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Unbeaten Juventus reclaim Serie A summit

Published: Sunday 18 December 2011, 23.30CET
Juventus replaced AC Milan at the top of Serie A after a 2-0 success against Novara Calcio, on a day when Udinese Calcio and S.S. Lazio drew 2-2 and FC Internazionale Milano went fifth.

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Published: Sunday 18 December 2011, 23.30CET

Unbeaten Juventus reclaim Serie A summit

Juventus replaced AC Milan at the top of Serie A after a 2-0 success against Novara Calcio, on a day when Udinese Calcio and S.S. Lazio drew 2-2 and FC Internazionale Milano went fifth.

Juventus returned to the Serie A summit after goals in either half by Simone Pepe and Fabio Quagliarella ensured the Bianconeri completed their ninth victory of the season.

Italian international Pepe struck his fifth goal of the campaign after just four minutes of the match in Turin, while Quagliarella's 100th strike of his professional career with 15 minutes remaining – his first since 19 December 2010 – took the Vecchia Signora two points clear of AC Milan at the top of standings.

Udinese Calcio could have joined Antonio Conte's side on 33 points but instead remain third after drawing 2-2 against S.S. Lazio, a further two points adrift in fourth. Udinese took the lead through Antonio Floro Flores (27) but were behind just after half-time. Senad Lulić (43) drew Lazio level, with a Damiano Ferronetti own goal completing the turnaround. Giampiero Pinzi struck 17 minutes from time, though, to ensure the spoils were shared.

FC Internazionale Milano's recovery continued away at AC Cesena, where Andrea Ranocchia's second-half goal earned the Nerazzurri a third successive league victory and fifth place in the table. AS Roma leapfrogged SSC Napoli to move seventh, recording a 3-1 win, with a Morgan De Sanctis own goal and strikes from Pablo Osvaldo and Fábio Simplício proving decisive.

Elsewhere there were home wins for Calcio Catania and Genoa CFC, against US Città di Palermo and Bologna FC respectively, while two goals in the last four minutes salvaged a 3-3 draw for Parma FC against US Lecce.

Last updated: 06/12/13 4.23CET

Results

Italian Serie A 2011/12

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 20/12/2011 23:13 CET

18/12/2011

NapoliNapoli1-3RomaRoma

Hamšík 82

De Sanctis 3 (o.g.), Osvaldo 59, Fábio Simplício 90

Venue: Napoli

18/12/2011

LazioLazio2-2UdineseUdinese

Lulić 43, Ferronetti 51 (o.g.)

Floro Flores 27, Pinzi 73

Venue: Roma

18/12/2011

CesenaCesena0-1InternazionaleInternazionale

Ranocchia 63

Venue: Cesena

18/12/2011

GenoaGenoa2-1BolognaBologna

Rossi 39, Pratto 85

Ramirez 51

Venue: Genova

18/12/2011

CataniaCatania2-0PalermoPalermo

Lodi 32, Maxi López 61 (penalty)

Venue: Catania

18/12/2011

JuventusJuventus2-0NovaraNovara

Pepe 4, Quagliarella 75

Venue: Torino

18/12/2011

ParmaParma3-3LecceLecce

Floccari 18 (penalty), Pellè 86, Galloppa 90+3

Di Michele 58, 61, Cuadrado 77

Venue: Parma

17/12/2011

FiorentinaFiorentina2-2AtalantaAtalanta

Gilardino 9, Jovetić 88

Masiello 81, Denis 85

Venue: Firenze

17/12/2011

MilanMilan2-0SienaSiena

Nocerino 54, Ibrahimović 63 (penalty)

Venue: Milano

17/12/2011

ChievoChievo2-0CagliariCagliari

Théréau 35, Sardo 57

Venue: Verona

Standings

*Atalanta BC have had 6 points deducted
Last updated: 20/12/2011 23:13 CET

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