Juventus beats 10-man Udinese 4-1 in Serie A

Associated Press Modified: September 2, 2012 at 4:18 pm •  Published: September 2, 2012
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ROME (AP) — Defending champion Juventus moved atop Serie A with a 4-1 win over 10-man Udinese on Sunday that extended the Bianconeri's unbeaten streak in the Italian league to 41 matches.

The match turned when Udinese goalkeeper Zeljko Brkic was sent off for a foul on Sebastian Giovinco, leading to a penalty kick that Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal converted in the 14th minute. Mirko Vucinic doubled the lead in first-half added time and Giovinco added two more goals, in the 53rd and 71st.

Andrea Lazzari pulled one back for Udinese in the 78th.

Juventus has a full six points, having also won its opener against Parma last weekend.

Napoli and Lazio also have six points, but Juventus is ahead on goal difference.

Napoli beat Fiorentina 2-1 with second-half goals from Marek Hamsik and Blerim Dzemaili before Stevan Jovetic pulled one back for the Tuscan side.

Lazio downed Palermo 3-0 with two goals from Miroslav Klose and another from former Juventus midfielder Antonio Candreva.

Sampdoria also remained perfect with a 2-1 win over Siena but has only five points after being penalized one point in a betting scandal. Sampdoria opened with a 1-0 win over AC Milan, which bounced back with a 3-1 victory at Bologna on Saturday.

Also Sunday, Roma beat Inter Milan 3-1 with goals from Alessandro Florenzi, Pablo Osvaldo and Marquinho after Antonio Cassano had temporarily equalized for Inter.

Roma and Catania, which edged out Genoa 3-2, have four points each.

In other matches, Parma beat Chievo Verona 2-0 with goals from Algerian forward Ishak Belfadil and Aleandro Rosi; and Swedish midfielder Albin Ekdal scored a last-minute equalizer as Cagliari drew 1-1 with 10-man Atalanta after having two penalties saved by Atalanta goalkeeper Andrea Consigli.