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Football: Juve Close Back In On Inter After 3-1 Win

Posted on: December 22, 2008

ROME : Juventus closed the gap to leaders Inter Milan back down to six points after a hard fought 3-1 win at Atalanta on Sunday.

The pressure was on Claudio Ranieri’s team following Inter’s 2-1 win at Siena on Saturday, courtesy of a Maicon goal that was clearly well offside.

And Juve themselves also benefitted from poor line officiating as they kept their title hopes alive.

Inter lead on 42 points with Juve on 36 and Fiorentina third on 32 with AC Milan, who host Udinese in the day’s late match, and Napoli on 30.

Goals from Alessandro Del Piero and Nicola Legrottaglie gave Juve a 2-0 half-time lead but a firm header from veteran Christian Vieri against his former club made things interesting after the break until Amauri settled Juve’s nerves late on.

But it was a highly contentious goal that put the visitors in front on the half hour.

Former Liverpool midfielder Momo Sissoko played a ball down the line to Marco Marchionni who was standing right in front of the linesman and a yard offside.

But play was allowed to carry on and the diminutive winger crossed into the box for Del Piero to prod home after Atalanta goalkeeper Ferdinando Coppola missed the ball.

The next goal was simple as Legrottaglie headed home a corner before lifting up his shirt to reveal a message saying: ‘Jesus Lives’.

But just three minutes into the second period Vieri got ahead of Giorgio Chiellini to head home a corner that left the match on a knife-edge until Amuri headed home his 11th Serie A goal of the season nine minutes from time.

AS Roma’s recent resurgence came to an end in Sicily as Catania beat the capital-based side 3-2 thanks to a brace from Japan forward Takayuki Morimoto.

Roma, who came into the game on the back of a five-match winning run in Serie A and eight-game streak in all competitions, were out of sorts for an hour before they found their game.

But by then they were 3-0 down as Davide Biocco opened the scoring on 34 minutes and Morimoto struck on 40 and 56 minutes.

Montenegro forward Mirko Vucinic pulled a goal back with 16 minutes left and French winger Jeremy Menez set up a grandstand finish with a second four minutes after that.

Substitute Stefano Okaka should have stolen a share of the spoils deep into injury time but he was well off target with a close range header.

Fiorentina kept up their Champions League charge with a narrow 1-0 win at Sampdoria courtesy of a goal from Riccardo Montolivo.

However, they were fortunate not to concede a goal in the first half when French goalkeeper Sebastien Frey parried a Gennaro Delvecchio header, seemingly from behind his goal line.

Napoli’s faint title hopes came to an end as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at Torino through a second half goal from former Manchester City forward Rolando Bianchi.

– AFP/vm

Channel News Asia

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Football: Juve Close Back In On Inter After 3-1 Win

Posted on: December 22, 2008

ROME : Juventus closed the gap to leaders Inter Milan back down to six points after a hard fought 3-1 win at Atalanta on Sunday.

The pressure was on Claudio Ranieri’s team following Inter’s 2-1 win at Siena on Saturday, courtesy of a Maicon goal that was clearly well offside.

And Juve themselves also benefitted from poor line officiating as they kept their title hopes alive.

Inter lead on 42 points with Juve on 36 and Fiorentina third on 32 with AC Milan, who host Udinese in the day’s late match, and Napoli on 30.

Goals from Alessandro Del Piero and Nicola Legrottaglie gave Juve a 2-0 half-time lead but a firm header from veteran Christian Vieri against his former club made things interesting after the break until Amauri settled Juve’s nerves late on.

But it was a highly contentious goal that put the visitors in front on the half hour.

Former Liverpool midfielder Momo Sissoko played a ball down the line to Marco Marchionni who was standing right in front of the linesman and a yard offside.

But play was allowed to carry on and the diminutive winger crossed into the box for Del Piero to prod home after Atalanta goalkeeper Ferdinando Coppola missed the ball.

The next goal was simple as Legrottaglie headed home a corner before lifting up his shirt to reveal a message saying: ‘Jesus Lives’.

