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Juventus chip away at Inter’s lead

sports Updated: Jan 20, 2009 13:05 IST

Juventus reduced the gap between them and leaders Inter Milan to three points by earning a hard-fought draw against an energetic Lazio side on Sunday. Earlier, an insipid Inter had succumbed 3-1 to Atalanta to allow Juve to close in.

Juventus struggled to find their form and needed an Olof Mellberg goal to earn a point that leaves them three points behind Jose Mourinho’s side.

Inter lead the standings with 43 points, Juventus are now on 40, AC Milan are third with 37 and Genoa are fourth on 35. Cristian Ledesma gave Lazio the lead when Juventus goalkeeper Alex Manninger misjudged his freekick from the left and allowed it to go over his head and inside the far post.

Five minutes later Olof Mellberg punished Lazio’s wastefulness by heading Juventus level from a corner by Alessandro Del Piero.

Comeback win for Real

Madrid: Real Madrid came back from a goal down to beat Osasuna 3-1 on Sunday and reclaim second spot in the Primera Liga from Sevilla, 12 points behind leaders Barcelona.

Jose Antonio Camacho’s side took a shock lead at the Bernabeu on 20 minutes when Iranian midfielder Javad Nekounam outleapt Fabio Cannavaro to nod Jaroslav Plasil’s cross past Iker Casillas. Agencies