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Roma loss hands Juventus Serie a title

English.news.cn   2014-05-05 11:03:17

ROME, May 4 (Xinhua) -- Roma surprisingly lost at Catania 4-1 on Sunday to hand the Serie A title to Juventus.

With only two rounds left in Serie A this season, the loss means Rudi Garcia's second-placed Roma can not overcome their eight-point gap with Juventus, who are to play with Atalanta at home on Monday.

Mariano Izco scored a brace for the hosts before Francesco Totti pulled one in the first half.

Gonzalo Bergessio and Pablo Barrientos then scored apiece after break to seal Roma's fate, while lifting Catania, who for the majority of their dismal campaign, were rooted to the bottom of the table, to within three points of safety.

AC Milan joined the race for the final Europa League berth after they beat cross-city rivals Inter 1-0.

Nigel de Jong headed in a pass from Mario Balotelli in the 65th minute to award the win to Milan, who climbed to eighth place.

Livorno were now at the bottom of the table after suffering a 5-3 loss at Udinese.

Parma's hope of playing European football next season was revived after a 2-0 home victory over Sampdoria snapped a two-game losing streak.

Gennaro Sardo's own goal handed Torino a narrow 1-0 victory at 10-man Chievo to move the Granata closer to Europa League football next season.

Bologna earned a valuable point in their battle to avoid the drop with a 0-0 draw at Genoa.

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