Serie A: Juventus drop points in Turin derby, need Roma loss for title

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

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Juventus 1-1 Torino

A win would have moved Juventus 12 points clear of Roma, who have four games still to play, thus meaning a single point dropped against AC Milan on Sunday would have seen Juve crowned Serie A champions for the sixth straight season. Instead, Massimiliano Allegri’s side drew 9th-place Torino at home and sit just 10 points clear of Roma, who could trim to the gap to seven points tomorrow.

Adem Ljajic put Torino ahead in the 52nd minute, a lead that would remain intact for nearly 40 minutes. Gonzalo Higuain would spoil the party in the 91st minute, though, dashing dreams of a famous derby victory for the visitors, and rescuing a point despite a poor, wasteful performance by Juve (22 shots, 5 on target).

Napoli 3-1 Cagliari

Dries Mertens celebrated his 30th birthday in style on Saturday, bagging a brace either side of halftime (2nd and 49th minutes), as Napoli topped Cagliari at home to go two points clear of Roma in the race for Italy’s second and final automatic place in the UEFA Champions League group stage.

Lorenzo Insigne made it 3-0 to the home side in the 67th minute, before Diego Farias grabbed a late consolation goal for Cagliari in the first minute of second-half stoppage time. Napoli are unbeaten in nine league games (just four points dropped in total) and have gained three points on Roma (who have lost twice and drawn once) during that run.

Sunday’s Serie A schedule

Udinese vs. Atalanta — 6:30 a.m. ET
Lazio vs. Sampdoria — 9 a.m. ET
Genoa vs. Inter Milan — 9 a.m. ET
Sassoulo vs. Fiorentina — 9 a.m. ET
Chievo vs. Palermo — 9 a.m. ET
Pescara vs. Crotone — 9 a.m. ET
Empoli vs. Bologna — 9 a.m. ET
AC Milan vs. Roma — 2:45 p.m. ET