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'Trezegol's' quickfire treble keeps Juve clear

David Trezeguet scored a hat-trick as Juventus kept on course to retain the Serie A title with a comfortable 3-1 win at Ascoli.

india Updated: Jan 30, 2006 12:21 IST

David Trezeguet scored a hat-trick inside the first 18 minutes as champions Juventus kept on course to retain the Serie A title with a comfortable 3-1 win at Ascoli.

The 28-year-old France international's quickfire treble clinched Juve's 19th victory in 22 matches and kept them eight points clear of second-placed Inter, who scored twice late on to beat bottom club Lecce 2-0.

Juventus coach Fabio Capello was glad to see Trezeguet, known as 'Trezegol' in Italy, end his four-match goal drought and answer those who had suggested the Frenchman had gone off the boil.

"Some people were going on about the fact that Trezeguet hadn't scored for four games and he gave the perfect response out there on the pitch," said Capello after his leading striker took his league tally to 18.

AC Milan are 12 points off the pace in third spot after their 1-1 draw at home to Sampdoria on Saturday.

Fiorentina held on to fourth position despite being held to a 0-0 draw at Udinese, while Roma climbed above Livorno into fifth place after defeating the Tuscan side 3-0 at the Olympic Stadium.

Roma captain Francesco Totti netted twice— his second from the penalty spot— before Brazilian midfielder Rodrigo Taddei wrapped up a sixth successive victory for Luciano Spalletti's resurgent side.