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Juventus grabs tie at Genoa

A HEADER by substitute David Trezeguet four minutes from time gave Juventus a battling 2-2 draw at Genoa in Serie A on Thursday.

It was the first time Juventus had failed to win in five matches this season but it still moved level at the top on 13 points with champion Inter Milan, which beat Napoli 3-1 on Wednesday.

"It has been a great match. We've not been able to win but it's a good draw as it's difficult to win at Genoa," forward Trezeguet told Sky television.

Juventus went ahead after six minutes when Mauro Camoranesi cleverly dummied Claudio Marchisio's pass and in-form striker Vincenzo Iaquinta rifled home from the edge of the box.

Genoa, also unbeaten before Sunday's defeat by Chievo, hit back just after the half hour when Giandomenico Mesto outjumped left back Fabio Grosso to powerfully head home.

Grosso then failed to stop a cross and halftime substitute Hernan Crespo glanced in to give the hosts the lead moments after Iaquinta had a header wrongly ruled out for offside.

In a breathless end-to-end finish, Giorgio Chiellini thought he had grabbed Juventus an equalizer but this time the offside flag was correctly raised.

Ciro Ferrara's men were not to be outdone, however, and Grosso redeemed himself when Genoa's defence was caught out by his flighted freekick and Chiellini headed across for Frenchman Trezeguet to nod the ball home.


Juventus, which dropped playmaker Sebastian Giovinco, had a few other chances with the recently off-color Amauri heading wide.

Last season's runner-up was again without the injured Diego and Alessandro Del Piero but Ferrara hopes they can be available for Sunday's home game with Bologna.

In Spain, Sporting Gijon and Zaragoza finished 1-1 to end the fourth round of the Spanish league on Thursday.

Against the run of play, Sporting's Diego Castro started an attack from midfield and his strike from 25 meters deflected in off a defender in the 29th minute.

The equalizer came in the 54th, when unmarked midfielder Abel Aguilar headed in his first goal of the season for Zaragoza.

Zaragoza defender Javier Paredes made a rash challenge on Luis Moran in the 60th but, inexplicably, referee Turienzo Alvarez gave the yellow card to Francisco Pavon.

Sporting striker Mate Bilic took the freekick but crashed it into the defending wall.

Barcelona was a 4-1 winner against Racing Santander on Tuesday and leads the standings on goal difference from Real Madrid, which beat Villarreal 2-0. Both leaders have 12 points. Sevilla is third ahead of Athletic Bilbao, both on 9.

The other results were; Atletico Madrid 2, Almeria 2; Espanyol 2, Malaga 1; Xerez 0, Deportivo La Coruna 3; Valladolid 1, Osasuna 2; Tenerife 1, Athletic Bilbao 0; and Getafe 3, Valencia 1.


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