Del Piero steals the show to send Juventus top

Juventus reassumed pole position in Serie A after a 2-1 win against third-placed S.S. Lazio courtesy of an Alessandro Del Piero free-kick on his 700th appearance for the club.

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A free-kick from Alessandro Del Piero on his 700th Juventus appearance earned the Bianconeri a 2-1 win against S.S. Lazio and a return to the top of Serie A.

Simone Pepe (30) gave the hosts the lead when he drifted in behind the Lazio defence, collected Andrea Pirlo's clipped pass and acrobatically fired in from close range. The advantage lasted all of 15 minutes, however, as Stefano Mauri met Lionel Scaloni's whipped cross with a powerful header.

With eight minutes left, up stepped Del Piero to curl a free-kick into the bottom corner and seal a win that puts his side a point clear of AC Milan, who on Tuesday prevailed 1-0 at AC Chievo Verona.

"We are in the final stages of the battle, we won't give up and neither will [Milan]," Del Piero said. "I feel fine in the head and in my legs and I'm just thinking about the next game."

AS Roma were the other big winners of the evening, goals in the last four minutes from Francesco Totti and Marquinho securing a 3-1 triumph over Udinese Calcio. The win means the Giallorossi leapfrog SSC Napoli – who lost 3-1 to Atalanta BC – into fifth.

Elsewhere, FC Internazionale Milano overcame AC Siena 2-1, Calcio Catania lost 2-1 at home to relegation-threatened US Lecce, Parma FC beat Novara Calcio 2-0, while Genoa CFC and ACF Fiorentina drew with AC Cesena and US Città di Palermo respectively.