Del Piero steers Juve back to the top

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Updated: April 12, 2012

Juventus regained the Serie A lead after Alessandro Del Piero scored a late free kick on his 700th appearance for the club to seal a 2-1 home win over Lazio on Wednesday.

AC Milan had beaten Chievo 1-0 on Tuesday to throw down the gauntlet to their rivals but Juve went a point clear after a hard-fought game where Lazio’s Stefano Mauri had equalised Simone Pepe’s opener.

6 games remain in one of the closest title run-ins in Italy for many years while the defeat for third-placed Lazio opened up the battle for the Champions League qualifying berth.

AS Roma beat fourth-placed Udinese 3-1 to go four points behind Lazio while Napoli lost 3-1 at home to Atalanta and Inter Milan beat Siena 2-1 thanks to Diego Milito’s San Siro double.

Inter are now level with Napoli in a potential final Europa League spot as new coach Andrea Stramaccioni won for the second time in his three games in charge and Napoli failed to win for the fifth straight time in the league.