Italian champions and previous leaders Juventus snatched an equaliser through defender Mark Iuliano four minutes from time to salvage a 1-1 draw at home to fifth-placed Bologna FC on Saturday.
Juventus coach Marcello Lippi, whose side face Spain's RC Deportivo La Coruña in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, opted to leave strikers Alessandro Del Piero and Marco Di Vaio and Dutch midfield player Edgar Davids on the bench. He paid the price as his team initially struggled against Francesco Guidolin's enterprising side.
Bologna go close
Bologna began well and had a great chance in the eighth minute when Renato Olive burst through but screwed his shot wide. Giuseppe Signori also spurned a good chance just before half-time, and the visitors continued to have the better of the game after the break.
Penalty breaks deadlock
In the 65th minute Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon was forced into an excellent double save to keep out successive efforts from Julio Cruz and Leonardo Colucci. However, only a minute later, Buffon brought down Cruz inside the area and Signori strode up to convert the spot kick.
Juve then brought on a trio of substitutes, including Del Piero. Another of them, Argentine Mauro Camoranesi, put over the corner which Iuliano headed home in the 86th minute. However, the champions might still have lost, as Bologna's Tomas Locatelli struck the post with a powerful shot in added time.
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