Serie A wrap: Roman rivals win to keep race for second razor thin

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Juventus may’ve pretty much sewn up yet another scudetto, but the race for European places remain as strong as ever.

Derby mates Roma and Lazio are the front-runners for runner-up status, with Roma holding a one-point edge in the race for second, but Sampdoria, Napoli and Fiorentina are all within shouting distance.

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Will tbe continued European presence of Fiorentina and Napoli cost them in the fight for next season’s UEFA Champions League?

Cesena 0-1 Roma
It was harder that the visitors would’ve liked given the hosts’ status in the Serie A drop zone, but Daniele De Rossi came to the rescue for the umpteenth time. It was the hard-nosed midfielder’s second goal of the season, and kept Roma in second place.

source: Getty ImagesJuventus 1-0 Genoa
Carlos Tevez kept up his red-hot form from The Old Lady’s midweek stomping of Borussia Dortmund, scoring in the 25th minute to keep Juve’s 14-point lead of second-place Roma.

Lazio 2-0 Verona
He may be just 21 years old, but Brazilian midfielder Felipe Anderson is finding his form in a big, big way. The rumored Liverpool target scored for the ninth time since Dec. 7 and third time in two weeks to help Lazio keep pace with its Roman neighbors. The two sides meet in the second-last week of the Serie A season, and are separated by just a point.

Elsewhere
Chievo 1-0 Palermo — Alberto Paloschi scores winner in 35th minute.
Empoli 3-1 Sassuolo — Riccardo Saponara nets brace for hosts.
Sampdoria 1-0 Inter Milan — Eder’s 65th minute goal makes the difference.
AC Milan 3-1 Cagliari — Jeremy Menez scores 14th and 15th of season
Parma 0-2 Torino — Goals in both halves earn visitors W
Napoli 1-1 Atalanta — Duvan Zapata rescues Napoli point in the 89th.
Udinese 2-2 Fiorentina — Mario Gomez scores twice for Viola

Standings

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Juventus 28 20 7 1 55 14 41 12-2-0 8-5-1 67
Roma 28 14 11 3 39 21 18 7-6-1 7-5-2 53
Lazio 28 16 4 8 51 27 24 10-0-4 6-4-4 52
Sampdoria 28 12 12 4 37 28 9 7-7-0 5-5-4 48
Napoli 28 13 8 7 47 36 11 7-5-2 6-3-5 47
Fiorentina 28 12 10 6 41 31 10 5-6-2 7-4-4 46
Torino 28 10 9 9 32 30 2 5-6-3 5-3-6 39
AC Milan 28 9 11 8 41 35 6 7-4-4 2-7-4 38
Inter Milan 28 9 10 9 42 36 6 5-4-4 4-6-5 37
Genoa 27 9 10 8 37 33 4 4-5-4 5-5-4 37
Palermo 28 8 11 9 38 41 -3 7-5-2 1-6-7 35
Udinese 27 8 9 10 31 36 -5 5-5-4 3-4-6 33
Empoli 28 6 15 7 30 30 0 5-6-4 1-9-3 33
Sassuolo 28 7 11 10 34 43 -9 4-6-3 3-5-7 32
Chievo 28 8 8 12 21 30 -9 3-6-6 5-2-6 32
Verona 28 8 8 12 33 48 -15 5-3-5 3-5-7 32
Atalanta 28 5 11 12 23 38 -15 3-5-5 2-6-7 26
Cagliari 28 4 9 15 34 53 -19 2-4-8 2-5-7 21
Cesena 28 4 9 15 25 49 -24 3-6-6 1-3-9 21
Parma 26 3 3 20 21 53 -32 2-2-10 1-1-10 9