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Juventus takes Serie A lead with 2-0 win vs. Lazio

JUVENTUS moved to the top of Serie A with a 2-0 win at Lazio yesterday, and AC Milan's struggles continued with a 0-0 draw at promoted Livorno.

Fullback Martin Careces gave Juventus the lead in the 72nd minute before striker David Trezeguet made the result safe in injury time.

Lazio were left dismayed that referee Andrea Gervasoni had ruled out what appeared to be a legal goal on the strike of halftime that would have sent the home team into the break with the lead.

"It's great, it's great," Trezeguet said. "Last year I suffered a lot, I was out of the team and I didn't make my contribution. I've worked hard to return to this level. I have worked hard and all my teammates have helped. I am delighted to be playing at the top level again and able to play until the final whistle."

David Trezeguet forced Fernando Muslera into two sharp saves in the 10th and 15th before Aleksandar Kolarov made Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon scramble to save his powerful left-footed drive after 21 minutes.

Just before halftime, Lazio felt Gervasoni wrongly ruled out a goal.

Kolarov swung a free kick into the Juventus area, and the resulting scramble ended with Stefano Mauri hooking the ball into the net.

However, Gervasoni ruled that Sebastiano Siviglia had pushed over Juventus defender Nicola Legrottaglie before the goal was scored.

Amauri had the first chance of the second half, but the Brazilian narrowly missed Fabio Grosso's cross with a diving header.

Trezeguet went close again in the 65th after Sebastien Giovinco had cut the ball back and the midfielder then put Amauri through, but he was closed down.

Juventus finally took the lead when Claudio Marchisio whipped the ball into the box from the right and Amauri and Trezeguet both competed for the header.

The ball dropped to Martin Caceres who hit a powerful low shot past Muslera.

Trezeguet finally got the reward for his hard work in injury time. Giovinco crossed from the right, Muslera parried Amauri's effort and the Frenchman hooked the rebound into the unprotected net for his first goal of the season.

Milan, meanwhile, seemed to lack confidence following a 4-0 loss to Inter Milan in the last round and didn't have a shot on goal until Alexandre Pato's effort in the 37th.

Cristiano Lucarelli had two chances for Livorno in the first half, but failed to find a way past Christian Abbiati in the Milan goal.

Lucarelli also put Davide Moro through for the host's best opportunity to score in the second, but the midfielder hit a weak shot that failed to trouble Abbiati.

Milan substitute striker Filippo Inzaghi forced Livorno goalkeeper Alfonso De Lucia into pushing the ball away for a corner in the 66th, but that was as close as the visitors came for the rest of the game.


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