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The 29-year-old forward, who is on loan from Roma, scored the only goal of a game which coincided with the anniversary of the former Italy international's death

Juventus forward Marco Borriello dedicated his crucial strike in Wednesday's 1-0 victory over Cesena to former player Andrea Fortunato.

The game at the Dino Manuzzi took place on the anniversary of Fortunato's death, the once-capped Italy international passing away on April 25, 1995 at the age of 23 after contracting pneumonia.

Consequently, while Borriello was delighted at finally having got off the mark for Juve after arriving in Turin on loan from Roma in January, as well as helping the Bianconeri take another major step towards the Scudetto, the significance of the occasion was not lost on him or his team-mates.

"It is an important goal, which we are dedicating to Andrea Fortunato," the striker told Sky Sport Italia after the game.

"It's a goal that is worth three points, but there are still four games left and it will not be easy, as we have seen today against a Cesena side that were almost relegated going into the game.

"But there's no time to celebrate because in a few days we must face Novara."

Borriello admitted, though, that he was delighted to have broken his duck for the Bianconeri.

"Today I felt I was going to score and I had said it to the guys on the bench," he revealed. "I arrived in poor condition, but I'm now hoping that the goal will give me more confidence."

While Juve triumphed at Cesena, title rivals AC Milan also saw off Genoa at San Siro, meaning Antonio Conte's men remain three points above the Rossoneri in the standings.

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