Unbeaten Juventus Reclaimed Serie A Lead

Juventus drew 1-1 with Catania on Sunday to reclaim the Serie A lead and remain unbeaten under new coach Antonio Conte. Argentine forward Gonzalo Bergessio put Catania in front in the 21st minute of the rainy match in Sicily and Serbia winger Milos Krasic equalized in the 49th - with the help of an error from Catania goalkeeper Mariano Andujar. Krasic also set up Alessandro Del Piero for a possible winner in the 81st but the 36-year-old Juventus captain missed with a weak header.

Juventus and Udinese have eight points each but Juventus leads on goals scored. Having signed a long list of new players - led by Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal and Mirko Vucinic - Juve's seven goals so far have been scored by seven different players. "We've put together a squad to be competitive again but there's still a long way to go," said Conte, who was hired after Juventus finished seventh last season and failed to qualify for Europe.



Udinese drew 0-0 at Cagliari, while Atalanta extended its impressive start with a 2-1 win over fellow promoted club Novara. Atalanta trails the leaders by four points, but the Bergamo squad would be two points clear if not for a six-point penalty from a match-fixing and betting scandal that also resulted in a three-and-half year ban for its captain Cristiano Doni. Matias Schelotto scored with a close-range header for Atalanta in the 34th and Luca Cigarini doubled the lead with a shot from just beyond the area in the 59th. Filippo Porcari pulled one back for Novara in the 88th.



In the late match, Roma beat Parma 1-0 with a 50th-minute header from Pablo Osvaldo for its first win under new coach Luis Enrique. Also, Siena beat 10-man Lecce 3-0 with two goals from Emanuele Calaio and another from Mattia Destro; and Lazio drew 0-0 with Palermo. Also, Chievo Verona beat 10-man Genoa 2-1 with an injury-time winner from Davide Moscardelli.



On Saturday, Inter and AC Milan got their first wins. Inter beat 10-man Bologna 3-1 in coach Claudio Ranieri's debut and injury-plagued Milan edged Cesena 1-0. In other match, Napoli and Fiorentina drew 0-0.

Source: Associated Press

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