Juventus on the brink of another title
ROME – Juventus all but sealed their seventh successive title as they came from behind to defeat Bologna in Turin. Napoli could only muster a draw on Sunday whilst Roma tightened their grip on Champions League qualification.
Juve fell a goal down to Bologna after conceding a penalty, but a superb second-half response including an own goal and strikes from Khedira and Dybala was enough to force a reaction from Napoli the following day.
Having been one point behind the leaders after beating Juventus 1-0 in Turin, the Italian reigning champions seemed to have been shaken. Yet, two slip ups from Napoli have swiftly reverted the destiny of the title back in Juve’s favour, now sitting six points clear with two games to play, whilst boasting a far superior goal difference.
A Marek Hamsik goal shortly after his introduction had put Napoli ahead, but Torino replied for a second time as a late goal from De Silvestri settled the game as a 2-2 draw.
Udinese continue in horrific form as their slump towards relegation appears increasing unavoidable. They were crushed 4-0 at home by Inter Milan who closed the gap on Lazio following a 1-1 draw with Atalanta.
A defeat for Verona, meanwhile, confirms their fall into the Serie B as they were comfortably beaten 4-1 by AC Milan at the San Siro. A crucial three points for Milan gives them a delicate hold of the final Europa League place with games against Atalanta and Fiorentina to come, who both sit just below in the table.
Chievo jumped out of the drop zone with a vital 2-1 victory against Crotone. Whilst a win sends them up to 15th, the threat of relegation remains critical with five teams still in contention to become the third and final casualty of the season.
Roma pushed above city rivals Lazio into third position on Sunday. A goal from Cengiz Ünder was enough to see the Giallorossi past Cagliari, who now sit dangerously in 18th place with games to come against Fiorentina and Atalanta, both pushing for the Europa League spot.
Roma will be hoping to spoil the Juventus title party this coming Sunday as a win would confirm their Champions League qualification.
All eyes will be focussed on Wednesday night’s Coppa Italia final, however, as Juventus square up to AC Milan at the Stadio Olimpico.
AC Milan 4-1 Verona
Juventus 3-1 Bologna
Udinese 0-4 Inter Milan
Chievo 2-1 Crotone
SPAL 2-0 Benevento
Lazio 1-1 Atalanta
Genoa 2-3 Fiorentina
Napoli 2-2 Torino
Sassuolo 1-0 Sampdoria
Cagliari 0-1 Roma