Result: Juventus 2-1 Lazio

Alessandro Del Piero
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Juventus return to the top of Serie A following a 2-1 win over third-placed Lazio.

Juventus have returned to the top of Serie A after a 2-1 win over Lazio this evening.

The home side were inches away from taking the lead after just six minutes when Chiellini's low ball across the six-yard box was met by Quagliarella, but his effort drifted narrowly past the post.

The first clear cut chance of the match fell to the same player but Quagliarella's effort when through on goal was saved by Marchetti.

They wouldn't have to wait much longer for the opener, however, as Andrea Pirlo's pass found Pepe who controlled the ball on his chest with his back to goal before unleashing a bicycle kick past Marchetti.

Moments later Vidal tried a shot from inside his own half, forcing Marchetti to scramble back and tip the ball over the crossbar. The Lazio keeper was in action again straight after when Quagliarella's turn and shot forced a save.

Despite Juventus's dominance, Lazio got an equaliser on the stroke of half time when Mauri rose highest to head the visitors level.

The second half panned out in much the same way as the first, with the hosts creating all the chances. They finally regained the lead with less than ten minutes to go when Alessandro Del Piero beat the wall and the keeper with his free kick.

In the closing minutes of the match, as the visitors poured forward looking for an equaliser, substitute Kozak brought down Bonnuci, resulting in a second yellow card for the Lazio man.

The result means that Juventus move one point clear of AC Milan at the top of Serie A while Lazio stay in third.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Juventus25210453173663
2Roma25182554223256
3Napoli25166360273354
4Atalanta BCAtalanta25153740261448
5Inter Milan25153740241648
6Lazio25145644291547
7AC Milan2513573629744
8Fiorentina2511774235740
9Torino259884640635
10Sampdoria259793031-134
11AC Chievo VeronaChievo2595112634-832
12SassuoloSassuolo2593133541-630
13Udinese2585122834-629
14CagliariCagliari2584133351-1828
15Bologna2576122338-1527
16Genoa2567122740-1325
17Empoli2557131535-2022
18Palermo2535172149-2814
19Crotone2534182043-2313
20Pescara2526172755-2812