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LEGA CALCIO: Juventus fail to capitalize after Atalanta down Inter


AS Roma’s Julio Baptista, of Brazil, foreground, celebrates with teammate Daniele De Rossi after he scored during the Serie A match between Torino and AS Roma in Turin, Italy, on Sunday.


Juventus failed to fully capitalize after veteran forward Cristiano Doni produced a masterful display to inspire Atalanta to a stunning 3-1 victory over Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan on Sunday.

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Alex Manninger dropped a clanger as second-placed Juve were held to a 1-1 draw at Lazio in the day’s late game to cut Inter’s lead at the top to three points.

But it was in Bergamo that the real drama happened as Doni scored a brace and set up the third in a magical first 45 minutes in which Atalanta totally dominated the reigning champions.

Ibrahimovic poked home a consolation goal for Inter in the 92nd minute.

In Rome, Juve keeper Alex Manninger made a hash of a free-kick, coming for it and then watching it sail over his head into the top corner on 24 minutes.

Lazio’s lead lasted only six minutes as Olof Mellberg headed home from a corner.

Striker Amauri had several good chances for Juve after the break but Lazio’s backline held firm as they edged to within four points of the Champions League qualification positions.

Genoa moved above Napoli into fourth, and the final Champions League position, as Bosko Jankovic and Guiseppe Sculli scored in a 2-0 success at Lecce.

Julio Baptista was the hero as AS Roma earned a last gasp 1-0 win at Torino.

The Brazilian forward scored two minutes into injury time that leaves Roma eighth.

Napoli lost for the fifth time in a row away from home as two Michele Marcolini penalties earned Chievo a 2-1 victory.

Mark Bresciano scored a brace as Palermo won 2-0 at Sampdoria.

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