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Belotti scores hat-trick, Juve extend lead

  • Published at 06:31 am March 6th, 2017
  • Last updated at 06:33 am March 6th, 2017
Belotti scores hat-trick, Juve extend lead
Leonardo Bonucci headed in a second-half equaliser to give Juve their first Serie A draw of the season which left them with 67 points from 27 games. Second-placed AS Roma have 59 after Saturday's 2-1 home defeat to third-placed Napoli, who are a further two points behind. Belotti's performance prompted Mihajlovic to joke that the buyout clause in 23-year-old's contract, which runs until June 2021, should be increased from its current value of 100 million euros. Palermo, who remained seven points adrift of safety in the relegation zone, went ahead on the half hour when Andrea Rispoli charged forward and beat Joe Hart from 20 metres. The Sicilians, playing their first match since flamboyant president Maurizio Zamparini resigned last week, stayed in front until Belotti, who also scored twice in the 2-2 draw at Fiorentina last Monday, sprang into action late in the game. Belotti, who spent two seasons at Palermo, headed the equaliser in the 74th minute, then struck again two minutes later when he met Adem Ljajic's free kick with a superb volley. Serie A's leading scorer completed his hat-trick and took his season's tally to 22 with another header in the 81st minute after Palermo goalkeeper Josip Posavec again failed to deal with a cross. Udinese stunned Juventus eight minutes before halftime when Duvan Zapata burst down the left, held off a challenge from Bonucci and scored with an angled shot that squirmed under Gianluigi Buffon. Bonucci levelled on the hour and Juve appeared happy with that, even though the result ended a run of 10 successive wins in all competitions. Lazio moved into fourth place with 53 points after two goals from Ciro Immobile gave them a 2-0 win at Bologna. Ivan Perisic scored twice to lead sixth-placed Inter Milan to a 5-1 win at Cagliari while Genoa won 2-0 at Empoli with late goals from Olivier Ntcham and Oscar Hiljemark. Crotone's match at home to Sassuolo ended in a goalless stalemate as did fifth-placed Atalanta's meeting with Fiorentina. RESULTS Atalanta 0 Fiorentina 0 Cagliari 1 (Borriello 42) Inter 5 (Perisic 34, 47, Banega 39, Icardi 67-P, Gagliardini 89) Crotone 0 Sassuolo 0 Empoli 0 Genoa 2 (Ntcham 89, Hiljemark 90+2) Torino 3 (Belotti 74, 76, 81) Palermo 1 (Rispoli 30) Udinese 1 (Zapata 37) Juventus 1 (Bonucci 60) Bologna 0 Lazio 2 (Immobile 9, 74)   POINTS TABLE Teams P W D L GD Pts Juve 27 22 1 4 38 67 Roma 27 19 2 6 33 59 Napoli 27 17 6 4 32 57 Lazio 27 16 5 6 18 53 Atalanta 27 16 4 7 16 52 Inter 27 16 3 8 18 51
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