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Juventus routs Sampdoria 5-1 in Serie A

BRAZILIAN striker Amauri scored twice as Juventus routed Sampdoria 5-1 to jump ahead of the Genoa-based squad into second place in the Serie A yesterday.

Amauri found the target in the 26th and 62nd minutes, raising his tally to four in Juventus' last three games. Giorgio Chiellini, Mauro Camoranesi and David Trezeguet also scored for Juventus and Giampaolo Pazzini had a goal for the visitors.

"Everything worked to perfection," Juventus coach Ciro Ferrara said. "We were coming off a few negative results but we're bouncing back. This is Juventus' real spirit."

Ten-man AC Milan squandered a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw at Napoli, for which Luca Cigarini and German Denis scored in injury time after Filippo Inzaghi and Alexandre Pato had put Milan up 2-0 after only five minutes.

Inter Milan, which hosts Palermo in Thursday's lone match, leads with 22 points. Juventus was second with 21, Sampdoria has 20 and Parma was fourth with 17.

Freshly promoted Parma beat Bari 2-0 with goals from Valeri Bojinov and Alberto Paloschi, and Genoa edged Fiorentina 2-1 with a 74th-minute strike from Giandomenico Mesto.

Antonio Floro Flores scored twice as Udinese beat AS Roma 2-1 in a match in which both teams ended with 10 men.

Floro Flores had headers in the 21st and 84th. Daniele De Rossi scored a temporary equalizer then picked up a yellow card that will rule him out of Roma's game with Bologna on Sunday.

Roma is already without captain Francesco Totti for a month following knee surgery.

Roma midfielder Rodrigo Taddei was shown a direct red card in the 48th for protests and Udinese's Dusan Basta picked up a second yellow in the 78th.

In Wednesday's other matches, it was: Bologna 2, Siena 1; Catania 1, Chievo Verona 2; Lazio 0, Cagliari 1; Livorno 1, Atalanta 0;

With Vincenzo Iaquinta and captain Alessandro Del Piero both out, Amauri showed he was capable of carrying Juventus' attack.

The Brazilian who was trying to gain Italian citizenship and join Italy for the World Cup first scored off his own rebound, then made it 4-0 with a header.

Amauri also provided the cross for Chiellini's goal in the 42nd.

Chiellini and defensive partner Fabio Cannavaro did a good job of containing Sampdoria's imaginative forward Antonio Cassano, who rarely threatened except for a well-placed cross to Reto Ziegler early on.

"When a team plays like that it's tough to stop," Sampdoria manager Luigi Del Neri said. "We've got to learn from this, roll up our sleeves and focus on the games we have ahead."

Milan was cruising toward its third straight win when inexperienced midfielder Ignazio Abate picked up a second yellow card in the 86th. Cigarini scored one minute into added time with a shot from beyond the area and Denis notched a header with his back to the goal two minutes later, setting off raucous celebrations at San Paolo Stadium.

Japan striker Takayuki Morimoto received a direct red card in the 82nd minute of Catania's loss to Chievo for a hard foul on Manuel Iori.


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