Juventus within touching distance of title

Juventus moved a step closer to claiming their fifth straight Serie A title after cruising to a 4-0 win over strugglers Palermo at Renzo Barbera on Sunday.

The hosts got off to a flying start when Sami Khedira opened the scoring on 10 minutes, but they had to wait until after the break to wrap with victory, with Paul Pogba (71′), Juan Cuadrado (74′) and Simone Padoin (89′) adding to the scoreline.

Juve made it seven wins on the spin to pull nine points clear at the top of the table, after second-placed Napoli lost 2-0 to Internazionale on Saturday. The Rosanero, meanwhile, remain three points adrift of safety in 19th spot following a third straight defeat.

Elsewhere, Francesco Totti bagged a late equaliser for Roma to rescue a 3-3 draw against Atalanta at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia, which dented their hopes of automatic qualification for the Champions League.

The visitors were two-up before the half-hour mark, courtesy of Lucas Digne (23′) and Radja Nainggolan (27′), but La Dea hit back quickly through Marco D’Alessandro (33′) and Marco Borriello (37′) to go into the half-time break at level pegging.

Borriello then gave the hosts the lead five minutes into the second half, but Totti would deny them at the death as he struck from just inside the area with five minutes remaining to clinch a share of the spoils for the third-placed Giallorossi, who trail the Partenopei by five points.

Meanwhile, AC Milan returned to winning ways in the league as Carlos Bacca’s 72nd-minute goal secured a narrow 1-0 success over Sampdoria at Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

The sixth-placed Rossoneri halted a five-match winless run to remain seven points adrift of Fiorentina in fifth while Samp are down in 15th spot, six point clear of the relegation zone.

Fiorentina kept their slim Champions league hopes alive as they got back on the winning trail with 3-1 victory over Sassuolo at Stadio Artemio Franchi.

Gonzalo Rodriguez’s 10th-minute opener gave La Viola the lead at half-time, but Domenico Berardi drew the visitors level 10 minutes into the second half, before Josip Ilicic put the hosts back in front two minutes later.

An own-goal from Andrea Consigli seven minutes from time made sure of the three points for Paulo Sousa’s side, who closed to within six points of the top-three, as the Neroverdi dropped to eighth following back-to-back defeats.

New Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi won the first home game of his tenure as his side recorded a comfortable 2-0 triumph over Empoli at Stadio Olimpico.

Antonio Candreva fired the hosts in front from the penalty spot after just six minutes and Ogenyi Onazi doubled their lead just before half-time to make it two victories on the trot for the seventh-placed Biancocelesti.

Frosinone gave their survival hopes a major shot in the arm with a 2-1 win over rock-bottom Verona at Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi.

The game looked to be heading for a 1-1 draw after Matteo Bianchetti (64′) had cancelled out Adriano Russo’s 15th-minute opener for the visitors, but Alessandro Frara popped up at the death to snatch victory for the Canarini, who closed to within a point of safety in 18th position and eight points clear of the Gialloblu.

Udinese and Chievo could not be separated after their clash at the Dacia Arena ended in a goalless draw.

Sunday’s results:

Atalanta 3-3 Roma

Udinese 0-0 Chievo

Verona 1-2 Frosinone

Juventus 4-0 Palermo

Fiorentina 3-1 Sassuolo

Lazio 2-0 Empoli

Sampdoria 0-1 AC Milan

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