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MILAN---Juventus came from behind to win 4-1
at Cagliari and maintain its eight-point advantage
over second-place Roma, which beat 10-man Genoa
4-0 in Serie A yesterday with a stunning goal by
Napoli beat high-flying Hellas Verona 3-0 to keep
up the pressure on the top two.
Stephan Lichtsteiner set up two goals and scored
the fourth in Sardinia as the match changed in the
space of eight second-half minutes. Fernando Llorente
netted twice, and substitute Claudio Marchisio scored
Juventus other goal.
Mauricio Pinilla gave Cagliari the lead but was
sent off three minutes from time for dissent.
It is the first time Juventus has won 11 consecutive
league games and Antonio Conte s team is firmly on
course for a third successive title.
Earlier, Fiorentina was held to a 0-0 draw at Torino.
Also, Atalanta beat Catania 2-1.
Juventus came into the game full of confidence
after crushing Roma for its 10th consecutive win
and going eight points clear at the top of the table.
However, it was stunned in the 21st minute when,
following a short corner, Andrea Cossu s cross was
deflected to an unmarked Pinilla on the far side of
the area and he gave Cagliari a surprise lead.
Cagliari should have doubled its advantage shortly
after but Daniele Conti headed a corner over the
bar.Llorente headed Lichtsteiner s cross in to level the
game in the 31st but Cagliari almost immediately
restored its lead as Daniele Dessena s diving header
was kept out by a fantastic Gianluigi Buffon save
with his right leg from point-blank range.
Juventus was struggling against an attack-minded
Cagliari and Antonio Conte brought on Marchisio
in the 66th minute.
The Italy midfielder took just seven minutes before
giving Juventus the lead with an effort from outside
the area which Cagliari goalkeeper Antonio Adan
got a hand to but could not prevent going in.
Llorente scored his second of the match minutes
later when he slotted home Lichsteiner s low ball
across the area.
Lichsteiner got on the scoresheet in the 80th
minute. Adan fumbled Llorente s weak shot and
Lichsteiner followed up to seal the match.
In the capital, Roma broke the deadlock in the
26th minute when Franesco Totti s free kick was
deflected up into the air and Florenzi kept his eye
on the descending ball before sending it into the
bottom right corner with a fantastic overhead kick.
The home side doubled its lead four minutes later
when Totti s low drive was deflected into the near
Florenzi turned provider shortly before halftime
with a looping cross which Maicon slotted home.
Roma extended its lead still further when defender
Mehdi Benatia headed in his fifth goal of the sea-
Genoa was then reduced to 10 men when Francelino
Matuzalem was given a second yellow card for ges-
turing toward the Roma fans as he was walking off
the field to be substituted.
Napoli remained 10 points behind Juventus after
inflicting Verona s second home defeat of the sea-
Verona started brightly and almost got off to the
perfect start but Luca Toni blasted over from eight
Napoli took the lead in the 27th minute when
Dries Mertens squeezed a shot in between two
defenders which came off the bottom of the far post.
The visitors doubled their advantage in the 72nd
when Lorenzo Insigne tapped in Christian Maggio s
cross. It was the first goal scored by an Italian for
Napoli this season.
Verona tried to get back into the game but was
caught again on the counter by Napoli. Inisgne s
effort was saved by Rafael but Blerim Dzemaili was
on hand to fire home the rebound.
Fiorentina slipped five points behind Napoli and
the last Champions League berth after it struggled
against Torino, with star strikers Giuseppe Rossi and
Mario Gomez both out with serious knee injuries.
In Bergamo, German Denis gave Atalanta the lead
from the penalty spot in the 67th minute after Cristian
Biraghi had brought down Maxi Moralez.
Maxi Moralez scored Atalanta s other goal before
Sebastian Leto netted a consolation for Catania,
which is now bottom of the table.
8-point lead in Serie A
AS Roma defender Maicon of Brazil, left, scores during a Serie A soccer match
between AS Roma and Genoa, at Rome's Olympic Stadium, yesterday.
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