MILAN (AP) — After a controversial win to maintain its Serie A unbeaten run, Juventus can extend that streak to 49 games on Wednesday against Bologna.
Catania had a goal ruled out Sunday before Juventus took the lead with a strike that should have been disallowed for offside. Juventus won the game 1-0.
"I agree that yesterday there was a refereeing error," Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta said. "But I categorically deny the notion of a conspiracy, that Juve affected the result. Our club behaved itself well. Moreover, even if the goal hadn't been ruled out, no one can say that the match would have finished that way."
Napoli is three points behind Juventus and will look to keep up the pressure on the defending champions against Atalanta.
Bologna slipped to 17th place following its third successive defeat, a 3-1 loss at home to Inter Milan, and coach Stefano Pioli knows his job is on the line.
"We're up against a very tough opponent, Juventus, as we were with Inter," he said. "Of course I'm worried. We've lost three games in a row. We absolutely have to start moving up the table."
Inter picked up its seventh win in a row at Bologna. The result also saw it move into third place in Serie A, four points behind Juventus.
Andrea Stramaccioni's side, which has won all five of its away games this season, travels to Juventus next weekend in a highly anticipated clash.
However, Stramaccioni has played down title talk, and first up is Wednesday's visit of free-falling Sampdoria.
"We've only played nine games," he said. "It's more intelligent to talk about growth. What's important is to see improvements and results. We want to get back into the Champions League, we work, we work and we work because it's the only thing I know to do.