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Juventus held 1-1 by Cagliari in Serie A

 Juventus forward Alessandro Del Piero reacts during a Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Cagliari at the Juventus Stadium in Turin, Italy, Sun...

Italy Soccer Serie A

Juventus forward Alessandro Del Piero reacts during a Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Cagliari at the Juventus Stadium in Turin, Italy, Sun...

Juventus' charge toward the Serie A title took a blow on Sunday when it was held to a 1-1 draw at home to mid-table Cagliari.
Mirko Vucinic gave Juventus the lead in the seventh minute but Andrea Cossu leveled two minutes into the second half.
Juventus moves a point clear of AC Milan ahead of the Serie A champion's derby match against Inter Milan later.
Udinese lost pace with the top two as Genoa came from behind to win 3-2. Udinese had hopes of getting something from the game when Genoa captain Marco Rossi was dismissed 15 minutes from time and Antonio Di Natale converted the resulting penalty, but couldn't force an equalizer.
Francesco Guidolin's team is three points behind Juventus. Lazio is two points further back.
Juventus knew it could take a psychological advantage ahead of the derby with a convincing win. And it seemed as if everything was going to plan when Stephan Lichtsteiner unselfishly slotted the ball across the front of goal for Vucinic to fire into an empty net.
And it almost doubled its lead minutes later when Alessandro Matri skipped past his marker before unleashing a fierce effort from outside the area which flew narrowly wide.
Cagliari looked lively but never had a real sight of goal in the first half. However, it leveled two minutes into the second period. Juve defender Leonardo Bonucci's clearance was too short and it fell straight to Cossu, who looked up and fired a splendid shot past Gianluigi Buffon.
In a frantic finish, both teams had good chances to steal all three points. Vidal had the best opportunity of them all as he headed over from point-blank range.
Udinese missed the chance to take advantage of Juve's slip. Damiano Ferronetti headed Udinese into the lead in the 14th minute but second-half goals from Andreas Granqvist, Bosko Jankovic and Rodrigo Palacio handed Genoa victory.
Rossi was sent off for bringing down Di Natale, who decisively fired home the spot kick, although TV replays showed the Genoa captain had played the ball.
Lazio remains fourth following a 2-0 victory at Atalanta. Hernanes fired in the opener from the spot in the 20th minute after Stefan Radu had been fouled in the area.
Miroslav Klose sealed the victory in stoppage time with a well-worked strike, shortly after Tommaso Rocchi had missed a chance to secure all three points for Lazio.
Atalanta never really threatened in a pedestrian match at the Stadio Olimpico and its chances of getting anything from the game diminished seven minutes after the interval, when defender Stefano Lucchini was dismissed for a second bookable offense.
There was bad news for Lazio at the end of the first half as both Hernanes and Andre Dias were forced off with injuries.
At the other end of the table, Novara looks even more in trouble after losing 3-1 at fellow strugglers Cesena.
Adrian Mutu scored his 100th Serie A goal in the 21st minute and he doubled Cesena's lead six minutes from halftime with a penalty into the bottom right corner.
Leandro Rinaudo's own goal in first-half stoppage time gave Cesena an unassailable lead and meant that Takayuki Morimoto's last-minute goal was little more than a consolation for Novara.
Cesena is now three points off safety, with Novara three points further back and level with Lecce at the bottom of the table.
Lecce won 1-0 at Fiorentina thanks to David Di Michele's 22nd-minute penalty.
Roberto Donadoni's spell in charge of Parma got off to a winning start as he oversaw a 3-1 victory over Siena.
Jonathan Biabiany and Francesco Valiani had put Parma ahead before Paolo Grossi grabbed one back for the visitors. But Sebastian Giovinco sealed the result deep into stoppage time.
Elsewhere, Paolo Sammarco scored the only goal of the game six minutes into the second half as Chievo beat Palermo 1-0.


Updated : 2021-10-19 22:30 GMT+08:00