Juventus move closer towards Serie A title in weekend roundup

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Juventus strengthened their grip on a fourth consecutive Scudetto with a 1-0 win away at Palermo on Saturday evening.

The current champions were far from at their best but emerged victorious thanks to a second-half goal from substitute Alvaro Morata, whose short cameo has fired them closer to a 31st league title in their illustrious history.

Massimiliano Allegri has put his AC Milan misery behind him this term, and delivering success after the fantastic era of his predecessor Antonio Conte will silence any critics of his.

Champions League hunt

Meanwhile Rafael Benitez’s Napoli dropped more points in the hunt for Champions League football after a 2-0 defeat in Torino.

Veteran striker Luca Toni bagged a brace to continue his Serie A resurgence, and leave the visitor’s hopes of qualifying for next year’s tournament hanging by a thread.

Inter Milan continued their stuttering season under Roberto Mancini by drawing 1-1 at home to Cesena. 

The San Siro was shocked into early silence when the relegation strugglers went in front courtesy of Gregoire Defrel, before Rodrigo Palacio levelled things up to save their blushes.

Lukas Podolski struck the post and Mauro Icardi had a stunning overhead kick wrongly ruled out for offside, but the point will stunt their hopes of any European football next campaign.

Relegation fight

Crisis club Parma slumped further towards an inevitable relegation from the top flight by suffering a 4-1 thumping away against Sassuolo.

Nicola Sansone scored twice in the first period either side of a Parma leveller from Andi Lila, before then earning a penalty after goalkeeper Antonio Mirante brought him crashing down.

Mirante was then dismissed and the spot kick duly converted by Domencio Berardi, with Simone Missiroli adding a fourth to complete the rout.

Atalanta also moved closer towards the drop with a goalless draw at home to Udinese.

The hosts’ had midfielder Carlos Camona sent off 15 minutes from the end, but held on to secure a point after Udinese had smacked the woodwork via a shot from Silvan Widmer.

Zdenek Zeman’s Cagliari also failed to register a victory as Empoli scored in the dying stages to leave the Stadio Santi’Elia undefeated on the Czech coach’s return.

Zeman was reinstated after the club parted company with Gianfranco Zola, and took the lead through Joao Pedro, but ex-midfielder Matias Vecino scored in the 93rd minute to ensure the game end with honours even.

Chievo won 2-0 against Genoa to complete the weekend’s footballing action.
Alberto Paloschi eased their fears with a brace to propel the Verona outfit towards another year in the top flight.

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