Juventus defeated Catania 3-1 to dig their heels into third place on the 2010/11 Serie A table.
Simone Pepe put the Bianconeri in front after 35 minutes, but Takayuki Morimoto brought the home side deservedly level a minute later. Two strikes from Fabio Quagliarella earned Juventus all three points against a Catania side who had dominated the game, but lacked the killer instinct in front of the net.
"I don't look at the table, but I am happy because Catania hadn't lost at home for a year," said Juventus coach Luigi Delneri. "We deserved this win. I saw my team play with lots of character."
But Juventus underlined their attacking efficiency as they managed to again break out of a siege on their own goal with Quagliarella striking the underside of the crossbar with the ball crossing the goal line by about a foot, but the goal was not given.
It did not matter much, though, as Quagliarella left no doubt about his first goal of the night in the 44th minute with Iaquinta again creating it with a pass back from the goal line. A bad error by
The Juve striker picked his spot in the top left-hand corner from 18 yards to put his team in command of a game in which they had actually struggled to keep possession. Catania did not lose heart and Morimoto had a volley saved instinctively by Marco Storari, who then prevented Antenucci from opening the game up again. At the other end, Quagliarella and