Juventus continue winning as Napoli slip in Serie A
Posted on Mar 24 2014 | IANS
Rome, March 24 : Carlos Tevez scored the winner to help Juventus beat 10-man Catania 1-0 in a bad-tempered Italian Serie A football game which saw both coaches dismissed.
Thanks to the angled drive from Tevez in the 59th minute Sunday, Antonio Conte's men achieved their sixth consecutive league win after overcoming a spirited performance from the league's bottom club and restored Juve's 14-point lead over Roma, reports Xinhua.
Catania were left with 10 men in the 67th minute when Gonzalo Bergessio was sent off for a second yellow for elbowing Giorgio Chiellini.
Both coaches had earlier been sent to the stand following an incident in which Bergessio avoided a second yellow earlier after appearing to catch Leonardo Bonucci with his arm.
Napoli's chance to secure a Champions League spot suffered a blow as they lost to Fiorentina 1-0 at home.
Joaquin's header two minutes from time secured the points against Rafa Benitez's side, who played more than half the game with 10 men after Faouzi Ghoulam's straight red card.
The victory ensured the Florence club is now seven points behind Napoli.
Fiorentina head coach Vicenzo Montella insisted that his side could finish third this season.
His Napoli counterpart Benitez was concerned about his side's prospect of finishing second this season.
Milan drew 1-1 with Lazio to avoid a fourth consecutive Serie A defeat but remained in the bottom half of Serie A.
They went ahead just before half-time when Kaka's cross was directed in by the unfortunate Anbdoulay Konko, but Lazio hit back through Alvaro Gonzalez's first goal of the season in the second half.
Inter were shocked at home as they lost 1-2 to Atalanta. A brace from Giacomo Bonaventura, including a 90th minute winner, gave the visitors the win. The 24-year-old put Atalanta ahead after 35 minutes only for Walter Mazzarri's men to equalise instantly through Mauro Icardi.
Inter were hit with a sucker punch at the death when the unmarked Bonaventura's header condemned the home side to only their second home defeat in Serie A this season.