Juve topples Atalanta to extend lead

Juventus finished off the first half of the 0 win at Atalanta on Saturday, moving the club four points clear at the top of Serie A midway through the season.

Second-half goals from Stephan Lichtsteiner and Emanuele Giaccherini allowed Juve to finish the first half of the season unbeaten, while Atalanta has dropped its last three matches to sit five points clear of the drop zone.

The visitors generated the better of the chances in the first half and were unlucky not to take the lead as Andrea Barzagli hit the post in the 11th minute from inside the penalty area, while Arturo Vidal beat goalkeeper Andrea Consigli with a shot from 25 yards but saw his effort come back off the crossbar.

However, the opener arrived in the 54th minute when a left-wing cross from Andrea Pirlo picked out Lichtsteiner at the back post, where he turned a header past Consigli from eight yards.

Atalanta didn't offer a lot in attack but it wasn't until the 82nd minute that the points were safe.

Luca Marrone chipped a ball into the box from the edge of the penalty area that sailed into the path of a cutting Giaccherini, who expertly fired home a first-time volley that gave Consigli no chance.

Roma 5, Cesena 1

Rome, Italy - A pair of early goals from Francesco Totti put Roma well on its way to a comfortable 5-1 win over Cesena on Saturday, giving the capital club its fourth successive victory.

Totti netted the opening goal in the first minute of the match before volleying home the ball from close range to double the lead.

Fabio Borini made it 3-0 inside of 10 minutes with his second goal of the season, while Citadin Eder pulled a goal back for Cesena in the 58th minute.

Juan restored Roma's three-goal advantage a few minutes later and Miralem Pjanic capped the scoring 20 minutes from time, dealing Cesena its fourth loss in five games and keeping the club three points from safety.