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Juve takes over top spot in Serie A

Livorno, Italy (SportsNetwork.com) - Second-half goals from Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez propelled Juventus to a 2-0 win at Livorno on Sunday, taking the club to the top of the Serie A table.

The win moves Juve two points clear of Roma, which will attempt to regain first place with a win against Cagliari on Monday, while Livorno sits just two points above the bottom three.

Juventus controlled much of the first half and threatened the Livorno net on numerous occasions. However, the visitors came away empty after 45 minutes due to a combination of Livorno goalkeeper Francesco Bardi and some wayward shooting.

Llorente finally broke the deadlock in the 63rd minute when he latched on to a pass from Paul Pogba and scored at the near post, while the former Athletic Bilbao man turned provider 15 minutes from time.

Pogba picked out Llorente with a pass inside the area and the forward teed up Tevez for a simple finish from a few yards to secure a fifth straight win for Juventus.

Inter Milan failed to move into the top three on Sunday after being held to a 1-1 draw at Bologna. Inter went behind to a 12th-minute goal from Panagiotis Kone, but equalized early in the second half through Jonathan.

Lazio needed a goal deep into stoppage time from Lorik Cana to salvage a 1-1 draw at 10-man Sampdoria, which played almost the entire second half down a man following a 46th-minute red card for Nenad Krsticic.

Sassuolo moved three points clear of the relegation places with a 2-0 victory over Atalanta as Simone Zaza and Domenico Berardi scored four minutes apart in the second half.

Omar El Kaddouri scored twice to lead Torino to a 4-1 win over Catania and Udinese topped fifth-place Fiorentina, 1-0, courtesy of a goal from Thomas Heurtaux in the 34th minute.

11/24 16:44:32 ET


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