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Serie A wrap: Juve stay on track

29 April 2012 23:40

Unbeaten Juventus remain three points clear of AC Milan atop Serie A after both won comfortably on Sunday.

Antonio Conte's league leaders were untroubled as Mirko Vucinic netted a brace in their 4-0 thrashing of relegation-threatened Novara.

Novara were only able to keep the visitors out until the 16th minute, when Vucinic deftly flicked in an Andrea Pirlo free-kick.

Juve doubled their advantage five minutes before the break as Emanuele Giaccherini whipped in a superb cross to the back post, where the unmarked Marco Borriello nodded home.

Borriello missed an easy chance after the interval before Arturo Vidal made it 3-0, placing home a rebound.

The hosts were outclassed throughout the encounter and Vucinic struck the fourth just after the hour mark, powering in a rebound after Giaccherini's shot was saved as Juve stayed on track to win the title.

AC Milan put in an assured performance at Stadio Artemio Franchi to secure a 4-1 victory against Siena and keep the pressure on Juventus.

It took the visitors 26 minutes to get their opener as Antonio Cassano tapped in after Zlatan Ibrahimovic's cross was spilled by Siena goalkeeper Zeljko Brkic.

Massimiliano Allegri's team made it 2-0 just three minutes later as Ibrahimovic received a pass from Cassano, shrugged off his marker and powered a strike into the bottom corner.

Despite their dominance, Milan were given a scare seven minutes before the end when substitute Erjon Bogdani pulled a goal back for the hosts.

But the win was sealed by Antonio Nocerino, who capitalised on a mistake in midfield before finishing. Ibrahimovic rounded out the scoring with his 26th goal of the season.

Udinese remain in fourth position on the Serie A table after a controversial 2-0 victory over sixth-placed Lazio.

Udinese were already ahead through Antonio Di Natale's 69th-minute goal when things turned heated towards the end of the contest.

In a desperate bid to draw during stoppage time, Lazio goalkeeper Federico Marchetti went forward for a corner. But hearing a whistle from the crowd that he wrongly thought was from the referee for the end of the game, Marchetti didn't return to his position as Udinese broke forward, allowing Roberto Pereyra to curl his shot into the open goal.

The second score caused uproar both on and off the pitch as fights broke out, with Lazio defender Andre Dias seeing red in the aftermath.

Inter Milan also remain in the hunt for the final Champions League place after coming from behind to beat relegated Cesena 2-1 at the San Siro.

Luca Ceccarelli gave the visitors a shock 57th-minute lead, only to see it cancelled out soon after when Steve von Bergen netted an own goal.

Mauro Zarate struck the winner in the 72nd minute as Inter moved level on points with third-placed Lazio.

Lecce are still a point from safety after suffering a 2-1 loss at home to Parma, as Genoa, who are fourth from bottom, failed to capitalise as they slipped to a 3-2 defeat at Bologna.

Goals from German Denis and Giacomo Bonaventura gave Atalanta a 2-0 win over struggling Fiorentina, who had Stevan Jovetic miss a penalty.

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Serie A preview: Milan struggling to keep pace

28 April 2012 01:57

AC Milan face a tough task to keep pace with Juventus this weekend as they take on Siena in the Serie A, while Juve play second-bottom Novara.

Siena, who are 10th on the Serie A table, have lost just once in their last six matches and they will present a tricky test for Milan who are three points behind league-leaders Juventus at the top of the league.

Milan edged past Genoa 1-0 on Wednesday thanks to a goal from Kevin-Prince Boateng.

Massimo Allegri's men are the best attacking side in Serie A this season with 64 goals from 34 games.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been the key with 24 goals in the league, but after the big Swede are a bunch of players who have chipped in at crucial times.

Boateng is one of those, having scored five league goals and a total of nine in all competitions this season, and has really proven himself as an important player for Milan as they chase back-to-back titles.

Allegri will know that a win on Sunday in Siena will be critical because Juventus is almost guaranteed to win against Novara.

Novara, who are from the north-west of Italy, are highly likely to be relegated having won just six games this season and sitting eight points behind 17th-placed Genoa, who occupy the last position outside the relegation zone.

The race for Italy's third and final European Champions League spot faces an interesting twist on Sunday as Lazio, who are currently third, will travel to play Udinese, who are just three points behind.

A win for Lazio will give the capital club a decent buffer over one of their major Champions League rivals.

The two other contenders, Inter Milan and Napoli, take on Cesena and Roma respectively.

Down the bottom of the Serie A table, Lecce can move out of the relegation zone if they get at least a draw against Parma and Genoa lose to Bologna.

In other games this weekend, Cagliari host Chievo and Catania take on Palermo in a Sicilian derby, while on Sunday, Atalanta face Fiorentina.

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +48 84
2 38 +41 80
3 38 +17 64
4 38 +9 62
5 38 +20 61
6 38 +3 58
7 38 +6 56
8 38 +1 56
9 38 -2 51
10 38 -10 49
11 38 -5 48
12 38 -2 46
13 38 -6 46
14 38 +0 44
15 38 -9 43
16 38 -10 43
17 38 -19 42
18 38 -16 36
19 38 -30 32
20 38 -36 22