But just three minutes into the second period Vieri got ahead of Giorgio Chiellini to head home a corner that left the match on a knife-edge until Amuri headed home his 11th Serie A goal of the season nine minutes from time.

AS Roma’s recent resurgence came to an end in Sicily as Catania beat the capital-based side 3-2 thanks to a brace from Japan forward Takayuki Morimoto.

Roma, who came into the game on the back of a five-match winning run in Serie A and eight-game streak in all competitions, were out of sorts for an hour before they found their game.

But by then they were 3-0 down as Davide Biocco opened the scoring on 34 minutes and Morimoto struck on 40 and 56 minutes.

Montenegro forward Mirko Vucinic pulled a goal back with 16 minutes left and French winger Jeremy Menez set up a grandstand finish with a second four minutes after that.

Substitute Stefano Okaka should have stolen a share of the spoils deep into injury time but he was well off target with a close range header.

Fiorentina kept up their Champions League charge with a narrow 1-0 win at Sampdoria courtesy of a goal from Riccardo Montolivo.

However, they were fortunate not to concede a goal in the first half when French goalkeeper Sebastien Frey parried a Gennaro Delvecchio header, seemingly from behind his goal line.

Napoli’s faint title hopes came to an end as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at Torino through a second half goal from former Manchester City forward Rolando Bianchi.

– AFP/vm

Channel News Asia

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Football: Juve Close Back In On Inter After 3-1 Win

Posted on: December 22, 2008

ROME : Juventus closed the gap to leaders Inter Milan back down to six points after a hard fought 3-1 win at Atalanta on Sunday.

The pressure was on Claudio Ranieri’s team following Inter’s 2-1 win at Siena on Saturday, courtesy of a Maicon goal that was clearly well offside.

And Juve themselves also benefitted from poor line officiating as they kept their title hopes alive.

Inter lead on 42 points with Juve on 36 and Fiorentina third on 32 with AC Milan, who host Udinese in the day’s late match, and Napoli on 30.

Goals from Alessandro Del Piero and Nicola Legrottaglie gave Juve a 2-0 half-time lead but a firm header from veteran Christian Vieri against his former club made things interesting after the break until Amauri settled Juve’s nerves late on.

But it was a highly contentious goal that put the visitors in front on the half hour.

Former Liverpool midfielder Momo Sissoko played a ball down the line to Marco Marchionni who was standing right in front of the linesman and a yard offside.

But play was allowed to carry on and the diminutive winger crossed into the box for Del Piero to prod home after Atalanta goalkeeper Ferdinando Coppola missed the ball.

The next goal was simple as Legrottaglie headed home a corner before lifting up his shirt to reveal a message saying: ‘Jesus Lives’.

But just three minutes into the second period Vieri got ahead of Giorgio Chiellini to head home a corner that left the match on a knife-edge until Amuri headed home his 11th Serie A goal of the season nine minutes from time.

AS Roma’s recent resurgence came to an end in Sicily as Catania beat the capital-based side 3-2 thanks to a brace from Japan forward Takayuki Morimoto.

Roma, who came into the game on the back of a five-match winning run in Serie A and eight-game streak in all competitions, were out of sorts for an hour before they found their game.

But by then they were 3-0 down as Davide Biocco opened the scoring on 34 minutes and Morimoto struck on 40 and 56 minutes.

Montenegro forward Mirko Vucinic pulled a goal back with 16 minutes left and French winger Jeremy Menez set up a grandstand finish with a second four minutes after that.

Substitute Stefano Okaka should have stolen a share of the spoils deep into injury time but he was well off target with a close range header.

Fiorentina kept up their Champions League charge with a narrow 1-0 win at Sampdoria courtesy of a goal from Riccardo Montolivo.

However, they were fortunate not to concede a goal in the first half when French goalkeeper Sebastien Frey parried a Gennaro Delvecchio header, seemingly from behind his goal line.

Napoli’s faint title hopes came to an end as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at Torino through a second half goal from former Manchester City forward Rolando Bianchi.

– AFP/vm

Channel News Asia

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