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Juventus edge Fiorentina in Serie A

Associated Press Associated Press 24/04/2016

Gianluigi Buffon saved a late penalty and Juventus took a big step toward a fifth consecutive Serie A title with a 2-1 win at Fiorentina.

If Napoli fail to win at Roma on Monday, Juventus will have sealed the Italian league championship with three matches to spare.

If Napoli win, Juventus needs only one more point to seal it.

Substitute Alvaro Morata scored the winner, seconds after Nikola Kalinic had equalized for Fiorentina late in the second half.

Buffon then stopped Kalinic's spot kick in the 90th.

"We're not cheering for anyone," Morata said of Monday's game.

"If we win (the league), it's because we deserve to."

His winner came on a rebound after Milan Badelj cleared off the line.

"We won also thanks to Buffon, who is superhuman," Morata said.

Mario Mandzukic put Juve ahead with a volley in the first half after being set up by Sami Khedira and Paul Pogba.

Kalinic earned a penalty for a debatable foul by Juan Cuadrado and had his poor spot kick blocked by Buffon, who at 38 is having one of his best seasons.

Last month, Buffon broke a 22-year-old Serie A record by not conceding a goal for 974 consecutive minutes.

Juventus moved 12 points clear of Napoli, while Fiorentina remained fifth.

Earlier, Palermo won 2-0 at Frosinone to boost their chances of avoiding relegation in a turbulent season featuring nine coaching changes.

In 18th place, Palermo are level with 17th-placed Carpi on points ahead of Carpi's match against Empoli on Monday.

Seventh-placed Sassuolo moved within one point of Milan with a 3-1 win at Torino while Verona remained one position behind Sassuolo despite a 1-0 loss to 10-man Atalanta.

Lazio sit ninth after a 2-1 loss at Sampdoria while Bologna beat Genoa 2-0.

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