Cassano slices through Juventus' defence

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Antonio Cassano scored two goals and figured in another as Roma defeated Juventus 4-0 in the Italian Serie A.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:05 IST
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Antonio Cassano scored two goals and figured in another as Roma defeated Juventus 4-0 and positioned itself as the principal challenger to league-leader AC Milan last night. Cassano's two goals capped an emphatic performance by coach Fabio Capello's club, which went ahead on French midfielder Olivier Dacourt's first Serie A goal 13 minutes in and went up 2-0 on a penalty kick by captain Francesco Totti in the 53rd. Cassano and Totti performed well together all night in a two-pronged attack and Cassano's 70th and 85th-minute scores came when Juve was reduced to 10 men. Roma goalkeeper Ivan Pelizzoli blocked a penalty kick by Juventus' David Trezeguet in the 74th. It was Roma's largest margin of victory against Juventus since a 5-0 victory in 1931. Roma was reeling after a miserable month of January when it surrendered the Serie A lead to AC Milan and lost to the European champion three times. Cassano, who has a reputation for storming off the practice field when he is unhappy and often argues with officials and opposing players, was considered one of the main culprits in Roma's 1-0 loss to lowly Brescia a week earlier. Beating Juventus so soundly cast aside all of those thoughts and Cassano put an exclamation point on the evening by slicing the corner flag in half after his second goal with a violent, karate-like kick. (AP)

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