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Juventus back in business, Balotelli makes mark

Published: Sunday 3 February 2013, 22.01CET
Serie A leaders Juventus overcame AC Chievo Verona 2-1, before Mario Balotelli struck twice on his debut as AC Milan climbed up to fourth by beating Udinese Calcio 2-1.

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Published: Sunday 3 February 2013, 22.01CET

Juventus back in business, Balotelli makes mark

Serie A leaders Juventus overcame AC Chievo Verona 2-1, before Mario Balotelli struck twice on his debut as AC Milan climbed up to fourth by beating Udinese Calcio 2-1.

Juventus restored their three-point lead at the Serie A summit with a hard-earned 2-1 victory at AC Chievo Verona, before Mario Balotelli enjoyed a dream debut with AC Milan.

With SSC Napoli's weekend win drawing them level on points with Antonio Conte's charges, an immediate response was paramount. Alessandro Matri provided it in stunning style after just ten minutes, taking receipt of Arturo Vidal's floated pass and finding the net with a venomous volley. Juve then doubled their lead with a beautifully crafted team goal shortly before the break as Sebastian Giovinco back-heeled into the path Stephan Lichtsteiner, who lifted the ball in.

Cyril Théréau's second-half strike had Juventus wobbling, but that was as good as it got for Chievo, who dropped to 12th. The result also took the champions nine points clear of third-placed S.S. Lazio, who fought back from two goals behind before yielding to Marco Rigoni's added-time winner at Genoa CFC.

AC Milan are up to fourth, meanwhile, following a two-goal debut for Balotelli against Udinese Calcio. The former Manchester City FC striker finished from close range after 25 minutes and sealed a 2-1 win with a penalty in added time after Giampiero Pinzi had levelled the scores. The Rossoneri thus leapfrogged FC Internazionale Milano, who had Cristian Chivu sent off in a 3-1 reverse at AC Siena.

Elsewhere, ACF Fiorentina eased past Parma FC 2-0, bottom club US Città di Palermo lost 2-1 against Atalanta BC and Pescara Calcio succumbed 3-2 at home to Bologna FC.

Last updated: 04/12/13 7.12CET

Results

Italian Serie A 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 14/05/2013 09:43 CET

03/02/2013

MilanMilan2-1UdineseUdinese

Balotelli 25, 90+4 (P)

Pinzi 55

Venue: Milano

03/02/2013

FiorentinaFiorentina2-0ParmaParma

Toni 27, Jovetić 50

Venue: Firenze

03/02/2013

PalermoPalermo1-2AtalantaAtalanta

Nélson 83

Carmona 54, Denis 71

Venue: Palermo

03/02/2013

PescaraPescara2-3BolognaBologna

Weiss 30 (P), D'Agostino 45 (P)

Diamanti 34 (P), Gilardino 50, Kone 66

Venue: Pescara

03/02/2013

SienaSiena3-1InternazionaleInternazionale

Emeghara 21, Sestu 24, Rosina 55 (P)

Cassano 22

Venue: Siena

03/02/2013

GenoaGenoa3-2LazioLazio

Borriello 16, Bertolacci 22, Rigoni 90+5

Floccari 58, Mauri 82 (P)

Venue: Genova

03/02/2013

ChievoChievo1-2JuventusJuventus

Théréau 52

Matri 10, Lichtsteiner 42

Venue: Verona

02/02/2013

NapoliNapoli2-0CataniaCatania

Hamšík 31, Cannavaro 44

Venue: Napoli

02/02/2013

TorinoTorino0-0SampdoriaSampdoria

Venue: Torino

01/02/2013

RomaRoma2-4CagliariCagliari

Totti 35, de Mattos Filho 90+3

Nainggolan 3, Goicoechea 46 (o.g.), Sau 53, Pisano 71

Venue: Roma

Standings

*Torino FC have had 1 points deducted
*Atalanta BC have had 2 points deducted
*UC Sampdoria have had 1 points deducted
*AC Siena have had 6 points deducted
Last updated: 14/05/2013 09:43 CET

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