Serie A roundup: Juve beat 2nd-place Roma, go 7 points clear

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A roundup of Saturday’s action in Italy’s top flight…

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Juventus 1-0 Roma

The calendar says it’s mid-December once again, which means it’s just about time for Juve to all but wrap up the Serie A title and flick the cruise-control switch for the rest of the season. Ahead of Saturday’s clash with second-place Roma, their lead was a manageable four points. After Gonzalo Higuain scored his 10th league goal of the season, 15 minutes into proceedings at Juventus Stadium, the gap had grown to seven points with just two games remaining before the halfway point of the campaign.

AC Milan 0-0 Atalanta

With Roma dropping all three points, Milan would have moved back to level with the Romans on points, after losing the two sides’ head-to-head battle on Monday, with a victory over sixth-place Atalanta. It wasn’t to be for Vincenzo Montella’s side, as 59 percent of the game’s possession was converted into just 11 shots (3 on target), having bested in both statistical categories (14 and 4). Milan will finish the weekend in fifth if both Napoli and Lazio, who presently sit on 31 points, win on Sunday.

Elsewhere in Serie A

Empoli 2-0 Cagliari

Sunday’s Serie A schedule

Sassuolo vs. Inter Milan — 6:30 a.m. ET
Napoli vs. Torino — 9 a.m. ET
Udinese vs. Crotone — 9 a.m. ET
Chievo vs. Sampdoria — 9 a.m. ET
Pescara vs. Bologna — 9 a.m. ET
Lazio vs. Fiorentina — 2:45 p.m. ET
Genoa vs. Palermo — 2:45 p.m. ET