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Llorente Helps Ten-Man Juve Hold Lazio

Fernando Llorente’s second half strike helped a ten-man Juventus side salvage a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday evening.

The Bianconeri were reduced to ten men midway through the first half when Gianluigi Buffon brought down Miroslav Klose to concede a penalty. Antonio Candreva converted the effort, before Llorente got his ninth goal of the season after the restart.

The home side came into the game on the back of three matches unbeaten and they were hoping to extend their run against an in-form Juventus side.

But the Bianconeri were the first to have an attempt at goal when Arturo Vidal offered a looping ball from range which dipped just narrowly behind the goal in the eighth minute.

Gianluigi Buffon was saved of his blushes when he failed to clear away a back pass which Miroslav Klose charged down. The German nearly beat the ball at the ‘keeper’s feet but Buffon managed to make the save.

Juventus were then reduced to ten men in the 24th minute when he brought down Klose in the box. Kwadwo Asamoah was the one sacrificed to bring on Marco Storari and the ‘keeper couldn’t prevent Antonio Candreva from converting from the spot to make it 1-0.

Etrit Berisha did well to deny the Bianconeri of their equalizer 12 minutes later when he dropped down and held onto Fernando Llorente’s shot while on the turn inside the box.

Llorente did manage to make it 1-1 in the 60th minute when he burst into the box and knocked in carlos Tevez’s chipped ball off the inside of the post before falling into the back of the net.

Two goals nearly followed suit in the following 120 seconds of play. First, Tevez’s powerful strike at the near post was pushed out for a corner, before Hernanes’ saw his effort on the other end of the field glance just wide of goal.

Storari pulled off a miracle save when he pushed Klose’s header onto the crossbar which sent it sailing back up the field an away from the goal mouth with 15 minutes to go.

The German striker tried to wrap up a win for Lazio ten minutes from time with yet another head. However, the substitute goalkeeper again denied his effort from point-blank range.

Keita nearly secured the victory for the home side when he came off the bench and curled in an effort around Storari which rattled the upright to end the game all square.

Napoli-Chievo (1-1)

Chievo managed to stun Napoli to a 1-1 draw in their Serie A league match on Saturday evening at the Stadio Olimpico, in a match which saw the hosts hit the woodwork three times.

It took the Flying Donkeys just 18 minutes for them to take the shock lead. Gennaro Sardo burst down the right and combined with Cyril Thereau where he then smashed a powerful finish off his toes into the far top corner.

The Partenopei incredibly failed to equalize midway through the first half when Jose Callejon’s angled drive had beaten Christian Puggioni to reach Gonzalo Higuain at the near post. The Argentina staggeringly failed to hit the target from a yard out, glancing it across the face of goal.

Dries Mertens was then unlucky to his effort thump the outside of the near post, while at the restart to the Dutchman hit the woodwork again with his free-kick.

Lorenzo Insigne came off the bench and also fell victim to the goal frame with his strike, but Napoli did eventually get their equalizer Raul Albiol. A corner fell to the Spaniard two minutes from time and a lucky deflection allowed him to squirm the finish between Puggioni and the near post.

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