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Juve stays perfect as Milan held

MARTIN Caceres scored on his Italian Serie A debut to help Juventus win 2-0 at Lazio on Saturday and maintain its perfect start to the season.

The Uruguay right back, on loan from Barcelona, smashed home a loose ball on the edge of the box midway through the second half.

David Trezeguet, starting up front in place of the rested Vincenzo Iaquinta and the injured Alessandro Del Piero, secured a battling victory late on when he tucked in from close range.

Juve's third win from three came at a cost, though, with new playmaker Diego, who scored twice in the 3-1 win over AS Roma on its previous visit to the capital last month, going off before the break with a leg injury.

Lazio felt hard done by on the stroke of halftime when Stefano Mauri's scrambled goal was ruled out for a foul.

AC Milan was earlier held to a dull 0-0 draw at promoted Livorno.

Leonardo's side, hammered 4-0 by Inter Milan in the derby before the international break, gave a first start to former Real Madrid striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar with Marco Borriello injured but it could not break down an organized defense.

In France, Yoan Gouffran netted in the first half to keep champion Girondins Bordeaux top of Ligue 1 with a 1-0 home victory against bottom club Grenoble on Saturday.

Gouffran was perfectly set up just inside the box by fellow midfielder Jaroslav Plasil before slotting the ball past keeper Jody Viviani in the 18th minute.

Bordeaux, with 13 points from five matches, leads on goal difference from Olympique Lyon, which beat Lorient 1-0 with a Michel Bastos goal earlier in the day.

Olympique Marseille did not have it all its way at Le Mans but won 2-1 with a superb Brandao display.

The Brazilian striker set up Senegal's Mamadou Niang for a splendid volley in the 14th and sealed the win with a timely header 21 minutes from time after the host had leveled through Modibo Maiga just after the hour.

Marseille, fourth in the standings, is one of six unbeaten teams as is third-placed Montpellier which beat RC Lens 1-0 at home.


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