mati Fernandez was fouled by Kwadwo
Asamoah to set up a penalty for Rossi in
Ten minutes later, Rossi appeared to
surprise Gianluigi Buffon with a shot from
beyond the area that the Juventus and Italy
goalkeeper should have stopped.
Joaquin was then left all alone inside
the area to make it 3-2 and Rossi rounded
out a career performance by finishing off
a counterattack with Juan Cuadrado.
In the 85th, Rossi exited to a well-earned
It was quite a turnaround from the first
Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo hit the
crossbar in the 14th and the visitors took
control when Tevez was fouled by Gonzalo
Rodriguez at the edge of the area to set
up a penalty for the Argentina forward in
Pogba doubled Juve s lead three minutes
later by volleying in after Cuadrado s clear-
ing attempt went straight up into the air.
Earlier in Bergamo, midfielder Luca Cig-
arini scored one goal and set up another
as Atalanta won its third straight. (AP)
BARCELONA---Getafe eased past 10-
man Granada 2-0 yesterday to match
a club record with a fourth consecutive
win that kept the Madrid side close to
the top four in the Spanish league.
Rayo Vallecano and Elche also had
players dismissed but both gutted out
victories on the road to continue their
respective winning streaks.
Visiting Getafe was helped by a dis-
astrous day for Granada s center backs,
one being sent off early and the other
opening the scoring with an own goal.
Pape Diakhate received his second
yellow card in the 31st minute and
defensive partner Jeison Murillo knocked
Pedro Leon s cross into Granada s goal
two minutes after halftime.
Leon sealed the result for Getafe in
the 55th with a strike from the edge of
the area. "Not long ago we were in sec-
ond-to-last place and now we have
won five of our last six games, that s
a tremendous run in the first division,"
said Getafe coach Luis Garcia. "I m very
happy for my players and our fans. They
should enjoy this, but stay humble and
Barcelona leads the league after a 0-
0 draw at Osasuna on Saturday when
Atletico Madrid lost 1-0 at Espanyol to
fall one point behind. Real Madrid is a
further two points back in third place
after beating Malaga 2-0, also on Sat-
urday. Granada s struggles in attack
continued with a league-low five goals
through nine rounds.
Its fourth loss in five home games
this season sparked sections of the Los
Carmenes Stadium crowd to call for
coach Lucas Alcaraz to step down.
PARIS---Monaco fell two
points behind French league
leader Paris Saint-Germain
after wasting a two-goal
lead in its 2-2 draw at
struggling Sochaux yester-
Unbeaten Monaco looked
set for another win when
Belgian winger Yannick Fer-
reira Carrasco scored twice
in the first 10 minutes.
But Sochaux coach Herve
Renard---who guided Zambia
to the African Cup of
Nations title last year---saw
his team pull a goal back in
the 57th through striker
Cedric Bakambu and mid-
fielder Joseph Loby equalised
in the 69th.
"At 2-0 up, we should
have kept playing like we
had in the opening 15 min-
utes to kill the game off,"
Monaco midfielder Jeremy
Toulalan said. "We didn t do
that and they took full
The draw moved Sochaux
off the bottom of the table,
one point ahead of Valenci-
ennes and one behind Lori-
PSG thrashed Bastia 4-0
at home on Saturday to
maintain its unbeaten start
to the season.
After 10 league games,
PSG has 24 points---the best
start since Lyon tallied 28
from 10 in the 2006-07 sea-
Ferreira Carrasco opened
the scoring in the fifth
minute when James
Rodriguez set him up from
the left and he finished pow-
erfully from close range. He
added another after Brazilian
defender Carlao s back pass
to the goalkeeper fell short.
"Our two goals were mar-
velous and then click it s
all over," Monaco coach
Claudio Ranieri said. "That s
Sochaux s goals came
from corners, highlighting
Monaco s vulnerability on
Rafael Dias took both cor-
ners, the first from the left
as Bakambu got the better
of the Monaco defense, and
the second from the right as
Lopy headed home at the
back post after losing his
Monaco s top scorer
Radamel Falcao missed a late
chance to win the game
when his mishit effort rolled
wide of the post.
Monaco center half Eric
Abidal pulled out moments
before the game after com-
plaining of a thigh problem.
"It s nothing serious,"
Abidal said. "I d already felt
some pain yesterday and I
didn t want to take any risks.
It s better to sit out for three
days than three weeks."
Saint-Etienne climbed up
to seventh place after a 3-
2 win against Lorient.
The home side raced into
a 2-0 lead after 14 minutes
thanks to goals from Brazil-
ian striker Brandao--- return-
ing from a thigh injury---and
winger Benjamin Corgnet.
Yoann Jouffre pulled a goal
back for Lorient shortly
before halftime but Max-
Alain Gradel restored Saint-
Etienne s cushion with 20
minutes to go.
Vincent Aboubakar pulled
a late goal back for the vis-
Getafe beats 10-man
Granada for fourth win
Fiorentina stuns Juventus
4-2 with Rossi hat-trick
Sassuolo's Luca Marrone, right, vies for the ball with Bologna's Rene Krhin of
Slovenia, during their Serie A soccer match at Reggio Emilia's Mapei stadium, Italy,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
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