Italian giants Juventus claimed a third consecutive league title without a ball being kicked on Sunday night– after Roma were thumped 4-1 by the impressive Catania.
Roma, who had been on a nine game unbeaten run prior to Sunday’s match, were comfortably beaten by the Sicilian strugglers who still may struggle to beat the drop.
A Mariano Izco brace and strikes from Gonzalo Bergessio and Pablo Barrientos rendered Francesco Totti’s goal as meaningless and was well received over in Turin when the party could reach full flow with victory over Atalanta on Monday evening.
The newest title is the record 30th for the Old Lady.
Elsewhere, the Milan derby was decided through former Manchester City midfielder Nigel De Jong, who at least gave AC Milan something to smile about in what has proved the most torrid of seasons.
Both Inter and AC produced a performance dire in quality, and was further proof of the demise of both clubs in the face of Juventus’ growing dominance on the other side of Northern Italy.
For manager Clarence Seedorf it will come as a welcome boost in more ways than one. His position at the club had been in jeopardy after recent poor performances, but the result has also boosted their chances of making the Europa League even if participation in Europe’s second tier tournament seems rather unexciting.
Elsewhere Udinese and basement side Livorno played out an eight goal thriller at the Stadio Friuli, with the home side edging the match 5-3.
The outgoing Antonio Di Natale was the star, netting twice to show just how big a hole his summer retirement will leave for the Italian side.
Paulinho scored twice for the away side, but Di Natale, Emmanuel Badu, Roberto Pereya and Gabriel Silva blitzed back before Djamal Mesbah scored a late consolation.
Seventh placed Parma recorded a 14th win of the campaign with a comfortable 2-0 win over Sampdoria.
Stalwart Antonio Cassano and midfielder Ezequiel Schelotto both scored to bolster their hopes of European football at the Stadio Ennio Tardini next term.
The win also served to deflect the attention currently surrounding president Tommaso Ghirardi, who has suggested that exterior forces have played a part in what he sees as a conspiracy against his side.
Torino placed further strain on Chievo’s place in the highest tier of Italian football with a 1-0 triumph courtesy of an own goal from Chievo’s Gennardo Sardo.
Genoa and Bologna played out a bore 0-0 draw in the final game of Sunday’s action.
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