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ROME---Real Madrid castoff
Jose Maria Callejon scored in the
first half and Belgium interna-
tional Dries Mertens added a late
goal as Napoli handed Serie A
leader Juventus only its second
loss of the season with a 2-0 vic-
Still, Juventus has an 11-point
lead over second-place Roma and
is 17 points ahead of Napoli with
seven rounds remaining.
In the 37th minute at the San
Paolo stadium, Callejon beat Juve
midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah to
redirect a cross from Lorenzo
Insigne from the edge of the box
for his 12th goal since transferring
from Madrid in the offseason.
Mertens sealed the result after
collecting a long pass from Goran
Pandev in the 81st and muscling
off Claudio Marchisio before beat-
ing goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon
with a long bouncing shot.
Juventus, which was without
suspended Serie A scoring leader
Carlos Tevez, struggled to create
chances. The Turin power s only
other loss was a 4-2 defeat at
Fiorentina in October.
Earlier, Mattia Destro s early
goal was key and Roma was for-
tunate when a penalty kick for
was waved off in a 2-0 win.
Roma faces Parma on Wednes-
day in the resumption of a match
from February that was stopped
after eight minutes due to a water-
Elsewhere Sunday, fourth-place
Fiorentina was held to a 0-0 draw
Fiorentina winger Juan Vargas
banged a free kick off the corner
of the goal frame in the 78th and
Sampdoria coach Sinisa Mihajlovic
was sent off for protesting in the
final minutes, grabbing an official s
arm as he walked off the pitch.
Parma remained one point
behind Inter Milan in the race for
fifth and the final Europa League
berth after a 3-2 loss at Lazio.
Antonio Candreva scored the
winner for Lazio in added time of
a match marked by poor defending
on both sides.
After Lazio s Senad Lulic and
Parma s Jonathan Biabiany traded
goals in the first half, Miroslav
Klose restored Lazio s lead in the
67th and then Lazio goalkeeper
Federico Marchetti let the ball
trickle in between his legs in the
81st for an own goal.
Luca Toni scored twice after
Marco Donadel s opener in Hellas
Verona s 3-0 win over Genoa and
Alessio Cerci set up one goal for
Omar El Kaddouri and scored
another in Torino s 2-1 win over
In Naples, only Buffon kept the
hosts from scoring early on.
Buffon stopped a close-range
attempt from Callejon seven min-
utes in, Hamsik had a goal
annulled for offside seconds later
and Buffon tipped an attempt from
Hamsik over the bar in the 10th.
Buffon also blocked a powerful
effort from Callejon in the 29th
then stopped a dangerous free kick
from Algeria fullback Faouzi
Ghoulam in the 58th.
In Reggio Emilia, Destro had an
easy time finding the target from
the center of the area in the 16th
after getting set up by Belgium
midfielder Radja Nainggolan, who
stripped the ball from a defender
just outside the area.
Competing for a spot on Italy s
World Cup squad, it was the
fourth consecutive match in which
Destro scored, and it was his 10th
goal since beginning his injury-
delayed season in December.
Sassuolo thought it had a
chance to equalize in the 35th
when referee Nicola Rizzoli---Italy s
World Cup representative---
appeared to change his mind sev-
eral times before denying the hosts
a penalty for minor contact
between Roma defender Mehdi
Benatia and Nicola Sansone.
Roma substitute Michel Bastos
sealed the victory with a goal six
minutes into added time after get-
ting set up by Roma s 37-year-
old captain Francesco Totti, who
replaced Destro in the 79th.
Playing its first season in the
top division, Sassuolo remained
one point above last-place Cata-
nia, which visits Udinese today.
BARCELONA---Real Sociedad was
held to a 1-1 draw at Osasuna yester-
day, missing the chance to climb closer
to the top four in the Spanish league.
Osasuna ended a five-game losing
streak but fell into the relegation zone
after Valladolid beat 10-man Almeria
1-0 at home.
Sociedad started well in Pamplona,
with forward Gonzalo Castro opening
in the seventh minute from Carlos Vela s
unselfish pass following a defensive
lapse from Osasuna.
But Osasuna settled down and began
to threaten from corners and free kicks,
while Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez
almost scored in the 49th from the
center line with a long lob that hit the
Osasuna striker Oriol Riera finally
converted on his fourth shot attempt
from a set piece when he headed in
Roberto Torres cross in the 59th, and
Sociedad needed goalkeeper Claudio
Bravo to protect the point after Osasuna
pressed them into their area in stoppage
The result left Real Sociedad in sixth
place, level on points with fifth-place
Sevilla, and six points out of fourth
and Spain s final Champions League
berth held by Athletic Bilbao. Sociedad
hosts Real Madrid next round.
