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MILAN: Champions Juventus were given an almighty scare by table-propping Benevento before coming from behind to win 2-1 and hand the Serie A newcomers their 12th straight defeat of the season on Sunday. SBOBET
Amato Ciciretti stunned the Juventus stadium with an exquisite free kick in the 19th minute and Benevento led for 38 minutes until Gonzalo Higuain levelled. Juan Cuadrado scored what was to prove the winner in the 65th.
Juve’s win closed the gap on Napoli to one point after the leaders were held 0-0 at Chievo Verona, dropping points for only the second time this season, and moved them into second place above Inter Milan, who were held 1-1 at home by Torino.
AS Roma clocked up a 12th consecutive away win in the league by beating Fiorentina 4-2 while Lazio’s match at home to Udinese was postponed after heavy rain in the Italian capital left the Stadio Olimpico pitch waterlogged.
Napoli, who like Inter are unbeaten, have 32 points from 12 games, followed by Juventus (31), Inter (30), Lazio (28) and Roma (27).
On Saturday, Gaston Ramirez and Fabio Quagliarella struck either side of halftime to earn Sampdoria a 2-0 win at Genoa as they cemented sixth place after moving to 23 points. SBOBET
Juve were expected to sweep aside bottom Benevento and celebrate this week’s 120th anniversary of the club’s foundation.
Douglas Costa twice hit the woodwork for Juventus early on before Ciciretti curled a free kick around the wall and into the bottom left corner to give Benevento a lead nobody had expected.
Juve kept pouring forward and missing chances until Higuain acrobatically hooked the ball past Alberto Brignoli in the 57th minute.
And the Bianconeri turned the match around completely eight minutes later when Cuadrado met Alex Sandro’s cross from the left with a downward header at the far post.
Juve still had to survive nervous moments and Danilo Cataldi nearly grabbed an equaliser with a dipping long-range effort.
“It seemed like the game was jinxed, the ball did not want to go, but we managed to turn it around,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said.
“We risked conceding an equaliser towards the game, maybe we thought that the game was already over. We have to understand that no game is ever easy.”
Napoli dropped points for only the second time this season, unable to find a way past a solid Chievo team.
Maurizio Sarri’s team were eager to bounce back from Wednesday’s 4-2 defeat to Manchester City and almost certain Champions League elimination but despite dominating possession and creating plenty of chances they were repeatedly defied by goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino.
A 79th-minute goal by forward Eder salvaged Inter’s unbeaten record after Iago Falque had fired visitors Torino ahead on the hour in front of over 71,000 at San Siro.
Gerson twice gave Roma the lead in the first half at Fiorentina only to see his side pegged back each time by goals from Jordan Veretout and Giovanni Simeone.
But second-half goals from Kostas Manolas and Diego Perotti gave Roma an impressive win to follow-up Tuesday’s 3-0 demolition of Chelsea in the Champions League. SBOBET
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