Serie A - Juventus go top despite Catania draw

Sun, 25 Sep 15:56:00 2011

Unbeaten Juventus moved top of Serie A on goal difference despite being held to a 1-1 draw at Catania's Stadio Angelo Massimino.

Milos Krasic - 0

Antonio Conte's side have won two and drawn two of their opening four matches in the league, but share top spot with Udinese after results elsewhere fell favourably for them with Genoa losing 2-1 at Chievo and Udinese drawing 0-0 at Cagliari.

Udinese and Juve share the lead with eight points from four games. Atalanta remain the only other unbeaten team after a 2-1 win over Novara.

Promoted Atalanta, who won with goals from Matias Schelotto and Luca Cigarini, have the best playing record with three wins and a draw.

However they have only four points after having six deducted before the start of the season in a Serie B match-fixing scandal.

Genoa's unbeaten record ended when they lost 2-1 at Chievo, who also beat Napoli in midweek.

Striker Rodrigo Palacio, recalled by Argentina last week after a three-year absence, put Genoa ahead just after halftime with his fourth goal in as many games.

Sergio Pellisier levelled for Chievo in the 74th minute and Davide Moscardelli scored a stoppage-time winner.

Siena beat Lecce 3-0 helped by a brace from Emanuele Calaio after Mattia Destro opened the scoring while Lazio and Palermo played out a goalless draw in the afternoon's other game.

Catania had won only one of their last 15 Serie A games against Juventus, and picked up only two points from the last six games against the Old Lady, but looked set to register a rare win when they carved out a shock lead on 21 minutes.

Alejandro Gomez did superbly well to pick out Gonzalo Bergessio in the heart of the visiting area for the home striker to slide the ball under a helpless Juve keeper Gianluigi Buffon for the opening goal.

With the rain getting heavier and heavier as the match progressed, Juventus equalised when Milos Krasic let fly from 25 yards out on 48 minutes.

There appeared no real danger, but Catania goalkeeper Mariano Andujar let the ball squirm out of his grasp for the visiting side's leveller as the mood of the exuberant home crowd was visibly dampened in the grim conditions.

A draw was probably a fair reflection of how the match unravelled on a sodden afternoon, but Juventus could have won it with two minutes left when Arturo Vidal blazed over the bar when it looked easier to score after some neat play involving substitute Alessandro Del Piero.

Catania also had their moments in an energetic match with a Bergessio cross hitting the bar in the second period. The goalscorer somehow contrived to knock a Francesco Lodi free-kick over the bar from close range with the visiting defence marking fresh air.

Bergessio had played provider seconds before Krasic struck as he flicked the ball into the path of Gennaro Delvecchio, but he slipped a shot wide from 12 yards out with only Buffon to beat.

With no European football to concern them this term, Juventus can concentrate solely on their domestic ambitions.

They face the first real test of their title aspirations when they host champions AC Milan in their next outing on October 2.

Reuters / Eurosport

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