Juventus moved another step closer to a fourth consecutive Serie A title with a narrow 2-1 victory over Atalanta on Friday evening.
The Old Lady were far from their usual swashbuckling selves, but a stunning strike from Andrea Pirlo was enough to fend off Stefano Colantuono’s spirited side.
Atalanta took the lead through Giulio Migliaccio’s early header, but Fernando Llorente drew the scores level prior to Pirlo’s match-winning intervention.
Parma’s torrid year took another miserable twist, with their game against Udinese postponed amid reports the Italian club are so cash-strapped they cannot even afford warm waters in the changing rooms.
Players are now willing to walk out, with fans protesting outside the Stadio Ennio Tardini
which has been chained firmly shut for the foreseeable future.
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Their future in the top flight is now shrouded in uncertainty, and a statement issued by club captain Alessandro Lucarelli hints that bankruptcy may now be the only way to
keep the club alive.
The match between Sampdoria and Genoa on Saturday was also postponed, but only because of a waterlogged pitch as opposed to the financial reasons that prevented Parma and Udinese from locking horns.
Rudi Garcia’s Roma dropped more points in their quest for an unlikely Scudetto after a 1-1 draw away at Verona.
The evergreen Francesco Totti gave the visitors the lead, but Bosko Jankovic’s deflected
header gave the hosts’ a share of the spoils.
AC Milan bounced back from last week’s draw against Empoli with a routine 2-0 win over Cesena to further damage Domenico Di Carlo’s hopes of keeping the visitors in the top flight.
Giacomo Bonaventura’s ferocious strike gave the Rossoneri an early lead, before Giampaulo Pazzini added a second late on to relieve some of the mounting pressure on Filippo Inzaghi’s shoulders.
Lazio continue to keep pace with third-placed Napoli in the hunt for Champions League qualification after a battling 2-1 triumph over Palermo in a result that moves them to within just two points of Rafael Benitez’s side.
For long periods they were behind to yet another goal from Manchester United and Chelsea target Paulo Dybala, but goals from captain Stefano Mauri and Antonio Candreva sent the Stadio Olympico into a state of ecstasy.
Fiorentina secured a vital draw against Tottenham Hotspur in the Europa League on Thursday evening but were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Torino.
Mohamed Salah had looked to have spared Khouma Babacar’s blushes with a late opener after the 21-year-old missed an early penalty, but Giuseppe Vives pounced in the 87th minute to dent Vincenzo Montella’s hopes of securing a place amongst Europe’s
Meanwhile Empoli moved further away from the relegation zone with a 3-0 victory over fellow strugglers Chievo.
Daniele Rugani scored first prior to a brace from former Middlesborough striker Massimo Maccarone, who continues to churn out goals at the tender age of 35.