Pogba goal boosts Juve lead, Inter stay in touch
Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba struck in injury time to hand Serie A leaders Juventus a 2-1 win over Bologna.
Juventus looked set for a share of the points until Pogba got his head to a superb cross from the left from Sebastian Giovinco to beat Federico Agliardi from close range in the dying seconds.
Pogba had the ball in the net earlier in the game only to be ruled offside and he then hit the post with an exquisite shot on 16 minutes.
Juve finally broke the deadlock in the 54th minute through Fabio Quagliarella, but were brought level when French midfielder Saphir Taider latched on to a cross 15 metres out and beat a diving Gianluigi Buffon with a dipping angled drive.
The Turin-based giants’ ninth win in 10 games extended their unbeaten run to 49 games and stretched their lead over Napoli to six points after Walter Mazzarri’s side suffered a shock 1-0 defeat away to Atalanta.
Chilean midfielder Carlos Carmona hit the winner for Atalanta on 19 minutes.
Elsewhere, Inter moved into second – four points adrift of Juve – with a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Sampdoria while Roma suffered a 3-2 defeat away to Parma and Lazio had to settle for a draw at home to Torino.
Although barely a third of the way into the campaign, Inter, coached by 36-year-old Andrea Stramaccioni, are emerging as Juventus’s biggest danger.
It could not have started worse, however, for the Nerazzurri. A high free-kick towards the Inter goal in the 20th minute caused confusion and Gianni Munari stole in to beat Samir Handanovic for Sampdoria’s opener.
A trio of Latin American-inspired goals, however, soon had Inter well on their way to the win.
Argentine forward Milito levelled with his spot-kick in the 51st minute before Rodrigo Palacio scored Inter’s second on 68 minutes.
Colombian Freddy Guarin beat Romero at his near post with a daisy-cutter to seal Inter’s win.
Citadin Eder reduced the arrears for Sampdoria in the dying seconds.
Glik Kamil beat Lazio keeper Albano Bizzarri with a fine glancing header to give Torino a shock 11th-minute lead at the Olympic stadium.
However, Stefano Mauri brought the scores level for Lazio in the 57th minute.
HT: 1-0. Att: 14,883.
Nene 6, 26; Sau 28; Ribeiro 89;
Bogdani 42; Calaio 90+;
HT: 3-1. Att: 4,000.
Red card: Neto (S) 76.
Missed pens: Calaio (S) 34; Pinilla (C) 90.
Luciano 75 pen; Stoian 77;
HT: 0-0. Att: 9,500.
Red card: Romagnoli (P) 32.
Milito 52 pen; Palacio 68; Guarin 81;
Munari 20; Eder 90;
HT: 0-1. Att: 41,438.
Red card: Costa (S) 51.
Quagliarella 54; Pogba 90;
HT: 0-0. Att: 38,895.
HT: 0-1: Att: 16,000.
Belfodil 34; Parolo 37; Zaccardo 65;
Lamela 8; Totti 71;
HT: 2-1. Att: 12,077.
Red card: Belfodil (P) 85.
Missed penalty: Totti (R) 71.
Di Natale 29p, 90;
Castro 62; Lodi 85;
HT: 1-0. Att: 10,000.
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Serie A top scorers
7 goals – El Shaarawy (Milan).
6 goals – Cavani (Napoli); Klose (Lazio); Lamela (Roma); Di Natale (Udinese).
Saturday: 18.00 Milan vs Chievo. 20.45 Juvevs Inter.
Sunday: 12.30 Pescara vs Parma. 15.00 Bologna vs Udinese; Catania vs Lazio; Fiorentina vs Cagliari; Napoli vs Torino; Sampdoria vs Atalanta; Siena vs Genoa. 20.45 Roma vs Palermo.