Vidal double edges Juventus closer to title

Updated: 2013-04-17 08:00

By Agence France-Presse in Roma (China Daily)

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 Vidal double edges Juventus closer to title

Juventus' Mirko Vucinic (right) is tackled by Lazio's Lorik Cana during their Serie A match at the Olympic stadium in Rome on Monday. Alessandro Bianchi / Reuters

An Arturo Vidal double moved Juventus closer to retaining the Serie A title with a 2-0 win at Lazio on Monday.

The Chilean slotted home from the penalty spot in the 8th minute, his first league goal since November, when he scored in a 6-1 win against Pescara.

Vidal then doubled the lead 20 minutes later, rifling home from close range.

As a result, Juventus is now 11 points clear of Napoli at the summit of Serie A with only six matches remaining.

Napoli could only draw 1-1 with third-placed AC Milan on Sunday, leaving Antonio Conte's men with the Scudetto well within their sights.

However, Vidal doesn't feel the title is wrapped up just yet.

Vidal double edges Juventus closer to title

"I am satisfied with my performance tonight," he said. "But the season is not over.

"There are only six games left and this win is crucial for us to get closer to the title."

Lazio, on the other hand, despite losing seven of its past 11 league matches, remain in fifth position level on 51 points with city rival Roma, though ahead thanks to a better head-to-head record.

Lazio coach Vladimir Petkovic lamented the penalty decision.

"At the start we dominated," he said. "Then we complicated matters by giving away the penalty.

"Juve then took advantage of a goalscoring chance, but they have to be congratulated for the victory."

(China Daily 04/17/2013 page22)