Sunday’s Serie A round-up: Milan leave it late against Crotone

Serie A title hopefuls AC Milan had to come from behind to beat relegation-threatened Crotone 2-1 at the San Siro on Sunday.

The Rossoneri were trailing to Diego Falcinelli's 26th-minute opener, although they were level at the break thanks to an equaliser from Mario Pasalic on 41 minutes.

Gianluca Lapadula then completed the comeback win four minutes from time as Vincenzo Montella's side extended their unbeaten run to five games while maintaining the four-point gap to leaders Juventus in third spot.

Elsewhere, Roma continued their dominance in the Derby della Capitale as they ran out 2-0 victors over neighbours Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico.

Second-half goals from Kevin Strootman (64') and Radja Nainggolan (77') kept the Giallorossi in second place ahead of Milan on goal difference, with the Biancocelesti four points further adrift on 28 in fifth position.

Meanwhile, Sassuolo halted a six-game winless run in the top flight as they cruised to a 3-0 victory over Empoli at the Mapei Stadium.

A penalty apiece from Lorenzo Pellegrini (22') and Federico Ricci (36') put the hosts in the driving seat at the break, before Antonino Ragusa (53') wrapped up the three points early in the second half, which lifted the Neroverdi up to 14th place, with the Azzurri languishing just above the relegation zone after losing three in a row.

Sampdoria continued their resurgence in the league with a 2-0 success over fellow European hopefuls Torino at Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

After the first half ended goalless, the hosts took the lead early in the second half through Edgar Barreto (51') before a late goal from Patrik Schick deep into stoppage time secured the win, which leaves ninth-placed La Samp undefeated in five encounters, while Il Toro three points better off in seventh.

Relegation-threatened Pescara netted a stoppage-time equaliser to salvage a 1-1 draw against Cagliari at Stadio Adriatico.

The visitors led for most of the contest after Marco Borriello opened the scoring on 24 minutes, but the Delfini hit back at the death through Gianluca Caprari to arrest a six-match losing streak, with the stalemate taking them to within two points of safety in 18th place.

In the late game, Fiorentina bounced back from defeat last time out as they beat basement club Palermo 2-1 at Stadio Artemio Franchi.

A 33rd-minute penalty from Federico Bernardeschi ensured the hosts took a 1-0 lead into half-time, although they were quickly pegged back in the second half by Mato Jajalo's 49th-minute equaliser.

The Sicilians looked on course for a much-needed point before Khouma Babacar struck deep into stoppage time to snatch the win for La Viola.

Serie A results:

AC Milan 2-1 Crotone

Lazio 0-2 Roma

Pescara 1-1 Cagliari

Sampdoria 2-0 Torino

Sassuolo 3-0 Empoli

Fiorentina 2-1 Palermo

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