Del Piero helps Juventus beat Lazio 2-1 in Serie A
MILAN (AP) -- Substitute Alessandro Del Piero scored what could prove to be a decisive goal in the Serie A title race as he secured a 2-1 win for Juventus against Lazio on Wednesday.
Simone Pepe had given Juve a deserved lead with a stunning effort before Stefano Mauri headed in the equalizer on the stroke of halftime.
It looked as if a combination of wayward finishing and good goalkeeping from Lazio's Federico Marchetti was going to cost Juve before Del Piero - in his last season for the Bianconeri - lashed home a free kick eight minutes from time.
Juventus is a point ahead of defending champion AC Milan. Lazio remains in third on 54 points, only four points ahead of Roma which beat fourth-placed Udinese 3-1. Udinese has 51 points.
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