Marchisio goal helps Juventus beat Inter

Published: Sunday | October 30, 2011 Comments 0

MILAN (AP): Claudio Marchisio was again on target to help fire Serie A leader Juventus to a 2-1 win at struggling Inter Milan in the Derby d'Italia yesterday.

The victory puts Juventus two points clear of AC Milan, which won 3-2 at Roma earlier. Napoli lost 2-1 at Catania.

Mirko Vucinic gave Juventus the lead before Maicon levelled. Marchisio was denied a seemingly clear-cut penalty at the end of the first half.

Milan had briefly gone top thanks to two goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and another from Alessandro Nesta. Nicolas Burdisso and Bojan Krkic scored for Roma.

Napoli are fifth and now level on points with Catania, after Giovanni Marchese and Gonzalo Bergessio cancelled out Edison Cavani's opener. Napoli midfielder Mario Santana was sent off in the first half.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice to lead AC Milan to their 3-2 win at Roma. Alessandro Nesta scored Milan's second, shortly after Nicolas Burdisso's equaliser. Bojan Krkic gave Roma brief hope when he scored three minutes from time.

Perfect start

Napoli got off to the perfect start when Edison Cavani fired his team ahead with less than a minute on the clock, but Giovanni Marchese and Gonzalo Bergessio scored for Catania.

Napoli, which have never won at Catania in Serie A, saw Mario Santana sent off for a second yellow, three minutes from half-time.

At Roma, Allegri called the game a "direct battle for the title" and knowing what was at stake, both teams started cautiously.

Milan, which had picked up just one win in their opening five league matches, took the lead in the 17th minute when Ibrahimovic leapt high in the area to head in Alberto Aquilani's cross.

Roma immediately upped the pressure and it paid off in the 28th minute as Burdisso headed in the equaliser from a corner.

However, Milan restored their advantage almost immediately when Nesta headed in almost an exact replica from Robinho's corner.

Milan had only won twice at the Stadio Olimpico in the past 14 years.

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