Serie A roundup: Napoli, Roma neck-and-neck to finish 2nd behind Juve

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A roundup of the weekend’s action in Italy’s top flight…

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Hellas Verona 2-1 Juventus

Juventus are already champions, for a fifth straight season, so it’s understandable they’d drop points down the stretch with not a single tangible target to strive for. That said, Saturday’s loss away to Verona means that Juve’s 26-game unbeaten streak in league play (25 wins) is no more.

Massimiliano Allegri opted for a less-than-full-strength lineup in this one, and the reality of Juve’s performance was as such. Through 92 minutes, the champions trailed 2-0. Paulo Dybala grabbed a late consolation goal, his 17th league goal of the season (to go with 8 assists), from the penalty spot. Luca Toni, who’ll retire at the end of this season, scored the opener for Verona (below video), followed by Federico Viviani’s eventual winner 10 minutes after halftime.

Torino 1-2 Napoli

Mathematically unable to catch Juve for the title, Napoli and Roma are left to duke it out for second place and the accompanying automatic qualification into next season’s UEFA Champions League group stage. The third-place finisher will head to the qualification playoff in August.

Napoli have the inside track, in form of the two-point advantage they carried into the weekend and the two-point advantage they carry out of the weekend following a 2-1 away victory over Torino. Gonzalo Higuain bagged his third goal in two games since returning from suspension, giving himself 33 in 34 league games this season, and Jose Callejon scored the eventual winner in the 20th minute.

Roma 3-0 Chievo

Chasers Roma made easy work of ninth-place Chievo, thanks to first-half goals scored by Radja Nainggolan and Antonio Rudiger, followed by a late clincher from Miralem Pjanic. Still, Roma have much work to do themselves and help for which to hope from elsewhere in the final day, if they’re to leapfrog Napoli for the first runners-up spot.

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Juventus 37 28 4 5 70 20 50 15-2-1 13-2-4 88
Napoli 37 24 7 6 76 32 44 15-3-0 9-4-6 79
Roma 37 22 11 4 80 40 40 13-5-1 9-6-3 77
Inter Milan 37 20 7 10 49 35 14 13-2-4 7-5-6 67
Fiorentina 37 17 10 10 56 40 16 11-5-3 6-5-7 61
Sassuolo 37 15 13 9 46 39 7 7-8-3 8-5-6 58
AC Milan 37 15 12 10 48 40 8 9-6-3 6-6-7 57

Elsewhere in Serie A

Inter Milan 2-1 Empoli
Fiorentina 0-0 Palermo
Bologna 0-1 AC Milan
Carpi 1-3 Lazio
Sampdora 0-3 Genoa
Frosinone 0-1 Sassuolo
Atalanta 1-1 Udinese