Higuain helps Juventus closer to title defence
Gonzalo Higuain scored his eighth goal in his past six league games to inspire Serie A leaders Juventus to a 2-0 win at Sassuolo yesterday while second-placed Roma lost 3-2 at Sampdoria. Roma led twice before two goals in three minutes sent them to a defeat that left them four points behind Juve, who also have a game in hand.
Juventus, aiming for a sixth consecutive title, have 51 points from 21 games.
Higuain set Juventus on their way to a comfortable win by getting ahead of his marker to head in Alex Sandro’s cross after nine minutes, taking his tally for the season to 15.
The Argentine set up Juve’s second when he dispossessed Paolo Cannavaro and provided a low cross which was turned in by Sami Khedira after 25 minutes. Edin Dzeko’s 66th-minute goal appeared to put Roma on course for a win as they led 2-1 at Sampdoria but Patrik Schick levelled five minutes later with his first touch of the game. There was more drama two minutes later when Luis Muriel scored the winner with a deflected free kick.
Francesco Totti’s free kick was turned away by Christian Puggioni and Roma also had a penalty appeal turned down as they threw themselves forward. Bruno Peres had given Roma a fifth-minute lead but his goal was cancelled out by Dennis Praet before half time. Giovanni Simeone scored twice, the second a late penalty, as Genoa fought back from 2-0 and 3-2 behind to draw 3-3 at Fiorentina.
Josip Ilicic and Federico Chiesa had put Fiorentina 2-0 ahead but Genoa hit back with two goals in three minutes just before the hour, from Simeone and Oscar Hiljemark.
Nikola Kalinic put Fiorentina back in front but Federico Bernardeschi handled on the line, was sent off and Simeone converted the penalty.