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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.

Benfica captain Luisao says Chelsea did not deserve to win first leg

Chelsea were lucky to beat us, says Benfica captain Luisao ahead of second leg

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12:59 GMT, 3 April 2012

Benfica captain Luisao says Chelsea did not deserve their 1-0 win in the first leg of their Champions League quarter final at the Estadio da Luz last week.

Salomon Kalou scored the only goal of the game as the London side look to progress to the semi-finals by avoiding defeat at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

After the first game manager Jorge Jesus said Benfica ‘did not deserve to lose’, and Luisao shares the same sentiments as his coach.

Not deserved: Benfica's Luisao says Chelsea were lucky to win

Not deserved: Benfica's Luisao says Chelsea were lucky to win

‘The game in Lisbon left a sour taste in the mouth because Chelsea did not deserve to win and it proved that the team who plays better does not always win,’ he said.

‘I do not know if the Chelsea coach reserved players in the first leg, but the truth is that we were the better team and 1-0 was a misleading result after what we saw on the field of play.'

Benfica travel to London with only one centre-back available following injuries to Ezequiel Garay, Jardel and Miguel Vitor, but despite that setback and the one-goal deficit from the first leg, Luisao remains upbeat about his side’s chances of going through.

Only goal: Chelsea's Salomon Kalou put his side 1-0 up in the tie

Only goal: Chelsea's Salomon Kalou put his side 1-0 up in the tie

‘Even though Chelsea have a slight advantage because of the goal, I insist that the tie is still wide open and that we can progress to the semi-finals of the Champions League,’ the Brazilian defender added on Goal.com.

‘The key will be taking the lead. If we go 1-0 up, I am sure the nerves will set in at Stamford Bridge and that would be positive for us.

‘In London we need to be strong at the back, to control the ball and have more luck in attack than we did at home. I know it is difficult but it is possible and we will go there with that faith.’

UEFA has banned Chelsea goalkeeper coach Christophe Lollichon from the second leg for his 'improper conduct' in the opening match.

Its disciplinary panel imposed a one-match ban Tuesday after Lollichon was sent from the bench by Italian referee Paolo Tagliavento in the closing minutes of last week's first leg in Lisbon.

The ban prevents the French coach from working in the stadium with Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech.

Manchester City claims of racial abuse at Porto given UEFA hearing date

UEFA set Porto disciplinary date over City claims of racist chanting at Yaya and Mario

UEFA have responded to Manchester City's claims that two of their players were racially abused during the Europa League match at Porto by opening disciplinary proceedings against the Portuguese club.

City lodged a written complaint with European football's governing body after their 2-1 victory at the Estadio Dragao last week.

Warming up: Mario Balotelli (centre) was preparing for the return leg on Tuesday

Warming up: Mario Balotelli (centre) was preparing for the return leg on Tuesday

There were suspected outbreaks of monkey chanting aimed at Mario Balotelli and Yaya Toure during last Thursday's match. It appeared most noticeable when Balotelli was substituted 12 minutes from the end.

UEFA announced in a statement: 'Following a complaint lodged by Manchester City FC, UEFA has today opened disciplinary proceedings against FC Porto for the improper conduct of supporters (article 11 bis of the UEFA disciplinary degulations) during their UEFA Europa League round of 32 first-leg match against Manchester City FC last week.

Training: Yaya Toure on Tuesday

Training: Yaya Toure on Tuesday

'The UEFA control and disciplinary body will deal with the case on 29 March.'

Porto coach Vitor Pereira and forward Hulk claimed there may have been a misunderstanding when asked about the matter.

The pair both believed the home fans may have been chanting, 'Hulk, Hulk, Hulk' at the club's star Brazilian player during the game.

Pereira, speaking at a press conference as the Porto squad visited the Etihad Stadium ahead of the second leg of the tie on Wednesday, said: 'What I have to say on that, is that normally in our league and our stadiums we don't have problems like that regarding racism.

'In my opinion it was probably a misunderstanding and the authorities will deal with it. I am sure it will be sorted out.'

When asked further, Pereira, speaking through a translator, said: 'I have no comment to make regarding the racism point. I have not heard any comments about that.

'We have Hulk here and he can comment. He is a very good forward.

Claim: Hulk (centre) believes the fans were chanting his name, not abuse

Claim: Hulk (centre) believes the fans were chanting his name, not abuse

'I am normally focused on the match and I have not heard any racist comments at all.'

Hulk, who was also present at the press conference, said: 'I did not notice any racist abuse, as the manager said.

'In our stadium I always hear this, “Hulk, Hulk, Hulk”, particularly as I am in charge of the corners. It is our supporters.'

The matter overshadowed a fine performance by City as they came from behind to secure a first-leg advantage.

City manager Roberto Mancini did not hear any of the alleged abuse during the game but a complaint was made after Balotelli reported it to a club official.

Mancini was asked about the issue when he gave his pre-match press conference this morning.

He said: 'I don't know what has happened. I was concentrating on the game and I didn't hear this.

'But everywhere there are some not clever people, this is life.'

When asked if Balotelli had been upset, he said: 'I think Mario for this is strong enough. This was the culture sometimes in Italy or France. Mario is strong.'