Serie A: Juventus extend their lead to nine points

With Roma drawing for the fifth time in six games, Juventus moved nine points clear at the top of the Serie A table.

 

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Juventus put in a lacklustre performance against Atalanta, but the league leaders came from behind to win 2-1, moving closer to a fourth consecutive Serie A title.

 

Atalanta took a surprise lead in the 25th minute when Giulio Migliaccio‘s glancing header went in off the far post.

 

However, Juventus’ misfiring striker Fernando Llorente pulled his side back into the game in the 39th minute, stabbing home in a goal-mouth scramble.

 

Juventus found themselves in front on the stroke of half time, thanks to a textbook Andrea Pirlo strike from long range.

 

The spectacular dipping effort from the legendary midfielder proved to be enough for Juventus, who now lead second-placed Roma by nine points.

 

Roma suffered their fifth draw in six games to fall further behind Juventus, sharing the points with Hellas Verona in a 1-1 stalemate.

 

A long-range strike from captain Francesco Totti nestled into the bottom corner in the 26th minute to give Roma the lead.

 

But hosts Verona got back on level terms in the 38th minute, albeit in a fortunate manner, with Boško Janković‘s header taking two deflections to send keeper Morgan De Sanctis the wrong way.

 

The draw means Roma’s lead over Napoli, third, has been cut down to three points.

 

Napoli bounced back from their 3-1 defeat against Palermo to win 2-0 against mid-table side Sassuolo.

 

Duván Zapata fired into the bottom corner in the 61st minute, before turning provider for captain Marek Hamšík nine minutes later.

 

 

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Lazio clinched their second straight win to move into fourth, coming from behind to beat Palermo 2-1.

 

Young gun Paulo Dybala gave visitors Palermo the lead, but goals from Stefano Mauri and Antonio Candreva helped Lazio claim all three points.

 

Fiorentina slipped into fifth after squandering a one-goal lead to draw 1-1 at home with Torino.

 

Khouma Babacar missed a first-half penalty for Fiorentina, but the hosts thought they had snatched a late win when Mohamed Salah scored in the 85th minute.

 

However, Giuseppe Vives scored just three minutes later to snatch a draw for the visitors.

 

Goals from Mateo Kovačić and joint league top scorer Mauro Icardi helped Inter Milan win 2-1 away against Cagliari to move into sixth position.

 

A.C. Milan climbed back into the top half of the table with an important 2-0 victory over Cesena, thanks to goals from Giacomo Bonaventura and Giampaolo Pazzini.

 

A Massimo Maccarone brace helped Empoli cruise to a convincing 3-0 win over Chievo Verona, moving them seven points clear of the relegation zone.

 

Meanwhile, the Sampdoria-Genoa derby was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, whereas Parma and Udinese’s clash was moved to a later date because of Parma’s financial problems.

 

Written by Marco Balsamo

 

 

 

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