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Juventus edge Lazio

Juventus edge Lazio
By Eurosport

15/12/2007 at 22:24Updated

A brace from Alessandro Del Piero helped Juventus to a 3-2 win over Lazio in Rome. David Trezeguet put Juve ahead on 29 minutes, Tommaso Rocchi soon equalised but Del Piero's double of near-identical goals killed the tie, Goran Pandev heading an injury-ti

Lazio had the first good chance when a Gaby Mudingayi cross was diverted away from Tommaso Rocchi by team-mate Cristian Ledesma and off Nicola Legrottaglie for a corner, while Juve full back Molinaro headed over when expertly set-up by an Alessandro Del Piero free kick.

Stefano Mauri should really have put the hosts ahead when volleyed over from close range after good work from Pandev, and it as the visitors who took the lead just before the half hour when a corner saw Trezeguet fortuitously deflect Antonio Nocerino's shot over Marco Ballotta into the net.

But Lazio bit back, Pandev levelling six minutes later with a close-range header after Mauri and Rocchi combined, the Romans then continuing to press until the break.

The second half saw a classic Juventus display of counter attacking football. Lazio had most of the ball, working it wide and through the middle but failing to create too much danger for Gianluigi Buffon and, when they did, finding the Italy keeper an immovable object between the posts, once save in particular from a Rocchi header on 69 minutes a joy to behold.

Juve, for their part, soaked up the pressure and hit Lazio with two killer Del Piero blows, the first on 49 minutes when he raced onto a long ball into space on the left wing vacated by Lionel Scaloni, angling a low drive past Ballotta, the second on 70 when he did exactly the same only powering the finish into the top right.

Lazio spurned a couple of good chances before and after the third goal but Juventus looked comfortable, Rossi's 93rd-minute cross finding the head of Pandev far too late.

Lazio's city rivals Roma can reclaim second if they draw at Juve's local foes Torino, while Lazio themselves stay in the bottom half of the Serie A table.

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