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Car with Luca Toni and Verona president attacked

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AVELLINO, Italy (AP) Italy World Cup winner Luca Toni and the president of Serie B club Hellas Verona had their car attacked while traveling to a match Saturday in the southern town of Avellino.

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Toni, who is part of Verona’s management team, says the aggressors mistook them for fans because club president Maurizio Setti was wearing a scarf with the team’s colors.

Toni tells Italy’s Sky TV that a window of the car was broken where Setti was sitting and that the president was hit by a bottle of beer.

Toni says, “At the beginning I felt protected by the presence of a group of police officers but then they turned the other way.”

Verona says in a statement that it will make a formal complaint to the authorities in the hope that an investigation is opened.

The club adds that the four people inside the car escaped serious injury.

Toni scored two goals in Italy’s run to the 2006 World Cup title. He retired at the end of last season.

Avellino won 2-0.

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

World Cup winner Luca Toni to play his final match on Sunday

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After 15 clubs and 300-plus goals, Luca Toni is calling it a career.

Saying “Verona made me once again feel like a major player,” Toni released a statement on the Hellas Verona web site.

Toni tied for the Serie A lead in goals last year at the age of 38, and has represented Palermo, Fiorentina and Bayern Munich along the way.

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He was also capped 47 times, scoring 16 goals for Italy and winning the 2006 World Cup.

Toni will play his final match at home against Juventus on Sunday. Verona has been relegated to Serie B, and finishes on the road at Palermo.

Serie A roundup: Inter cruise to stay top, but Juve making their move

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

Udinese 0-4 Inter Milan

Inter Milan’s stay atop the Serie A table will last at least two weeks more after Roberto Mancini’s side hammered Udinese on Saturday. 22-year-old Mauro Icardi, who led the league in goals scored last season, scored twice for the visitors, and Stevan Jovetic and Marcelo Brozovic added single tallies of their own for a resounding 4-0 away victory. The victory is Inter’s 11th of the league season (16 games played) and puts them four points clear of second, on 36 points.

Napoli 0-0 Roma

Currently sitting four points back of Inter is Napoli, who held nearly two-thirds of the game’s possession, but could only muster a draw at home against Roma on Sunday. Ever since they beat Inter on Nov. 30, putting themselves top of the league for the first time in 25 years, Napoli have won just one of six possible points. Roma, meanwhile, are winless in their last six games (all competitions) including their last four in the league.

Juventus 3-1 Fiorentina

Juventus, the four-time reigning Serie A champions, were always going to put together a fine run of form and quickly ascend the league table after some early-season struggles brought about by the departures of Arturo Vidal, Carlos Tevez and Andrea Pirlo. Six straight league wins would perhaps indicate that time is now. Sunday’s triumph over third-place Fiorentina was no. 6 for Massimiliano Allegri’s side. Juve went a goal down in the 3rd minute, but quickly equalized through Juan Cuadrado three minutes later. Mario Mandzukic put the home side ahead in the 80th minute and 22-year-old Paulo Dybala bagged his eighth league goal of the season in the 91st to complete the scoring.

AC Milan 1-1 Hellas Verona

A 10-man AC Milan side drew 1-1 at home against last-place Hellas Verona on Sunday. Nigel de Jong was shown a straight red card in the 56th minute, four minutes after Carlos Bacca put Milan up 1-0. 38-year-old Luca Toni converted the ensuing penalty kick to equalize and win Verona their seventh point of the season. Milan, meanwhile, sit seventh in the league, five points back of Fiorentina, who currently occupy the third and final UEFA Champions League place.

Elsewhere in Serie A

Genoa 0-1 Bologna
Palermo 4-1 Frosinone
Chievo 1-0 Atalanta
Empoli 3-0 Carpi
Sassuolo vs. Torino — PPD

Monday’s Serie A schedule

Lazio vs. Sampdoria (2:45 p.m. ET)

Serie A roundup: Napoli miss Champions League spot, Palermo stun Roma

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Week 38 of Serie A soccer has finished.

The major storyline in the the last group of matches was Rafa Benitez’s upsetting conclusion with Napoli, falling short to capture a Champions League birth before his rumored move to Real Madrid.

Napoli 2-4 Lazio: Lazio were looking good in the third-place Champions League spot prior to this match, but if Napoli were to come out victorious, a better head-to-head record would have the Little Donkeys leapfrog their opposition. In the 33rd minute, Marco Parolo made a move inside and drove a high shot that accelerated past Napoli goalkeeper Mariano Andujar. Then as half time was seconds away, Antonio Candreva, in on goal facing just Andujar, received a feed from Senad Lulic and buried the effort to give Lazio a 2-0 advantage in the first 45 minutes. Gonzalo Higuain came on fire in the second half and notched a brace, though he missed a penalty kick that could’ve drawn his squad closer. After the 80-minute mark, Ogenyi Onazi and Miroslav Klose were the final scorers to put it away.

Roma 1-2 Palermo: Even Lazio’s victory didn’t mess with AS Roma’s second-place ending, while mid-table Palermo relied on a late goal to end their season on a great note. Nicolas Spolli dampened Roma’s beginning with handball that allowed Franco Vazquez to draw first blood in the 35th minute with a PK conversion, but forward Francesco Totti applied an nicely-weighted touch to draw the game level in the 85th minute. However, Andrea Belotti made up for his missed endeavor in the 70th minute with a strong effort to bang home the game-deciding goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time. Being promoted into Italy’s top-tier for this year, Palermo’s mid-table campaign has finished well. Manager Rudi Garcia, in his second season with Roma, has guided his side to second place again.

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Inter Milan 4-3 Empoli: Mauro Icardi counted a brace in this one to become top goal scorer in Serie A alongside 38-year-old Verona striker Luca Toni. In the 53rd minute, the ex-Sampdoria striker had himself in superb position for his first goal, from an applaudable Mateo Kovacic assist, after providing the service on Rodrigo Palacio’s 49th-minute tap-in. Marcelo Brozovic found the back of the net in 70th minute and seven minutes passed before Icardi’s placed shot beat Empoli goalie Davide Bassi. The away side halved the scoreline on Levan Mchedlidze’s first–his second goal in the 88th minute–and drew level in the 62nd minute when Manuel Pucciarelli outclassed Andrea Ranocchia to alter the momentum.

Fiorentina 3-0 Chievo: Fiorentina qualified for a Europa League spot last week and saw out  a five-game winning streak with this triumph. As Napoli was downed by Lazio, the Lillies moved into fourth place at the Artemio Franchi clashing with a 10-man Chievo due to Isaac Cofie’s second booking in the 69th minute. Josip Ilicic commenced the scoring in the 12th minute from Mohamed Salah’s cross, while Federico Bernardeschi and Milan Badelj added the other two in the second half, subsequent to the decisive red card. Bernardeschi pounced on the rebound from Mati Fernandez’s seething strike, and Badelj’s left-footer was the stoppage-time sealer. Cheivo settled their season on a four-match winless stretch.

Other results from Sunday

Cagliari 4-3 Udinese

Torino 5-0 Cesena

Sampdoria 2-2 Parma

Sassuolo 3-1 Genoa

From Saturday

Verona 2-2 Juventus

Atalanta 1-3 Milan