VERONA: French international striker David Trezeguet scored a hat-trick as Italian champions Juventus won 4-1 at Chievo Verona in Serie A on Sunday in a game which saw the Turin side awarded three penalties.
Trezeguet put Juventus ahead in the 11th minute, tapping home from close range after Chievo keeper Cristiano Lupatelli had parried out an Alessandro Del Piero free-kick.
Nine minutes later, in dense fog, Del Piero doubled Juve’s advantage from the penalty spot after Fabio Moro was ruled to have brought down midfielder Pavel Nedved.
Del Piero then blasted a penalty over the bar seven minutes after the interval but made up for it in the 68th minute providing a delightful pass for Trezeguet to rifle past Lupatelli.
Federico Cossato pulled a goal back for Chievo in the 72nd minute but four minutes later his teammate, German international Oliver Bierhoff was sent off for dissent.
Trezeguet completed the rout and his hat-trick from the third penalty in the 86th minute after Moro was harshly ruled to have fouled Juve substitute Marco Di Vaio.
The result moves fourth-placed Juventus to within a point of jointly second Lazio and Inter Milan but they remain four points adrift of leaders AC Milan. – Reuters