Juventus reclaims Serie A lead with 2-0 win

Rome: Claudio Marchisio scored the sixth goal of his breakthrough season and Arturo Vidal converted a controversial penalty as Juventus beat Cesena 2-0 Sunday to reclaim the Italian league lead.

Cesena`s 42-year-old goalkeeper, Francesco Antonioli, kept Juventus in check at the Turin club`s new stadium until Marchisio fired in a 72nd-minute shot between two defenders with his weaker left foot.

In the 80th, Antonioli punched away a cross and then collided with Juventus forward Emanuele Giaccherini, receiving a red card that set up a penalty for Vidal despite vehement protests from Cesena.

Cesena had already used all three of its substitutions, so defender Guillerme Rodriguez had to put on Antonioli`s jersey and gloves and step in goal for Vidal`s penalty. Rodriguez moved to his right and Vidal easily knocked the ball into the other corner.

Despite missing suspended midfielder Andrea Pirlo, Juventus remained the only unbeaten team in Serie A and moved two points ahead of AC Milan and Udinese.

AC Milan had provisionally moved top with a 2-0 win at Genoa on Friday, while Udinese edged out struggling Inter Milan 1-0 Saturday at the San Siro.

"This result shows that we`re maturing," Juventus manager Antonio Conte said. "I looked at the statistics and we had 70 percent of the ball possession and 21 shots. We`re improving day by day."

The only negative moment for Juve came when captain Alessandro Del Piero was carried off in the 62nd after a kick to the face from defender Marco Rossi that opened a wound above his left eye that requiring eight stitches.

Meanwhile, Fiorentina beat eight-man Roma 3-0 after goals from Stevan Jovetic, Alessandro Gamberini and Santiago Silva.

Fiorentina players wore black armbands and a minute of silence was observed before the match in honor of Brazil great Socrates, who died earlier Sunday at the age of 57. Socrates played for Fiorentina in the 1984-85 season, scoring six goals.

Bologna beat Siena 1-0 as Marco Di Vaio scored in the 28th following a heel pass from Alessandro Diamanti. Chievo Verona was held to a scoreless draw at home by Atalanta, Cagliari won 1-0 at Catania and Palermo earned a scoreless draw at Parma. Lazio faces Novara on Monday.

Bureau Report

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