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Tuesday 20 February 2018

Del Piero fires home 178th Serie A goal to rewrite Juve record books

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Alessandro Del Piero became Juventus' all-time top Serie A goalscorer on Saturday thanks to his second-half strike in his side's 2-1 win at Milan.

The 35-year-old fired home after good work from Mohamed Sissoko and in doing so overtook Giampiero Boniperti, with whom he had been level on 178 league goals. And he's not planning on stopping there, saying: "Now my aim is to reach 200 goals."

Fabio Quagliarella's first-half header put the Old Lady ahead, before Del Piero doubled their lead on 65 minutes. Zlatan Ibrahimovic pulled a goal back for the home side with a towering late header. "There is a special taste to winning at Milan," Del Piero added.

Lazio went four points clear at the top of the league after a difficult 1-0 win in Palermo. The only goal came from Brazilian centre-back Andre Dias, who volleyed in a Cristian Ledesma free-kick.

Despite their healthy position, the Lazio coach Edy Reja maintained afterwards that his side were still primarily concerned with avoiding relegation.

Inter Milan drew 1-1 with Sampadoria ahead of their visit to Tottenham on Tuesday, while Francesco Totti's red card was the only blot on Roma's copybook as they beat Lecce 2-0 with goals from Nicola Burdisso and Mirko Vucinic.


Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's competition to outdo each other continued on Saturday as Real Madrid maintained their one-point lead over Barcelona at the top of La Liga.

Real won 3-1 at Hercules, the promoted team who famously stunned Barca at the Nou Camp in September. And Hercules looked like pulling off another shock when they went ahead on Saturday, but Real stormed back after the break.

First Angel di Maria tapped in after Juan Calatayud spilled Ronaldo's shot, before the Portuguese star scored his 11th and 12th goals of the season.

Ronaldo's main rival for the Pichichi award is Messi, who bagged two goals in Barcelona's 5-0 home win over Sevilla.

The Argentina star scored his first early on before setting up David Villa, who curled in Barca's second. Dani Alves scored against his former club after intercepting a back-pass before Messi scored a trademark second, taking the ball past two defenders and shooting into the bottom corner.

Villa added a fifth in stoppage-time, while his former club Valencia lost ground after only drawing 1-1 at home to Real Zaragoza.

Borussia Dortmund leapfrogged Mainz at the top of the Bundesliga table thanks to a 2-0 away win and Steve McClaren's Wolfsburg beat Stuttgart 2-0. Bayern Munich had a 4-2 victory over Freiburg to move into the top half of the table.

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