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Juventus beats bitter rival Inter Milan 3-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 2, 2014 at 5:17 pm •  Published: February 2, 2014

MILAN (AP) — Juventus eased to a comfortable 3-1 win over bitter rival Inter Milan in the Italian league on Sunday to extend its lead at the top of the table to nine points.

Stephan Lichtsteiner, Giorgio Chiellini and Arturo Vidal scored for Juventus before Rolando grabbed a consolation for Inter in the match known as the derby d'Italia — Italy's derby.

Antonio Conte's team extended its lead over second-place Roma, which saw its match against Parma abandoned after eight minutes due to a waterlogged pitch.

"We won and we're happy," Conte said. "We prepared the match well in all the details, I think we played well. I'm disappointed we conceded, that made us a bit anxious. We need to keep the tension high until the end."

Juventus also moved 15 points ahead of Napoli, which fell to a surprise 3-0 loss at Atalanta as German Denis struck twice against his former club.

"We had three or four good counterattacks and then we made a mistake," Napoli coach Rafa Benitez said. "Then we had another chance but then we again made a mistake, and then there was another mistake. In summary, we gifted them three goals.

"Teams put a lot of men behind the ball against us so it's difficult to find space, but when we have chances we have to score. It wasn't my team selection which made the difference today, but mistakes."

At the other end of the table, Catania drew 3-3 at home to Livorno in a tense relegation battle between the two bottom clubs in Serie A.

Sassuolo also remained in the relegation zone after new coach Alberto Malesani's debut ended in a 2-1 defeat at home to former club Hellas Verona, which snapped a run of three successive defeats.

Lazio continued its resurgence under Edy Reja as it comfortably beat Chievo Verona 2-0.

Juventus almost took the lead with less than three minutes on the clock but Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic pulled off a fantastic double save to deny Carlos Tevez from point-blank range.

The home side did go in front in the 16th minute when Lichtsteiner was left unmarked to send a diving header into the bottom left corner following a great ball from Andrea Pirlo.

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