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Sunday 21 January 2018

Roma take massive step towards title

ROMA moved top of Serie A for the first time since 2007 with a crucial victory in their bid for the title.

After being held 2-2 at Fiorentina Saturday night, Inter Milan found themselves overtaken at the top of the standings as the Giallorossi beat Atalanta 2-1 at the Stadio Olimpico to move a point clear.

Mirko Vucinic put the hosts in front after 12 minutes before Marco Cassetti doubled the advantage. Atalanta striker Simone Tiribocchi reduced arrears in the 53rd minute but Roma held on for a crucial win.

The result puts Roma in pole position with five games remaining while Atalanta remain 18th, four points adrift of safety.

AC Milan’s title challenge faltered once again yesterday. The Rossoneri drew 2-2 with Catania after falling 2-0 behind before half-time.

Gaston Maxi Lopez, after 12 minutes, and Adrian Ricchiuti (43) put the visitors in front, but Marco Borriello netted after 47 and 80 minutes to claim a point. Leonardo’s side are four points behind Roma and three adrift of city rivals Inter.

Palermo remain on course for the coveted fourth-placed finish and a place in next season’s Champions League after a 3-1 defeat of Chievo Verona.

Marcos put the visitors in front after 18 minutes, but Javier Pastore equalised 10 minutes later and Fabrizio

Miccoli scored twice, the first from the penalty spot, to seal victory for Palermo.

Juventus are fifth, three points behind Palermo, after a 1-0 win over Cagliari, courtesy of Giorgio Chiellini’s first-half strike.

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