Juventus beats Novara 2-0 to return to top

ÀP, Sunday 18 Dec 2011

Unbeaten Juventus returned to the top of the Italian league with a 2-0 victory over struggling Novara on Sunday

Juventus' Fabio Quagliarella celebrates after scoring against Novara during their Italian Serie A soccer match at Arena stadium in Turin December 18, 2011. (Photo: REUTERS)

Simone Pepe gave Juventus the best start when he scored in the fourth minute but the result flattered Juventus with veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon pulling off a string of impressive saves.

Fabio Quagliarella secured the Serie A win 15 minutes from time.

Juventus is two points clear of AC Milan.

Inter Milan’s revival gathered pace as Andrea Ranocchia helped it win 1-0 at struggling Cesena. Inter’s fifth win in six games moves it up to fifth spot—10 points behind Juventus.

Novara is two points clear of rock bottom Lecce, which let slip a two-goal lead to draw 3-3 at Parma.

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