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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014

Football

Vidal double edges Juventus closer to title
AFP
Rome, April 17, 2013
First Published: 00:05 IST(17/4/2013)
Last Updated: 00:18 IST(17/4/2013)

An Arturo Vidal double moved Juventus closer to retaining the Serie A title with a 2-0 win at Lazio on Monday.

The Chilean slotted home from the penalty spot in the 8th minute, his first league goal since November, when he scor-ed in a 6-1 win against Pescara.

Vidal then doubled the lead 20 minutes later, rifling home from close range. As a result, Juventus are now 11 points clear of Napoli at the summit of Serie A with only six matches left.

Napoli could only draw 1-1 with third placed AC Milan on Sunday, leaving Antonio Conte's men with the Scudetto well within their sights.

However, Vidal doesn't feel the title is wrapped up just yet. “I am satisfied with my performance tonight,” he said. “But the season is not over. There are only six games left and this win is crucial for us to get closer to the title.”

Lazio, on the other hand, despite losing seven of their last 11 league matches, remain in fifth position level on 51 points with city rivals Roma, though ahead thanks to a better head-to-head record.

Utd face West Ham
London:  Having returned to winning ways, Manchester United can close to within four points of the Premier League title with victory at West Ham United on Wednesday.

United's morale took a blow after last week’s defeat at home to City, but Sunday's 2-0 success at Stoke City saw Alex Ferguson’s side re-establish a 15-point lead over their derby rivals. It left them seven points from an unprecedented 20th English league crown and they could even capture the title as early as Sunday if City slip up against Wigan and Tottenham.


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