Juve rolls over Roma to move three points clear
Turin, Italy – Juventus rolled to a 4-0 home win over Roma on Sunday to move three points clear of second-place AC Milan at the top of Serie A.
The home side wasted little time in seizing control of the game as Arturo Vidal tallied two goals in the first eight minutes to put Juve in command.
Vidal's first came in the fourth minute when he curled a shot inside left post from 14 yards before lashing a shot off the fingertips of goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg and inside the far post a few minutes later to double the advantage.
Things got even worse for Roma midway through the half when Claudio Marchisio burst into the penalty area and beat Stekelenburg to a ball. Marchisio chipped it around the 'keeper but was clipped by Stekelenburg's leg, drawing a penalty kick and earning the Dutch international a red card.
Gianluca Curci came off the bench to take his place in goal and saved the subsequent penalty kick from Andrea Pirlo, but Pirlo fired home the rebound to make it 3-0.
Marchisio added a fourth after the break from outside the penalty area to cap Juve's comfortable victory.
AC Milan 1, Bologna 1
Milan, Italy - AC Milan needed a last-minute goal from Zlatan Ibrahimovic just to salvage a 1-1 draw at the San Siro against Bologna on Sunday, a result that drops the Rossoneri three points back of leaders Juventus.
Bologna was in position to claim all three points following a first-half goal from Gaston Ramirez, while Ibrahimovic had a goal called back in the second half for offsides.
Milan defender Daniele Bonera picked up his second yellow card eight minutes from time to further hamper the home side, but Ibrahimovic helped them claim a valuable point when Bologna failed to properly clear Urby Emanuelson's cross, leaving the Swede to fire home his shot past goalkeeper Federico Agliardi.
Fiorentina 0, Inter Milan 0
Florence, Italy - Inter Milan held on for a 0-0 draw at Fiorentina on Sunday as goalkeeper Julio Cesar saved a second-half penalty kick from Adem Ljajic.
In a match that was short on scoring chances for either side, the biggest moment came in the 69th minute when Cesar brought down Fiorentina's Andrea Lazzari inside the penalty area.
Ljajic stepped forward but his effort was saved at full-stretch by Cesar, who dove to his right to keep it out.
Fiorentina is three points above the drop zone with the result while Inter sits six points back of third-place Lazio for the final Champions League place.
Cesena 2, Palermo 2
Cesena, Italy - Cesena avoided relegation for at least a few days with a 2-2 draw at home against Palermo on Sunday.
Nicolas Bertolo's goal after 20 minutes put the visitors in front, but Cesena quickly turned the match around as Mario Santana equalized from Luca Ceccarelli's cross before Vincenzo Rennella scored two minutes later from a corner kick to put Cesena into the lead.
But Palermo battled back just before halftime with a successful corner kick of its own. The ball was crossed into the area by Bertolo and Matias Silvestre got up to head it home.
Siena 4, Genoa 1
Genoa, Italy - Genoa's 4-1 defeat against Siena on Sunday was suspended for 45 minutes because of a fan disturbance as the club's loss leaves them only one point above the relegation zone.
Siena jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first 50 minutes with two goals from Franco Brienza while Mattia Destro and Luigi Giorgi netted one apiece.
The poor performance prompted a group of Genoa fans to gather near the tunnel area and threaten to invade the pitch after the fourth goal had been scored.
The fans demanded that Genoa's players give up their shirts, but when Giuseppe Sculli refused and pleaded with the supporters, they backed off and allowed play to continue.
In the end Genoa was able to claw back one goal, and it was an own goal from Siena's Cristiano Del Grosso.
Lazio 1, Lecce 1
Rome, Italy - Lecce substitute Valeri Bojinov came off the bench to net a last- minute equalizer as his side moved to within one point of safety with a 1-1 draw at Lazio.
The result leaves Lazio three points clear of fourth-place Udinese for the final Champions League spot with five games to play.
Lazio nearly took the lead in the first half when an attempted cross from Antonio Candreva caught goalkeeper Massimiliano Benassi off guard and struck the woodwork.
Lecce then came within inches of the lead early in the second half when Juan Cuadrado's volley came back off the crossbar.
The home side took the lead eight minutes from time when Francesco Matuzalem headed home Lionel Scaloni's cross, but Bojinov took advantage of a failed clearance by the Lazio defense to beat goalkeeper Federico Marchetti from 12 yards.