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Fiorentina slow Juventus' title charge

Press Association logoPress Association 15/01/2017

Fiorentina have put a dent in Juventus' title charge with a 2-1 win at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

Nikola Kalinic and Federico Chiesa fired Fiorentina in front with goals in either half and, although Gonzalo Higuain got Juve back into it, the Serie A leaders could not find an equaliser.

Kalinic opened the scoring in the 37th minute when a long ball forward fell to Federico Bernardeschi, who slipped the ball forward to the Croatian down the right channel.

From there, his low shot across goal had the beating of Gianluigi Buffon to find the bottom corner of the net.

The second came nine minutes into the second half when Milan Badelj drove a high ball into the box and Chiesa got the slightest of touches, barely redirecting the ball but doing enough to keep Buffon on his line.

However, Fiorentina had barely finished celebrating when Juventus cut into the lead in rather scrappy fashion, with a loose ball in the area falling for Higuain to stab home.

That set up a nervy finish, but Juve could not find an eqaliser, with Higuain heading straight at Ciprian Tatarusani and Paulo Dybala blazing high and wide as time ran down.

Juve's defeat leaves Roma one point behind - albeit having played a game more - after they edged out Udinese 1-0 away from home.

Earlier, Napoli defeated Pescara 3-1 with club legend Diego Maradona looking on.

Marek Hamsik closed in on Maradona's Italian goalscoring record, netting his eighth goal in all competitions this season.

The Slovakia international needs nine goals to equal Maradona's record of 115 for Napoli.

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