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Juventus Bolsters Lead in Italy

March 12, 2000

Juventus regrouped after being routed in the UEFA Cup, beating last-place Piacenza 2-0 Sunday to strengthen its lead in the Italian League.

Filippo Inzaghi, set up by Alessandro Del Piero, scored twice for Juventus.

Juventus holds a six-point lead over Lazio, which lost ground after a 2-2 tie with third-place Inter. Lazio rallied from two goals down with seven minutes to go.

Juventus, on course to extend its record of 25 Serie A titles, was ousted from the UEFA Cup after a 4-0 loss at Spain’s Celta Vigo.

Defending champion is in fourth place after a 3-0 win over lowly Verona.

In England, Premier League leader Manchester United got three goals from Dwight Yorke in a 3-1 victory over Derby, which is threatened with relegation. Leeds cut United’s lead to four points on Sunday by downing Bradford 2-1 on two goals by Michael Bridges.

Arsenal squandered a chance to jump two places back into third, losing 2-1 at Middlesbrough.

In Germany, Alexander Zickler scored twice in Bayern Munich’s 4-1 victory over Schalke in the Bundesliga. The Munich team leads by two points.

Bayern has 52 points and Leverkusen 50, with third-place Hamburger SV way back at 42 after losing 2-1 to Ulm.

In Spain, surprising leader Deportivo de La Coruna stayed four points ahead after beating Valencia 2-0 on Sunday. Alaves defeated Real Sociedad 2-1 to remain second.

Real Madrid is third after downing Seville 3-1 on Saturday when the other powerhouse, Barcelona, won 4-0 at Athletic de Bilbao to stay in fourth place.

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