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Lazio Holds Juve as Serie A Gap Narrows

The gap at the top of the Serie A standings closed to six points over the weekend as 10-man Juventus was held 1-1 at Lazio. Juve played most of the game a man down after goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was sent off after just 25 minutes for taking Miroslav Klose down in the box. Antonio Candreva scored the ensuing penalty, but Fernando Llorente equalized in the 60th-minute with a looping header. Throughout the 90 minutes, the Biancocelesti generally had the better of the play, hitting the post twice through Klose and Keita Bade.

After the game, Edy Reja, who recently started his second stint as Lazio coach, bemoaned his team’s missed chances. “We had a terrible start, as for 20 minutes we were slightly nervous under their pressing. We did better, were a little unlucky to hit the woodwork twice, as we could’ve won,” Reja told Sky Sport Italia. “The team reacted very well, Klose had two or three good chances and I had hoped we would win. Juventus by-passed the midfield and started to float balls in for Llorente which were very dangerous.”

Ironically, the draw helped Lazio’s fierce rival AS Roma move close to first-place Juventus, as the Giallorossi won 3-1 at Hellas Verona. Asked to comment on the narrowing gap at the top, Buffon said: “The situation worries me in the same way as it did before, except that we have two points less of an advantage. We knew already that Roma were a strong team.”

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