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Football: Matri hat-trick fires Fiorentina as Napoli held

Alessandro Matri marked his debut for Fiorentina with a hat-trick in a 3-0 win over Catania while Napoli were held and Inter Milan slumped to defeat as torrential rain played havoc in Italy's Serie A on Sunday. Matri, AC Milan's most expensive signing last summer, pledged to hit 10 goals in the second half of the season for La Viola when he signed for the Florence club in midweek. And the former Juventus flop took a huge step towards fulfilling that promise with a brace within three first-half minutes before completing his hat-trick four minutes before the interval.

Football: Matri loaned to Fiorentina to solve striker vacuum

Serie A side Fiorentina moved to resolve an injury crisis affecting their strikers by signing Italian international striker Alessandro Matri on loan from rivals AC Milan on Tuesday. Matri will fill the hole left by injuries to Giuseppe Rossi, leading scorer in Serie A with 14 goals, and German international Mario Gomez. "There are some minor details to eke out and then I will be available for the coach," Matri told

Football: Five key matches on Juve's title march

Five key matches on Juventus's march to the 2013 Serie A title: Match 1 (25/08/12) Juventus 2 Parma 0

Juventus close in on title, Napoli win thriller

By Terry Daley ROME (Reuters) - Juventus moved a step closer to a second successive Serie A title after winning 2-1 in a pulsating "derby of Italy" at Inter Milan on Saturday, while Edinson Cavani came off the bench to inspire Napoli to a thrilling 5-3 win at Torino. A superb long-range Fabio Quagliarella strike after three minutes and a tap in from Alessandro Matri on the hour were just enough for Juve to beat a determined Inter, who briefly levelled the scores on 54 minutes through Rodrigo Palacio.

URGENT ¥¥¥ Football: Juventus reach Champions League last-eight

Juventus completed a 5-0 aggregate rout of Celtic with a comfortable 2-0 win on the night to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Wednesday. With a 3-0 cushion from the first leg in Glasgow a fortnight ago, the Italian champions went ahead through Alessandro Matri in the 24th minute and rounded off the scoring through Fabio Quagliarella after 65 minutes. ps/dj

Soccer-Juventus 2 Celtic 0 - result (aggregate 5-0)

TURIN, March 6 (Reuters) - Juventus 2 Celtic 0 - Champions League last-16, second-leg result Juventus win 5-0 on aggregate At the Juventus stadium Scorers: Alessandro Matri 24, Fabio Quagliarella 65 Halftime: 1-0

UPDATE 2-Soccer-Juventus extend lead as Napoli held by Lazio

(Adds details, quotes) * Juventus move five points clear at the top * Second-placed Napoli salvage draw at Lazio * Rome club 11 points off the pace in third By Terry Daley ROME, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Leaders Juventus moved five points clear in Serie A on Saturday as the champions beat Fiorentina 2-0 while closest challengers Napoli scored a late goal to snatch a 1-1 draw at Lazio.

UPDATE 3-Soccer-Balotelli makes quick impact amid uproar, Juve lead

* Balotelli scores twice on Milan debut * Juve stay three points clear in Serie A * Lazio and Inter lose ground after defeats (Adds Milan victory) MILAN, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Mario Balotelli celebrated his AC Milan debut by scoring twice in a 2-1 win over Udinese on Sunday but the match ended in uproar over the penalty which led to his winning goal three minutes into stoppage time.

Soccer-Classy first-half goals keep Juventus top in Italy

MILAN, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Two classy first-half goals from Alessandro Matri and Stephan Lichtsteiner gave Juventus a 2-1 win at Chievo on Sunday, ensuring they kept their three-point lead at the top of Serie A. Matri volleyed home after 10 minutes and Switzerland midfielder Lichtsteiner finished a well-worked move three minutes before halftime while new signing Nicolas Anelka stayed on the bench.
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