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Rain in Rome lets Juve extend lead

Italian champions Juventus were able to extend their lead at the top of Serie A to nine points over the weekend with a 3-1 win against rivals Internazionale at the Juventus Stadium in Turin. A goal from Swiss wide man Stephan Lichtsteiner on the quarter of an hour mark gave Juve a half time lead and they doubled their advantage just after the break when defender Giorgio Chiellini found the net. Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal sealed the victory with more than half an hour left to play before Portuguese defender Rolando notched up a consolatory strike for Inter, who are now without a win in six outings since their Derby victory against Milan back in December.

Second placed AS Roma were unable to keep up the pressure on Juventus at the top of the table due to the wet weather in the Italian capital. Their match with Parma did get under way but a heavy downpour forced it to be abandoned so Roma now have a game in hand on the other clubs around them in the table. They didn’t have to worry about anyone catching them up from behind as third placed Napoli were well beaten by Atalanta in Bergamo and fourth placed Fiorentina fell to a 1-0 defeat at Cagliari. The big movers were Verona, whose 2-1 win away at Sassuolo allowed them to jump up three places to fifth. On Monday night Sampdoria ran out winners in the Genoa derby, beating their neighbours 1-0 with a first half goal from Argentine striker Maxi Lopez.

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