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'Juve' back on top in Italy

Monday, September 17, 2012    

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MILAN, Italy (AFP) — Two late goals from Mirko Vucinic and Kwadwo Asamoah sent Serie A champions Juventus back to the top of the table thanks to a 3-1 win away to Genoa yesterday.

A double strike from Brazilian midfielder Hernanes and a second half effort from Miroslva Klose had been enough to send Lazio top on goal difference thanks to a 3-1 away victory away to Chievo in the day's early match.

But three days before meeting Chelsea in the Champions League, Juve showed poise and determination to remain unbeaten in 42 matches.

Genoa dominated the first half and went in for the break a goal up thanks to a 17th minute strike from Ciro Immobile.

But a double Juve substitution just before the hour mark, with Vucinic coming on for Alessandro Matri and Asamoah replacing Paolo De Ceglie, proved inspirational.

Genoa seemed ready to grab a second goal with Marco Borriello slamming his header against the bar just before the hour mark. Gianluigi Buffon then did well to save Andrea Bertolacci's strike.

But Juventus pulled level moments later when midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini shaped a great shot past French keeper Sebastien Frey from 25 metres.

The match then turned when Bertolacci fouled Asamoah and Vucinic put the visitors ahead from the spot.

Asamoah put the match beyond reach for Genoa when he pounced to slam the ball past Frey after Vucinic's cross-goal pass came off Genoa's Swedish defender Andreas Granqvist.

Juve's caretaker coach Massimo Carrera, standing in as Antonio Conte serves a 10-month ban for his role in an illegal sports-betting affair, said the match could have gone either way.

Prior to yesterday, only four teams had managed to win their first two games of the season and the same four maintained their 100 per cent records.

In a highly entertaining match Sampdoria gave the other half of Genoa some cheer with a 3-2 win away to struggling newcomers Pescara.

Napoli, meanwhile, continued their promising start with a 3-1 home win over Parma.

While Lazio were celebrating, their cross-town rivals Roma were left scratching their heads after a 3-2 reverse to Bologna at the Olympic Stadium.

Roma had a 2-0 lead at half-time thanks to a headed goal from Alessandro Florenzi and a left-foot strike from Argentinian Erik Lamela.

But the Giallorossi were stunned late in the second half. On-loan Genoa striker Gilardino pulled one back on 72 minutes and the visitors levelled through playmaker Alessandro Diamani a minute later.

Alberto Gilardino then grabbed a shock winner on 90 minutes to leave Zdenek Zeman's fancied side in sixth with only four points from three games.

Elsewhere, Siena drew 2-2 at home to Udinese and Fiorentina moved up to fifth place with a 2-0 win which came courtesy of goals from Stevan Jovetic and former striker Luca Toni, who made his debut after recently resigning for La Viola.

Yesterday's late scheduled match was Torino versus Inter Milan.

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