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Soccer: Tevez strikes twice as Juve continue title charge

Roma and Napoli win, Balotelli revives Milan

27 March, 11:07
Soccer: Tevez strikes twice as Juve continue title charge (ANSA) - Rome, March 27 - Leaders Juventus took another step towards their third consecutive Serie A title when they beat Parma 2-1 in a record-breaking 15th consecutive home victory in the league Wednesday.

Argentine striker Carlos Tevez struck twice in the first half to take his goal tally for the season up to 18 and become Serie A's top scorer.

Cristian Molinaro pulled one back Parma in the second half but the visitors had forward Amauri sent off for elbowing Juve defender Giorgio Chiellini soon after.

The win, which broke Parma's 17-match unbeaten run, enabled Juve to beat their city rivals Torino's record of 14 consecutive home victories in the 1975-76 season.

Juve have 81 points from 30 games, 14 more than Roma, who beat Torino 2-1 on Tuesday and have played one game less.

Napoli consolidated third place by beating Catania 2-1 and causing the Sicilian team to drop to the bottom of the table. AC Milan ended a poor run of form by beating Fiorentina 2-0 away. The Rossoneri had not won since February 23, notching four defeats and one draw in the last five competitive games.

Italy striker Mario Balotelli was key to the victory in Florence.

His free kick on 23 minutes led to Philippe Mexes's headed goal and he curled another free kick in after the break.