Vettel closes in on title with Italian GP win

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MONZA, Italy (AP) -- Sebastian Vettel won the Italian Grand Prix from the pole position, fighting off an audacious challenge from defending champion Fernando Alonso.

Vettel's eighth victory of the year gives the Red Bull driver an opportunity to clinch his second Formula One title in the next race in Singapore later this month.

McLaren's Jenson Button eventually passed Alonso Sunday to finish second and Alonso was third at the checkered flag.