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Mirko Vucinic scores and takes off his shots as Juventus close in on title after 2-1 win over Pescara

That's pants! Vucinic takes his shorts off in celebration as Juve close in on the title

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22:47 GMT, 6 April 2013

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UPDATED:

22:54 GMT, 6 April 2013

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Juventus continued their march towards back-to-back Serie A titles with a 2-1 win over Pescara in Turin.

The Bianconeri were made to wait for their latest success, which moves them 12 points clear of second-placed Napoli, with Mirko Vucinic firing in a 72nd-minute penalty after Giuseppe Rizzo saw red.

Vucinic added the second moments later and was promptly substituted by boss Antonio Conte ahead of the midweek Champions League quarter-final second leg against Bayern Munich.

Unique celebration: Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic waves his shorts as he celebrates after scoring against Pescara

Unique celebration: Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic waves his shorts as he celebrates after scoring against Pescara

Mirko Vucinic

Mirko Vucinic

Off they come: Vucinic takes his shorts off after scoring and waves them over his head

Spot on: Vucinic scores his penalty

Spot on: Vucinic scores his penalty

But Juve were made to sweat as Emmanuel Cascione curled in a stunning effort – Pescara's first shot on target – with seven minutes left.

Rolando Bianchi's stoppage-time equaliser grabbed a 2-2 draw for Torino at Bologna.

Nearly there: Juventus' players celebrate winning against Pescara and closing in on the title

Nearly there: Juventus' players celebrate winning against Pescara and closing in on the title

Paulo Vitor Barreto sent Torino ahead on 25 minutes but Bologna looked like they had grabbed the game away after the break.

Panagiotis Kone levelled on 65 minutes before substitute Tiberio Guarente seemingly won it with four minutes left. But Bianchi popped up late to share the points.

James McClean never wanted to play for Northern Ireland – Nigel Worthington

EXCLUSIVE: Worthington reveals McClean never wanted to play for Northern Ireland

qualifier against Italy in Pescara and now, almost 18 months after handing the reins to Michael O'Neill, he admits he would return.

'If the opportunity ever came up again, I wouldn't think twice about taking it,' he said.

'I loved every minute of that job. I loved working with the squad and the people behind the scenes were always terrific.'

While
those supporting Worthington in post are fondly remembered, he failed
to leave much of a legacy among the fans, who complained at his
'negative' tactics.

'Some
people will remember sections of the supporters having a go at me
towards the end of my time but I wouldn't say a bad word against them.

'They
were fantastic, loyal and passionate throughout my time in charge and
there is no better sight in football than seeing 13,500 people inside a
bouncing Windsor Park.'

Liverpool striker crisis as Fabio Borini breaks foot

Liverpool face striker crisis as Borini breaks his foot leaving Rodgers left with just Suarez leading the attack

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UPDATED:

07:15 GMT, 12 October 2012

Liverpool's stuttering season has been dealt a fresh blow after Fabio Borini broke his right foot during training with Italy’s Under 21s.

The 21-year-old was preparing for his country’s Euro 2013 play-off with Sweden in Pescara when he suffered the injury to his scafoide bone and taken to hospital for X-rays.

There is no diagnosis yet of how long Borini, who was signed for 10million from Roma in July, will be out but it could be that he is sidelined for months rather than weeks.

Injury blow: Liverpool striker Fabio Borini

Injury blow: Liverpool striker Fabio Borini

It leaves Luis Suarez as Liverpool’s
only fit striker for the foreseeable future and leaves Brendan Rodgers
fretting that his leading scorer will return from Uruguay’s World Cup
qualifiers against Argentina and Bolivia unscathed.

The Liverpool boss loaned out Andy Carroll to West Ham in August and was unable to replace the England striker, leaving him short of options. Under the terms of the deal, Carroll cannot return to his parent club until January at the earliest.

Rodgers was desperate to bring Clint Dempsey to Anfield but was outbid by Tottenham. The decision by the club's board not to back their manager looks even more costly in light of Borini's injury.

Mistake Andy Carrroll was loaned to West Ham despite Liverpool's thin squad

Mistake Andy Carrroll was loaned to West Ham despite Liverpool's thin squad

Suarez meanwhile will line up against Argentina
on Friday and he has admitted for the first time to a South American newspaper
that he will have to change his ways on the pitch.

He has courted controversy once again
this week after he went down theatrically in an attempt to win a
penalty in last Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Stoke at Anfield.

But Suarez, who has been booked three
times in the Barclays Premier League this season, is aware that he
needs to stop showing dissent to match officials.

Last man standing: Brendan Rodgers must hope Luis Suarez remains fit

Last man standing: Brendan Rodgers must hope Luis Suarez remains fit

‘As the years go by you realise what
you have to correct,' Suarez said. ‘There are things I must improve,
like my attitude on the pitch.

‘But that's how I've played since I
was a kid. I try to correct it but there are times when my anxiety makes
me play that way. Those are things I must improve on.’ Meanwhile,
Liverpool have dismissed Alessandro Del Piero’s claim he rejected a move
to Anfield out of respect to the victims of the Heysel disaster.

The Italian striker moved to Sydney
FC last month after leaving Juventus but he was also linked with
Liverpool. He says, though, that a joining Rodgers’ side was never an
option because of the tragedy before the 1985 European Cup final when 39
Juventus fans were killed.

But an Anfield official said: ‘No
attempt was made to sign Alessandro Del Piero. Nobody at Liverpool spoke
to the player or his representatives at any stage about the possibility
of him joining the club.’