Quagliarella leads Juventus to 3-1 win at Catania
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Last Updated: Monday, December 06, 2010, 10:52
  
Rome: Fabio Quagliarella scored twice and had another clear goal not given by the referee in Juventus' 3-1 win at Catania in Serie A.

Simone Pepe put Juventus in front in the 35th minute in Sicily, but Japan forward Takayuki Morimoto equalized two minutes later before Quagliarella took over yesterday.

First, in the 43rd, the Italy striker banged in a shot off the crossbar and down over the goal line. But after consulting with his linesman, the referee ruled it was not a goal. However, replays clearly showed the ball landed over the line and inside the goal.

The decision was reminiscent of when Frank Lampard was denied a goal for England against Germany at this year's World Cup.

Quagliarella responded by scoring an undisputed goal a minute later with an angled shot from within the area following a cross from Vincenzo Iaquinta, who also set up Pepe's score.

Then in the 58th, Quagliarella caught the goalkeeper out of position and launched a long-range shot for his eighth goal this season.

The victory kept Juventus within six points of Serie A leader AC Milan.

Milan leads with 33 points, Lazio is next with 30, Juventus has 27 and Napoli 24.

Milan beat Brescia 3-0 Saturday, Lazio defeated struggling Inter Milan 3-1 on Friday, and Napoli hosts southern rival Palermo today.

Earlier, Hernan Crespo scored twice for Parma in a 2-1 win over Udinese, raising his Serie A career total to 150 goals.

The former Argentina international converted a penalty in the 24th minute and then restored Parma's lead with a sharply angled header in the 55th before exiting with an apparent muscle injury.

Antonio Di Natale had equalized for Udinese with a free kick in the 35th, his ninth score of the season _ tying him for the league lead with Inter's Samuel Eto'o and Napoli's Edinson Cavani.

Bureau Report


First Published: Monday, December 06, 2010, 10:52


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