Juventus shows dominance with 2-0 win at AC Milan

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 2, 2014 at 4:33 pm •  Published: March 2, 2014

ROME (AP) — Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez scored either side of halftime as Juventus asserted its dominance in Serie A with a 2-0 win at AC Milan on Sunday.

Striding toward its third consecutive title, the victory moved Juventus 11 points ahead of second-place Roma.

"Only a tank could stop Juventus," new Milan coach Clarence Seedorf said. "They showed their strength and Tevez provided the difference. He's a great player."

Milan, which was starting to gain momentum under Seedorf, dropped to 10th, six points adrift of the European places.

Milan started strongly with Kaka and Andrea Poli threatening in the first half but Juve took control when Llorente collected a pass from Stephan Lichtsteiner in the 44th to score from the edge of the box and highlight Milan's porous defense.

Then in the 68th, Tevez was left alone to find the target with a shot from 25 meters (yards) that crashed in off the underside of the crossbar. It was Tevez's 15th goal of the season, putting him atop the Italian league's scoring chart, one ahead of Fiorentina's Giuseppe Rossi, who has been out injured since January.

Milan sorely missed Mario Balotelli, who is still recovering from a right shoulder injury. Making matters worse, midfielder Poli was taken to the hospital after getting hit in the face during a collision with Juventus defender Martin Caceres in the 51st.

Earlier, third-placed Napoli was held to a 1-1 draw at relegation-threatened Livorno without its standout forward Gonzalo Higuain.

Belgium midfielder Dries Mertens converted a penalty for Napoli in the 31st but Livorno equalized when a backheel effort from its 19-year-old Senegalese defender Mbaye Ibrahima resulted in an own-goal by Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina in the 39th.

Still, Napoli moved seven points ahead of fourth-placed Fiorentina in the race for the final Champions League spot.

Fiorentina, which was missing two key suspended midfielders in Borja Valero and David Pizarro, lost 1-0 at home to Lazio. Also, the Tuscan squad's coach Vincenzo Montella served a touchline ban following the fallout from Monday's 2-2 draw at Parma, which featured three red cards.