Parma vs. Milan  0 - 2


Serie A preview: Juve seek end to struggles

19 March 2012 04:11

Juventus travel to Fiorentina looking to break their winless run and avoid falling further behind AC Milan in the Serie A title race.

Antonio Conte's Juve are unbeaten in the league this season, but four straight draws have seen them slip four points behind league leaders Milan ahead of a trip to Stadio Artemio Franchi on Saturday.

Both Giorgio Chiellini and Martin Caceres, who were under injury clouds, are likely to be available for Conte, while star Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic could miss out.

Juve have only netted three goals in their last four matches and Conte will be hopeful his attack - led by Alessandro Matri and Mirko Vucinic - can start firing.

Failure to collect three points is likely to see Juve fall further behind AC Milan, who travel to meet Parma.

Massimiliano Allegri's side have won four of their last five league outings, with striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in fine form since returning from suspension.

The Swede leads the league with 19 goals, with four of those coming in his last two matches.

Parma have won just one of their last nine, a poor run that leaves them six points outside the bottom three.

Meanwhile, Napoli and Udinese, who are fourth and fifth respectively, do battle at Stadio Friuli.

Walter Mazzarri's Napoli, eliminated from the Champions League after a 4-1 loss to Chelsea on Wednesday, are unbeaten in seven league matches.

In other matches, Inter Milan host Atalanta at the San Siro on Sunday as they look to bounce back from their surprise Champions League round-of-16 exit at the hands of Marseille.

Claudio Ranieri's position remains a subject of scrutiny, but the Inter boss will be desperate to seal a European spot for his side next season.

In other matches, Edy Reja's Lazio travel to Catania on Sunday hoping to consolidate third spot.

Roma clash with Genoa on Monday, Bologna will be out to build on their three-match unbeaten run when they host Chievo on Sunday, while Novara visit Siena.

Strugglers Cagliari and Siena meet on Sunday, while Palermo travel to Lecce.


Serie A wrap: Juve rout Fiorentina, Milan edge Parma

18 March 2012 03:54

Juventus and AC Milan continued their battle for the Serie A title on Saturday with both sides claiming comfortable wins.

Second placed Juventus, who trail Milan by four points, dismantled 10-man Fiorentina 5-0 at the Stadio Artemio Franchi to break a run of four consecutive draws.

Mirko Vucinic opened the scoring just after a quarter of an hour, but the real turning point in the match was the dismissal of Alessio Cerci, who saw red for a petulant kick on Martin Caceres after 21 minutes.

The hosts never recovered from the numerical disadvantage, and further goals from Artuo Vidal, Claudio Marchisio, Andrea Pirlo and Simone Padoin rounded off the emphatic win for Antonio Conte's men, who ensured the gap between to the top retured to four points after Milan's earlier win over Parma.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic again provided ample inspiration for his side at the Stadio Ennio Tardini, scoring a penalty in the first half to put Milan in the driving seat, before Urby Emanuelson wrapped up the spoils just before the hour mark.

It was the hosts who looked most dangerous in the early stages, with Parma having several good chances early in the match.

But they fell behind on 17 minutes when Ibrahimovic scored from the spot after Cristian Zaccardo had blocked Emanuelson's shot with his hand.

Dutchman Emanuelson made sure of the points 10 minutes after half-time, thundering through the hosts' back line, before coolly rounding Antonio Mirante and poking the ball into an empty net.

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