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SERIE A: Juve see victory at Palermo with Conte back in driver’s seat

Reuters, MILAN, ITALY

Juventus manager Antonio Conte enjoyed a winning return to the touchline on Sunday as the Serie A leaders celebrated the end of his four-month ban with a 1-0 victory against UC Citta di Palermo.

Stephan Lichtsteiner scored early in the second half of a game in which both teams struggled on a difficult pitch that cut up badly following a hailstorm at halftime.

AC Milan continued their revival with a third league victory in a row, coming from behind to win 4-2 at Torino with Robinho, Antonio Nocerino, Giampaolo Pazzini and Stephan El Shaaraway scoring the goals.

Delfino Pescara 1936 beat Genoa 2-0 in a clash of two teams stuck in the relegation zone and two goals from Gonzalo Bergessio gave Catania their first away win of the season, 3-1 against AC Siena.

Second-placed SSC Napoli were to play third-placed Inter in yesterday’s evening game.

Juve’s win — their 12th in 16 league games — took them on to 38 points and ensured they will finish the weekend top of the table.

Palermo playmaker Fabrizio Miccoli had a first-half goal disallowed for being offside before Switzerland fullback Lichtsteiner settled the match following a clever back-heel by Mirko Vucinic five minutes after the restart.

The hosts, who are 17th, had Michel Morganella sent off for a second bookable offense in the 75th minute.

Milan lost midfielder Nigel de Jong to injury in the 21st minute and Torino went ahead seven minutes later when Antonio Nocerino’s dreadful back-pass was intercepted by Mario Santana, who ran into the box and rounded Marco Amelia to score.

Brazilian forward Robinho leveled from a tight angle five minutes before halftime and Nocerino made amends for his blunder after the interval when he headed in a rebound after Jean-Francois Gillet parried the ball into his path from El Shaaraway’s cross.

Pazzini scored the third, despite Torino claims that he had committed a foul in the process, and El Shaaraway tapped in from close range after a mistake by Gillet for his 13th goal of the season.

Rolando Bianchi headed one back for Torino as Milan climbed to seventh with 24 points.

Slovakia midfielder Vladimir Weiss set up both Pescara goals in the second half, the first for Elvis Abbruscato and the second for Ante Vukusic.

Pescara moved up to 18th with 14 points, two more than their opponents, who are 19th in the 20-team table.

In another relegation battle, AC Chievo Verona scored twice in the last quarter of theie match at Cagliari to win 2-0 despite being on the back foot for most of the game.

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