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Juve´s promotion hopes dented by Brescia

10 March 2007 21:43

ROME (AFP) - Juventus' promotion hopes were dented after a 3-1 defeat against Brescia in the Italian second division on Saturday.

Despite their second loss of the season, Juve held on to top spot in Serie B as second-placed Napoli could only manage a 1-1 draw at Rimini.

Juve's defeat took place on neutral ground at Mantova - the stadium where they suffered their first league defeat - as Brescia's stadium is not yet in line with security regulations.

Matteo Serafini scored a first-half hat-trick for Brescia, while Alessandro Del Piero was on target for Juve. Juve coach Didier Deschamps refused to make excuses for his team's lacklustre performance.

"We weren't really there today and we had problems both physically and psychologically," said the Frenchman.

"It wasn't down to individuals, the whole team played badly. We prepared for the match like all the others, but we were too slow and too predictable.

"Thankfully we play again on Tuesday, and that gives us the chance to put things right."

Juve keeper Gianluigi Buffon took some consolation from Napoli's failure to fully capitalise on his team's loss.

"The only positive to come out of today is that we are still top," said the Italian World Cup winner.

Juventus were demoted from Serie A last season and given a nine-point penalty for their role in the Italian match-fixing scandal.

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