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Juve make nine wins in a row
Feb 19, 2018-
Juventus overcame an early injury to striker Gonzalo Higuain as they edged past neighbours Torino 1-0 on Sunday to chalk up their ninth league win in a row. Juve’s win in the Derby della Mole meant that they will spend at least two hours on top ahead of leaders Napoli’s clash with SPAL. Higuain appeared to twist his ankle and soldiered on for another 10 minutes before being replaced by Federico Bernadeschi, who set up the goal when he pulled the ball back for Alex Sandro to tap in just after the half hour.
Torino, who missed an early chance when Andrea Belotti failed to control Joel Obi’s pass with the goal at his mercy, lost confidence after falling behind and never looked like turning around the game. Juventus, who have won seven and drawn one of their last eight meetings with Torino, have 65 points from 25 games while Napoli were on 63 ahead of their game.
On Saturday, one of the most bizarre own goals of the Serie A season set Inter Milan on their way to a 2-0 defeat at Genoa. Veteran Macedonia striker Goran Pandev scored the second against his old club as Inter slipped below AS Roma, who earlier won 2-0 at Udinese after Cengiz Under scored his fourth goal in three games.
Inter ended an eight-match winless run in the league by beating Bologna 2-1 at San Siro last Sunday but if they thought it signalled a change in fortune, they were mistaken. On the stroke of halftime, Ervin Zukanovic swung in a cross, which Milan Skriniar hooked away. But his clearance ricocheted off Andrea Ranocchia and flew into the net, leaving goalkeeper Samir Handanovic stranded.
Handanovic had previously had a let-off when he misjudged Pandev’s cross and the ball bounced over him, hit the crossbar and fell back into his arms. Inter, who led the table in early December, fell further behind just before the hour as Diego Laxalt’s shot from the edge of the penalty area was intercepted by Pandev, who controlled it superbly with one touch and placed his shot past Handanovic.
Roma, who travel to Ukraine to face Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Wednesday, scored twice in the last 20 minutes at Udinese to clock up their third successive win. Under set them on the way, the Turk scoring with a 20-metre shot which swerved away from Albano Bizarri, and Diego Perotti sealed the win after capitalising on a mistake in the last minute. Chievo ended a 10-match winless run by beating Cagliari 2-1 to move away from the drop zone.
Serie A results
Torino 0-1 Juventus
Udinese 0-2 Roma
Chievo 2-1 Cagliari
Genoa 2-0 Inter
Published: 19-02-2018 09:54