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Juventus fluffs chance to go top in Serie A

JUVENTUS missed the chance to overtake surprise Serie A leader Sampdoria when it was held 1-1 at home by Bologna on Sunday while stuttering AC Milan drew 0-0 with promoted Bari at the San Siro.

Bologna's Brazilian forward Adailton side-footed home a cross deep in stoppage time to deny the Turin side, which had ridden its luck after French forward David Trezeguet prodded it ahead from close range on 24 minutes.

Juventus is second with 14 points from six games, one behind Sampdoria, which beat Inter Milan 1-0 in Genoa on Saturday.

Fiorentina shares the third spot with Inter after beating struggling Livorno 1-0.

Udinese climbed to fifth after a 2-0 home win over Genoa.

Juventus went on the attack from kick-off and it was no surprise when Trezeguet struck as he had already twice come close to opening the scoring.

Bologna responded well and created a series of good chances before substitute Adailton gave it a deserved draw.

"We gave away too much today. Maybe when we have the ball we don't manage it as well as we should, which means there are chances at both ends," Juventus coach Ciro Ferrara said.

The good news for Ferrara was that Brazilian playmaker Diego showed nice touches on his return from a hamstring injury before being substituted just before the hour.

Mid-table Milan can consider itself lucky to be trailing leader Sampdoria by no more than seven points as the southern visitors, who also held Inter 1-1 on the opening day, frequently had it on the back foot.

Bari midfielder Emanuel Rivas blazed wide after leaving a string of players floundering in his wake, while Milan keeper Marco Storari produced excellent saves to repel efforts by Leonardo Bonucci and Riccardo Meggiorini.

Milan coach Leonardo gave the inconsistent Ronaldinho a starting place at the expense of his off-form Brazilian compatriot Alexandre Pato, who came on in the second half.

The former Barcelona forward showed desire and had a crisp strike well saved in the 59th minute but he frequently found himself surrounded by markers as soon as he got the ball.

Napoli gave respite to under-fire coach Roberto Donadoni by beating Siena 2-1, and a stoppage-time Daniele De Rossi goal earned AS Roma a 1-1 draw at Catania.


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