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Juventus miss chance to return to top

AN Adailton equalizer in injury time earned Bologna a 1-1 draw with Juventus and denied the Turin club any chance of returning to the top of the Serie A yesterday.

David Trezeguet gave Juventus the lead in the 25th minute after being set up by Diego, but the French striker missed further chances as the match continued.

The result means Sampdoria sits top with 15 points, Juventus is second with 14, while Inter Milan and Fiorentina each have 13 points.

AS Roma needed an injury-time equalizer from Daniele De Rossi to earn a 1-1 draw away to Catania. Takayuki Morimoto scored in the 22nd minute and just when it seemed that the home side would be taking all three points, De Rossi prodded the ball home with his knee following a goalmouth scramble.

In the late match AC Milan was unable to turn around its recent mixed form and drew 0-0 with Bari at San Siro.

Trezeguet's first chance for Juventus arrived in the 13th minute, when he ran onto a long ball and unleashed a shot which keeper Emiliano Viviano turned away for a corner.

The opening goal arrived after Jonathan Zebina surged into the Bologna area, Viviano could only parry his shot and Trezeguet beat the defense to the rebound.

The Frenchman had the chance to double the lead in the 40th minute, shooting wide of the far post after Diego had wrong-footed Bologna's defense with a reverse pass.

Bologna thought it had an equalizer on the stroke of halftime when Giorgio Chiellini scored an own goal, but it was ruled out as Francesco Valiani was offside from the original cross.

Bologna missed two further chances to equalize in the second half, with Chiellini heading Marco Di Vaio's shot off the line after the striker had rounded goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and Adailton blasting over after Buffon had blocked Giacomo Tedesco's initial shot.

Bologna got its reward deep into injury time, though, when Tedesco swung a cross over from the left and Adailton arrived at the far post to bundle the ball past Buffon.

"It wasn't the first chance that Bologna had," Juventus coach Ciro Ferrara said. "I thought Di Vaio would have scored when he had the goal at his mercy.

"I have to say that we conceded some ground in the second half and maybe I put players on at the wrong time. We need to watch out for the counterattack when we are attacking. We have to resolve this problem."

Catania began strongly against Roma and Morimoto had a chance to open the scoring in the eighth minute, but keeper Julio Bertagnoli was equal to his shot.

The opener came after Roma failed to clear a Catania corner and Morimoto poked home his third goal of the season from close range.

De Rossi went close twice just before halftime, shooting over the bar and then heading wide. Mirko Vucinic came close to pulling Claudio Ranieri's side level, but his shot flew narrowly past the post.

It was De Rossi who came to Roma's rescue deep into injury time. Claudio Pizzaro curled over a corner, Juan headed it back into the box and the midfielder took advantage of the panic to prod home.

"We knew what we had to do against Catania," Ranieri said. "We had to play with a good rhythm and application. We knew they would counterattack, but we didn't play well.

"We worked hard and were determined not leave the three points here and so we carried on till the end. It is now important to know where we went wrong and put it right for the next match."

In the late game in Milan, Bari defender Leonardo Bonucci had the best chance of the first half, forcing Milan keeper Marco Storari into a sharp save with a powerful header.

Ronaldinho should have opened the scoring for Milan eight minutes after the break. Andrea Pirlo fired in a freekick, Bari keeper Jean Francois Gillet was unable to hold the ball, but the Brazilian hit the rebound over the bar.

Bari wingers Emanuel Rivas and Edgar Alvarez caused Milan's defense problems and their link up play with strikers Vitali Kutuzov and Paulo Barreto kept Storari occupied all night.

On 76 minutes Storari had to come to Milan's rescue again. Barreto led a Bari counterattack and he found Riccardo Meggiorini, but the substitute striker hit a weak shot.

Two minutes later Milan fullback Ignazio Abate shot low, but Gillet got down to stop the effort.

"I'm 90 per cent happy, but 10 per cent disappointed after all the chances we missed," Bari midfielder Massimo Donati said. "We had a great game and we played without fear.

"We are a young team and we showed what we could do tonight."

Also yesterday it was: Chievo Verona 1, Atalanta 1; Lazio 1, Palermo 1; Napoli 2, Siena 1; Parma 0, Cagliari 2; and Udinese 2, Genoa 0.


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