Football: Juventus Up To Second In Impressive Style
Posted November 14, 2008on:
ROME: Juventus moved into second place in Italy’s Serie A with a 4-1 win over Genoa at Turin’s Stadio Olimpico.
Claudio Ranieri’s team are now level on 24 points with Inter Milan, but have a worse goal difference and have played one match more.
Two first-half goals made the difference, the first from defender Zoltan Grygera and a second from Amauri, his sixth league goal of the season.
There was a disappointing showing from Genoa’s Diego Milito. The Argentine striker is the leading scorer with nine, but was unable to escape from Juventus and Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.
Genoa had been completely nullified by the time Juventus scored their thrid. Alessandro Del Piero flicked the ball over the defence and substitute Vincenzo Iaquinta used to his pace to race away from the defence and slot the ball past Rubinho.
However, there was still time for Milito to move into double figures by firing in a late penalty after Nicola Legrottalie was penalised for handball.
There was more good news for Ranieri with the return to action of midfielder Mauro Camoranesi. It was from his cross that Sokratis Papastathopoulos turned the ball into his own net for the home team’s fourth.
It didn’t take Juventus long to take the lead, when Zoltan Grygera found the net from the right of the penalty area, after being teed up by Alessandro Del Piero.
On 25 minutes Amauri made it two when he rose above the defence to head home Marco Marchionni’s first time cross, not long after Milito had wasted Genoa’s best chance of the night.
Just after halftime Genoa missed another chance to pull a goal back when Milito’s ball across the goal-line passed agonisingly out of reach of Raffele Palladino with an open goal begging. – AFP/de
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