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Juventus beat Bologna thanks to last-gasp goal

617   //    01 Nov 2012, 13:34 IST

Rome, Nov 1 (IANS):

Juventus stretched their unbeaten streak in the Italian Serie A to 49 matches after they beat Bologna 2-1, thanks to a last-gasp goal from Paul Pogba.

Fabio Quagliarella gave the hosts a 1-0 lead just nine minutes after the restart, and Bologna equalized in the 71st minute when Saphir Sliti Taider slotted his shot past a helpless Gianluigi Buffon, reports Xinhua.

With time running out, Paul Pogba won a free kick on the right side and headed in Sebastian Giovinco’s cross to seal the three points for Juventus.

The defending champions’ assistant manager Angelo Alessio was glad of the victory over Bologna, but still gave hero Paul Pogba a telling off for being “lazy”.

“Pogba did very well with the goal, but he still needs to improve,” noted Alessio. “He played an excellent opening 20 minutes, then became a little lazy and that is unacceptable.

“All games should be approached with the same level of determination, even more so against the smaller clubs,” he said.

Inter Milan moved into second place with a 3-2 win over Sampdoria, and maintain the pressure on Juventus.

Sampdoria took a 1-0 lead into half time after a 20th minute goal from Gianni Munari. But momentum swung Inter’s way when Sampdoria defender Andrea Costa was sent off for bringing down Diego Milito in the penalty area.

Milito converted from the spot before goals to Rodrigo Palacio and Fredy Guarin gave Inter a 3-1 lead. Citadin Eder scored a consolation goal in stoppage time for Sampdoria.

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