Sunday’s Serie A round-up

Juventus maintained their three-point lead at the top of the Serie A standings after beating Atalanta 2-0 at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia on Sunday afternoon.

Goals either side of the half-time break from Andrea Barzagli (24') and Mario Lemina (86') extended Juve's unbeaten run in the league to 17 matches, with 16 of those wins, leaving La Dea down in 15th place, four points clear of the bottom-three.

Elsewhere, AC Milan saw their European challenge stumble with a 2-0 loss to 10-man Sassuolo at the Mapei Stadium, the goals coming either side of the half-time break from Alfred Duncan (27') and Nicola Sansone (71').

Gregoire Defrel received his marching orders for the hosts on 76 minutes, but they held on to claim a third successive league victory and move within three points of the sixth-placed Rossoneri.

Meanwhile, Frosinone gave their survival bid a shot in the arm as they recorded a much-needed 2-0 win over Udinese at Stadio Matusa.

The hosts made a flying start when Daniel Ciofani opened the scoring on 12 minutes and Leonardo Blanchard sealed the triumph on the hour mark to take the Canarini within a point of safety, while Stefano Colantuono's team are now just four points clear of the relegation zone in 16th spot.

Genoa gave themselves some breathing space from danger are claiming a narrow 1-0 win over Empoli at Stadio Luigi Ferraris, the vital goal coming via the boot of Luca Rigoni on 48 minutes.

The Rossoblu ended the weekend five points clear of the drop zone in 14th position, with Marco Giampaolo's team dropping to 11th after suffering their fifth straight defeat.

Bologna and Carpi saw their respective winless runs in the league continue after they played out to a goalless draw at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara.

The Rossoblu remain ninth in the standings, having drawn their last three matches by a 0-0 scoreline, while the 19th-placed Biancorossi are now winless in their last eight games.

Earlier in the day, Lazio saw their European hopes drift further away after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Torino at Stadio Olimpico.

Il Toro took the lead after just 12 minutes, with Andrea Belloti poking the ball home when visiting goalkeeper Federico Marchetti failed to hold onto Afriyie Acquah's initial shot.

The hosts wasted a golden chance to extend their lead midway through the first half as Ciro Immobile blasted his penalty over the crossbar, and they were made to pay for that miss late in the second half when Lucas Biglia scored from the spot for the Biancocelesti to earn a share of the spoils.

Stefano Pioli's side remain eighth in the standings, 10 points adrift of the European places while the Turin outfit ended the weekend in 12th position, seven points clear of the relegation zone.

Sunday's results:
Torino 1-1 Lazio
Atalanta 0-2 Juventus
Bologna 0-0 Carpi
Frosinone 2-0 Udinese
Genoa 1-0 Empoli
Sassuolo 2-0 AC Milan

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