> ANSA English > News

Soccer: Title is 'Juve's to lose' after win in Milan

Leaders move 11 points clear of second-placed Roma

03 March, 14:40
Soccer: Title is 'Juve's to lose' after win in Milan (ANSA) - Rome, March 3 - This season's Serie A title is Juventus's to lose, according to the Italian media, after the champions pulled 11 points clear of second-placed Roma with a 2-0 win at AC Milan on Sunday.

"Oscar-winning Juve," read the front-page headline of Monday's La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"The Bianconeri clean up at San Siro and fly toward the title".

Juventus have 69 points from 26 games courtesy of a goal by Spain's Fernando Llorente shortly before halftime and a thunderous 68th-minute strike from outside the box by Argentine Carlos Tevez.

They also have Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to thank for some fine saves in the first half, when Milan were on top, and Leonardo Bonucci for a goal-line clearance. Roma lost ground with a goalless draw against Inter Milan on Saturday at the capital's Stadio Olimpico, three sections of which were closed in punishment for offensive chants against Neapolitans in previous matches. The Rome club have a game in hand, but even if they win that, they will still have an eight-point deficit to make up in 12 matches. Napoli drew 1-1 at Liverno but still managed to consolidate their grip on third place, which is good for qualification for the Champions League preliminaries, as fourth-placed Fiorentina lost 1-0 at home to Lazio.

Napoli have 52 points, seven more than Fiorentina.