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Juventus maintains perfect start in Serie A

JUVENTUS made it four wins from four in the Serie A with a 2-0 win at home against newly promoted Livorno yesterday.

Vincenzo Iaquinta and Claudio Marchisio scored in the first half to help Ciro Ferrara's side bounce back from an uninspiring 1-1 Champions League draw with Bordeaux midweek.

The win means Juventus is three points ahead of Genoa and Sampdoria at the top of the table, though both teams are in action today.

"In the end we won fairly comfortably," goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon said. "We should have extended our score, but Livorno played really well.

"We are going through a good run of form and we hope it continues. We're confident it will because we are training hard and working hard on the pitch."

Iaquinta grabbed his second goal of the league season and his second strike in two games in the 8th minute. Mauro Camoranesi swung a cross from the right wing and the striker escaped the attention of Paixao Diniz to head past Livorno goalkeeper Alfonso De Lucia.

Juventus doubled the lead in the 30th. Claudio Marchisio raced down the left, played a one-two pass with Camoranesi and calmly chipped De Lucia.

Cristiano Lucarelli wasted a fantastic chance to pull a goal back in the 34th. The striker broke through the middle of Juventus' defense and onto Antonio Candreva's pass, but Buffon saved for a corner.

On the stroke of halftime, Iaquinta should have scored a second. Sebastien Giovinco played a free kick into Livorno's area and the striker headed straight at De Lucia when the goal was at his mercy.

In the second half neither side was particularly inspired.

David Trezeguet went close with a volley in the 62nd and Buffon needed to come to Juventus' rescue three minutes later.

First, he blocked Tomas Danilevicius' free kick, but when Juventus' defense failed to react after thinking the ball had gone out, he then stopped Danilevicius' header.

"For seven or eight months I have felt really good," Buffon said. "I've had no muscles aches or other physical problems and I still enjoy playing as much as I ever have."

Earlier, Napoli and Udinese took a point apiece in a 0-0 draw.

In the first half Napoli's Juan Zuniga failed to take advantage of an Ezequiel Lavezzi break down the left by shooting straight at Aleksandar Lukovic after Udinese goalkeeper Samir Handanovic had left the goal unguarded.

Udinese needed 25 minutes to create a chance. Antonio Di Natale picked out Simone Pepe on his right, but Morgan De Sanctis pushed the winger's powerful drive away.

Walter Gargano came closest for Napoli in the 29th with a left-footed free kick that Handanovic struggled to hold.

Di Natale thought he scored his seventh goal of the season six minutes before halftime, but it was ruled out for offside, though replays showed Leandro Rinaudo was playing him onside.

Fabio Quagliarella should have given Napoli the lead in the 64th. He rounded Handanovic but shot high and wide from a tight angle.

With seven minutes remaining Marek Hamsik missed another great chance for Napoli. Handanovic could only parry Lavezzi's shot, but Hamsik fired the ball over the bar while the goalkeeper was stranded on the ground.


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