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Italian Serie A

Marc' Antonio Bentegodi (ATT 11,000) 25th September 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: A De Marco

Chievo Chievo vs Juventus Juventus

Chievo 1

C Thereau (28)


Juventus 2

F Quagliarella (47)
A Bernardini (og 65)

Juventus battle back for win

Last Updated: 25/09/13 9:58pm

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Fernando Llorente in action for Juventus.

Fernando Llorente in action for Juventus.

Juventus needed an own-goal from Alessandro Bernardini to come from behind and beat Chievo 2-1 at the Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi.

Despite the fact Juve were still chasing runaway joint leaders Roma and Napoli, coach Antonio Conte opted to rest in-form stars Arturo Vidal and Carlos Tevez and it backfired as Cyril Thereau found his way through a sluggish visiting defence to open the scoring.

Fabio Quagliarella dragged his colleagues back into the game after the break but an under-par Bianconeri side were generally short on ideas and were lucky that the hapless Bernardini gifted them all three points.

Napoli were held to a 1-1 draw by bottom side Sassuolo, though, allowing Juve to take a share of second place while Roma moved two points clear at the top after beating Sampdoria 2-0.

It was a slow start at the Bentegodi and it took 14 minutes for Alberto Paloschi to try his luck, only for Giorgio Chiellini to make the block.

Fernando Llorente's sighter at the other end lacked accuracy but the build-up play was impressive and Juve came knocking again with Paul Pogba leaping at a Federico Peluso cross.

The visitors continued to turn the screw, so it was a surprise when Chievo took the lead in the 28th minute.

Gianluigi Buffon made a hash of a short pass out to his defence and Gennardo Sardo gratefully swept up the ball to give it to Thereau, who confidently whipped home on the half-volley.

The Bianconeri would not suffer any further embarrassment before the break but they failed to make the most of several chances to equalise.

Quagliarella's snapshot fell to Andrea Pirlo, whose follow-up effort went out for a corner and, two minutes before half-time, Llorente fluffed an easy header from a Mauricio Isla cross.

Juve put their heads together over the interval and contrived to level the scores two minutes after the restart.

Pogba was heavily involved in supplying Quagliarella for two shots against the flailing Puggioni.

The Chievo goalkeeper moved quickly to save both, but could not keep a third out.

Ten minutes later Chievo would find themselves behind when they could have been leading 2-1.

Another mistake from Buffon when dealing with Simone Bentivoglio's shot saw Paloschi bundle over the line, but the offside flag denied him a goal.

Chievo did not protest too much but they were enraged when Bernardini contrived to stub the ball past his own keeper under pressure from Llorente in the 65th minute.

Conte knew his side had been poor and, in his search for a decisive third goal, he introduced the rested Tevez for the final throes.

The Argentinian certainly spiced up the forward line but three minutes of stoppage time were not enough for the former Manchester City man to put his team out of sight in Verona.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 34 79
2 Roma 34 64
3 Lazio 34 63
4 Napoli 34 59
5 Fiorentina 34 52
6 Sampdoria 34 51
7 Genoa 34 50
8 Inter Milan 34 49
9 Torino 33 48
10 Palermo 34 43
11 AC Milan 34 43
12 Udinese 34 41
13 Chievo 34 41
14 Verona 34 40
15 Empoli 33 38
16 Sassuolo 34 37
17 Atalanta 34 33
18 Cagliari 33 24
19 Cesena 34 24
20 Parma 33 16