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Juventus beats Livorno 2-0 to restore 8-point lead

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 7, 2014 at 3:58 pm •  Published: April 7, 2014

ROME (AP) — Fernando Llorente scored twice in the space of three minutes and Juventus restored its eight-point lead atop Serie A with a 2-0 win over relegation-threatened Livorno on Monday.

Also, AC Milan won 2-1 at Genoa for its third straight victory with goals from wingers Adel Taarabt and Keisuke Honda, who scored for the first time in the Italian league.

At the Juventus Stadium, Llorente struck first 32 minutes in, holding off a defender before launching in a difficult shot from an angle. His second came on a header following a corner from Andrea Pirlo, which Livorno's 22-year-old goalkeeper Francesco Bardi got his hands on but couldn't stop.

It was a much-needed boost for Juventus to maintain its advantage over second-place Roma, which has won six straight and hosts Juventus in the penultimate round.

"The title-race is still open — wide open," Juventus manager Antonio Conte said. "We have a challenger that is not giving up a centimeter and in our heads we need to think that Roma could win all six matches that remain, including the match against us. So we've got to stay focused and pay full attention."

With its 16th straight home win, Juventus matched the Serie A record set by city rival Torino in 1947-48.

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