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Juventus edge closer to Serie A title

Press Association logoPress Association 15/04/2017

Gonzalo Higuain scored two first-half goals to give Juventus a 2-0 win at bottom club Pescara which took them eight points clear at the top of Serie A and closer to a sixth successive title.

Juventus were given a helping hand by Atalanta who held second-placed AS Roma to a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Olimpico, adding to an unhappy spell for the hosts who have recently been knocked out of the Europa League and Italian Cup.

Third-placed Napoli edged to within two points of Roma with a 3-0 win at home to Udinese.

Cristian Zapata scored with the last kick of the game as AC Milan hit back from two goals behind to draw 2-2 with Inter in the derby, although only Europa League places were at stake for the two struggling giants.

Palermo drew 0-0 at home to Bologna, ending a run of five successive defeats, as Diego Bortoluzzi began his reign as their fifth coach of the season.

The visitors played for more than an hour with 10 men after Erick Pulgar was sent off.

Juventus have 80 points with Roma on 72 and Napoli 70. Milan stayed sixth, the last of the Europa League spots, and two points clear of seventh-placed Inter.

Higuain turned in Juan Cuadrado's cross to give Juventus a 23rd-minute lead at Pescara and he slid in the second just before halftime after Mario Mandzukic knocked the ball into his path.

Atalanta took a first-half lead at Roma with Jasmin Kurtic's volley before Mohamed Salah laid the ball off for Edin Dzeko to level soon after the interval with his 25th goal of the season.

Daniele De Rossi, with a bicycle kick, and Radja Nainggolan both hit the woodwork as Roma pressed desperately for a winner.

"It's not the time to throw the toys out of the pram, nor is it a great situation because we've gone out of two cups," said Roma coach Luciano Spalletti.

"If you have the quality, ultimately someone has to take responsibility."

"Every now and again, we go into our shells and become overwhelmed by doubt, which is what happened in the first half."

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