Villarreal s quest to catch Bilbao was
also frustrated by a 1-1 draw at home
with Elche, leaving it in seventh place
one point behind Sevilla and Sociedad.
After American sprinter Justin Gatlin
took the honorary kickoff at El Madrigal
Stadium, Elche went ahead in the 31st
when Damian Suarez converted a
penalty following Jeremy Perbet s foul
on Alberto Botia.
Forward Jonathan Pereira scored the
hosts equalizer a minute before halftime
when he used one touch to turn in a
high ball that fell to him in the box in
one of few scoring chances.
Valladolid striker Manucho scored
what proved to be the winner over
Almeria in the sixth minute when he
tapped in a cross.
Jesus Rueda came close to doubling
the lead with a free kick that clipped
the bar in the 73rd.
Two minutes later Almeria defender
Marco Torsiglieri was dismissed with
his second yellow card for fouling
Valladolid and Almeria are tied on
points with Osasuna but out of the
drop zone thanks to goal difference.
Atletico Madrid leads the league by
one point over Barcelona and three
points ahead of Real Madrid with seven
matches to play. (AP)
bach came from a goal down to beat
Hamburger SV 3-1 yesterday and leave
the visiting side second from bottom
in the Bundesliga.
"The overall situation continues to
be ominous," Hamburg coach Mirko
Slomka said. "We didn t manage to
settle ourselves. The team is very
Hamburg is the only club to have
played in each of the Bundesliga s 51
seasons and the players are under
immense pressure to prevent its first
Jacques Zoua opened the scoring
with a header from Hakan Calhanoglu s
free kick in the 28th minute, but Ham-
burg defender Michael Mancienne s
hand-ball gave Gladbach the lifeline
of a penalty eight minutes later.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen saved Filip
Daems spot kick only for the Belgian
defender to tuck away the rebound.
Hamburg goalkeeper Rene Adler
made two crucial saves to maintain
parity before the break.
But two goals in three minutes decid-
ed the game. In the 75th, Max Kruse
controlled the ball with his chest and
took it beyond two defenders for Raffael
to round Adler and score, before Alvaro
Dominguez made sure of the result
with a header from a corner.
Moenchengladbach reclaimed sixth
place while Hamburg is just two points
above bottom side Eintracht Braun-
schweig, and behind 16th-placed
Stuttgart on goal difference.
"We know what it s like to play well
and leave with nothing," said Gladbach
sporting director Max Eberl, whose side
only narrowly escaped relegation in
2011. "Hamburg did very well. They
created good goal chances, made it
Gladbach announced after the game
that it had signed Andre Hahn from
league rival Augsburg. The attacking
midfielder signed a four-year deal effec-
tive from next season.
Sebastian Proedl s last-minute header
earned Werder Bremen a 2-1 win at
Hannover later yesterday, lifting his
side eight points above the relegation
Szabolcs Huszti had given Hannover
a 42nd-minute lead with a free kick
that went through the Bremen wall.
The visitors had been much the better
side in the first half.
Hannover improved but Bremen
equalized on a counterattack in the
57th, when Eljero Elia set up Franco di
Santo s third goal of the campaign.
Both sides had chances in a hectic
finale before Proedl s decisive header
after a corner lifted Bremen above Han-
nover in the table.
There was a short hold up in the
second half while referee Markus
Schmidt received attention for a mus-
cular problem with his right leg.
On Saturday, referee Michael Weiner
was unable to continue after rupturing
the Achilles tendon in his right heel
during Borussia Dortmund s game at
Bayern Munich won the Bundesliga
title in record time last Tuesday. (AP)
scored in the 84th minute to lead
Olympiakos to a 1-0 victory over
Aris in the Greek league yester-
The win kept Olympiakos 17
points clear of second-place PAOK,
which recovered from an early
deficit to beat newcomer Kalloni
Aris, 11 points behind second-
to-last Platanias with two rounds
to play, has already been relegated.
Despite that, they tried hard to
keep a clean sheet by packing in
Elsewhere, Apollon beat host
Panthrakikos 3-2, Ergotelis defeated
Giannena 1-0 and Levadiakos beat
OFI 2-1. (AP)
Fiorentina midfielder Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, left, heads the ball past Sampdoria defender Gaetano Berardi
during a Serie A soccer match between Sampdoria and Fiorentina, in Genoa, Italy, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Napoli hands Juve
second loss of season
Sociedad held to 1-1
draw at Osasuna
Hamburg drops to one
from last in Bundesliga
Olympiakos beats Aris 1-0 in Greek league
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