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Juve´s promotion hopes dented by first defeat

13 January 2007 19:59

ROME (AFP) - Juventus suffered their first Serie B defeat of the season after losing 1-0 at fellow promotion hopefuls Mantova.

An own goal by Robert Kovac seven minutes into the second half was enough for Mantova - facing Juve for the first time in 34 years - to claim three precious points and leapfrog the fallen Turin giants in the table.

Alessandro Del Piero almost snatched a dramatic equaliser in the fourth minute of stoppage time, but his toe-poked shot sailed narrowly wide.

Juventus´ misery was compounded by a back injury to keeper Gianluigi Buffon 11 minutes from time. The Italian World Cup winner limped off and was replaced by Antonio Mirante.

Juve´s loss saw them drop to sixth place with 32 points, one behind Mantova and three adrift of leaders Napoli who beat Verona 1-0.

Juventus coach Didier Deschamps made no excuses for his team´s defeat.

"Mantova definitely deserved to win as they played superbly," said the Frenchman.

"They put us under intense pressure and were worthy of the three points.

"In the second half we created a few chances, but they were hungrier than us and had more self-belief.

"We lacked the right spirit. I hope this is just a blip."

Juventus, who have a game in hand, were relegated to the second division and given a nine-point penalty for their role in the Italian match-fixing scandal.

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