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Ten-man Juve closes in on Inter

TEN-MAN Juventus moved into second place in Serie A behind Inter Milan on Sunday after Christian Poulsen scored an injury time winner in a 2-1 victory over Catania.

Fiorentina similarly needed a last-minute goal by Alberto Gilardino to beat Lazio 1-0 and move into fourth place, while AS Roma is joint fifth after beating Genoa 3-0.

Inter is top with 53 points. Juventus is second on 46, AC Milan lies third with 45 after drawing 1-1 with Reggina on Saturday and Fiorentina is fourth on 41.

Juventus forward Vincenzo Iaquinta gave Claudio Ranieri's side a 11th minute lead, but was dismissed a minute later after he received his second yellow card of the game.

Gianluigi Buffon needed to pull off important saves throughout the first period to keep his side in the lead.

Takayuki Morimoto brought Catania level early in the second half, reacting quickest to tap home a rebound after Buffon had blocked Giuseppe Mascara's header. But Juventus took the points in the last minute, when Poulsen reacted first to Amauri's header.

"I wanted the team to get their form back. In recent matches we have lost our shape, which is fundamental to us doing well. Today we had a good game, 10 against 11 against a Catania side who didn't stop," Ranieri said.

In Spain, Samuel Eto'o scored two first-half goals to help Barcelona defeat Sporting Gijon 3-1 and maintain its 12-point lead at the top of the Spanish league. Daniel Alves also netted in Barcelona's win at Camp Nou, its 10th straight victory which extended its unbeaten run to the 21 league games since its opening-round defeat against Numancia in August.

With 16 games of the season remaining, Barcelona has 59 points and is firm favorite to win its first league title for three seasons. Defending champion Real Madrid, which has won its past seven matches, is next with 47.

Earlier, Diego Forlan scored twice and Sergio Aguero added the other goal to give Atletico Madrid a 3-0 victory over Recreativo Huelva.

In a late game, Valencia lost 0-1 at lowly Osasuna and missed the chance to move up to third place, staying fourth with 37 points.


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