Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 16th 2013 Contents MILAN---Carlos Tevez scored his first hat
trick for Juventus to help the Serie A leader
crush Sassuolo 4-0 yesterday and reinforce
its bid for a third successive league title.
Federico Peluso scored the other goal as
Juventus bounced back from its midweek
Champions League exit in emphatic fashion,
with its eighth successive league win and clean
Earlier, Fiorentina eased to a 3-0 win over
Bologna, while Lazio beat Livorno 2-0 as both
sides got back to winning ways in the Italian
Josip Ilicic scored his first goal in eight months
before Borja Valero and Serie A s leading scorer
Giuseppe Rossi sealed the win for Fiorentina.
In Roma, Miroslav Klose netted twice in the
German s first start in a month for Lazio fol-
lowing a shoulder injury.
Juventus moved provisionally six points clear
of Roma, which visits AC Milan on Monday.
Fiorentina moved into fourth place, two
points ahead of Inter Milan which plays at
third-placed Napoli later Sunday.
Elsewhere, it was: Chievo Verona 0, Sam-
pdoria 1; Genoa 1, Atalanta 1; Parma 0, Cagliari
0; and Udinese 0, Torino 2.
Juventus had lost at Galatasaray on Wednes-
day in a game that was pushed back a day
because of snow. Because of that the league
match was moved to Sunday, with 9,000 chil-
dren in attendance as one of the stands behind
the goal was still closed to the ultras following
Tevez grabbed his first in the 15th minute,
firing in the rebound after Arturo Vidal s effort
had been saved by Gianluca Pegolo. The
Argentina striker turned provider in the 28th
with a free kick which Peluso headed in for his
first league goal for Juventus.
Tevez doubled his tally on the stroke of half-
time, pouncing on an error from Lino Marzorati
before rounding the onrushing Pegolo and slot-
ting into an empty net.
And Tevez --- who scored a hat trick for
Manchester City earlier this year --- completed
his treble in the 69th minute, starting the move
and finishing it when Mauricio Isla rolled the
ball across for him to tap in from six yards.
Tevez was substituted moments later to a
Fiorentina was looking to get back on track
in the league after two defeats in its past three
games. Ilicic gave the home side the lead in
the 13th minute with a superb solo effort,
driving the ball past Gianluca Curci after evading
the efforts of three defenders for his first goal
since a summer transfer from Palermo.
Curci did well to deny Juan Cuadrado and
Rossi but Fiorentina doubled its lead shortly
before the half hour when Valero collected
Rossi s pass and slotted it into the far bottom
corner. Fiorentina was in complete control and
Rossi rounded off an impressive performance
with a delightful lob in the 64th minute from
Valero s pass.
The American-born Rossi, who plays for the
Italian national team, is the top scorer in Serie
A with 13 goals, three more than Tevez.
Lazio was without a win since Oct. 27, but
Livorno hadn t won in Rome since 1943, losing
its past 16 matches.
Klose almost gave Lazio the lead in the 17th
when he slid in on a through ball from Antonio
Candreva, but his effort hit the left post.
The two combined again two minutes later
to put Lazio ahead when Candreva sent Klose
clear. The German s first attempt was saved
but he fired in the rebound.
BERLIN---Schalke eked out a 2-0
win over relegation-threatened
Freiburg to ease the pressure on
coach Jens Keller yesterday, while
Bayer Leverkusen lost 1-0 at home
to Eintracht Frankfurt.
Despite dominating possession,
Schalke needed an own goal from
Nicolas Hoefler for the breakthrough
a minute before the interval. The
Freiburg midfielder misjudged Jef-
ferson Farfan s corner and bundled
the ball into his own net.
Farfan settled the result in the
67th with a penalty after Freiburg
substitute Tim Albutat brought
down Max Meyer on the edge of the
penalty area. TV replays were incon-
clusive as to whether the foul
occurred inside or outside the area.
"We re talking about 20 centime-
ters. It s hard for a referee. Of course
we re happy that he awarded it," said
Keller, who had been under increas-
ing pressure since Schalke was
knocked out of the German Cup.
Oliver Baumann produced a fin-
gertip save to deny Meyer from scor-
ing with an overhead kick two min-
utes later, in what was the highlight
of a scrappy game.
"The win will do the whole club,
the whole team good, even if we
didn t deliver our best performance.
We re simply happy to have won,"
said Keller, who took over from the
dismissed Huub Stevens a year ago.
"I have the feeling I m still under
pressure," Keller said. "But it s not
about me. We ll have to see what
decision is taken. I m happy with
every day that I m here. Nobody
thought I d last so long."
The loudest cheers came with two
minutes remaining when Schalke
fan favorite Kyriakos Papadopoulos
came on after more than a year out
due to knee problems.
"That was pure goose bumps,"
the 21-year-old Greek defender said.
"I m very, very happy. I never gave
up and worked hard every day for
Schalke remains sixth after 16
games played while Freiburg still
occupies the relegation play-off place
after its fifth successive loss across
"It s not inexplicable," said
Freiburg coach Christian Streich,
who highlighted his side s modest
resources. "The lads played their
25th game today. We re bringing
amateur players in that you have to
build up slowly, because they ll all
at the edge. We played at the
absolute limit. We no longer have
the strength to maintain it. We ll go
into the second half of the season
and try to make the impossible pos-
Marco Russ s second-half header
was enough for Frankfurt to end a
run of 10 games without a win in
Sunday s late game at second-place
Russ, a defender, rose above Lev-
erkusen s Philipp Wollscheid to
power Sebastian Jung s cross past
Bernd Leno with a header in the
Joselu missed a penalty for the
visitors with the last kick of the
game, and Jan Rosenthal hit the post
in the 12th minute, but it didn t mat-
ter as Frankfurt climbed three points
Leverkusen remains seven points
behind leader Bayern Munich after
its third defeat of the season.
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AMSTERDAM---Davy Klaassen scored the winning
goal in the second minute of injury time as Ajax
beat SC Cambuur 2-1 yesterday in Leeuwarden to
remain second in the Dutch league.
Vitesse Arnhem is first, two points ahead of Ajax,
after beating NAC Breda 3-2 in Arnhem. Lucas Piazon
scored twice for Vitesse.
Cambuur had the better chances in the first half,
but Ajax s Lasse Schone scored the first goal in the
40th minute after a pass from Klaasen.
Cambuur levelled the score in the 82nd, capitalizing
on poor defending by Ajax.
In injury time, Leeuwarden went to 10 men after
Marcel Ritzmaier was sent off for his second yellow
card. Klaasen scored the winner a minute later.
In other matches, Feyenoord beat FC Groningen
1-0 and PSV thrashed FC Utrecht 5-1.
Ajax second in
Juventus forward Carlos Tevez, of Argentina,
celebrates after scoring during a Serie A
soccer match between Juventus and
Sassuolo at the Juventus stadium, in Turin,
Italy,yesterday. AP PHOTO
Tevez nets 3 as Juventus crushes Sassuolo 4-0
Schalke wins, Leverkusen loses
Schalke's Jefferson Farfan, left, and Freiburg's Christian Guenter challenge for
the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04
and SC Freiburg in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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