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Juventus extend lead in Serie A

Associated Press logo Associated Press 17/12/2016 Daniella Matar

No one seems capable of stopping Juventus from winning an historic sixth successive Serie A after they beat second-placed Roma 1-0 to move seven points clear at the top of the table.

Once again, Gonzalo Higuain fired his side to the win, netting his fourth goal in three matches in the 14th minute.

"It wasn't a fundamental victory because the season is still long, but one which gives us conviction and which creates a little gap," Juventus goalkeeer Gianluigi Buffon said.

"It allows us to get to Christmas with the best feelings."

Since Serie A was founded in 1929, no club has won more than five straight titles.

Torino won five in a row from 1943-49 (including a season that was cancelled due to World War II), Inter Milan from 2006-10, and Juventus in 1931-35, and currently.

"We need to be really good to close the gap again," Roma coach Luciano Spalletti said.

Juventus fell to a surprise 3-1 defeat at Genoa at the end of November and Buffon believes that has sparked his side into life.

"In the last three matches, after the Genoa game, I saw a team with identity, the doggedness from before," Buffon said.

"But we must not think that the advantage in the league allows us to focus more on the Champions League. That would be a mistake. A team like Juve must never feel satisfied."

AC Milan and Atalanta drew 0-0 in an entertaining match on a foggy night at San Siro as the host's title hopes were dented further.

Third-place Milan fell to nine points behind Juventus while Atalanta remained sixth.

Empoli broke their goal drought with a rare Levan Mchedlidze brace giving them a 2-0 win over Cagliari.

The victory came after Empoli scored only seven goals in 16 Serie A matches and hadn't found the back of the net in their two previous matches.

The victory moved Empoli five points clear of the relegation zone ahead of the rest of the weekend's fixtures. Cagliari was six points better off.

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