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Juventus beat Atalanta to extend lead in Serie A

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ROME, Dec. 16 — Juventus thrashed 10-man Atalanta 3-0 to extend their lead in Serie A to seven points on Sunday.

The home side went ahead through Mirko Vucinic in the second minute, and then Andrea Pirlo and Claudio Marchisio added further goals within the first half hour.

To add to the visitors’ woes, Thomas Manfredini was then shown a red card, and Juve continued to attack but could not add to their first-half salvo.

With the win Juventus enlarged their lead over second-placed Inter to seven points, and their head coach Antonio Conte warned his players against any complacency.

“The season isn’t over yet. We’re still going and it’s never simple to confirm a victory a year later. We try to prove ourselves through good football and organisation. At the end of the day we’ll see where we are,” he said.

AC Milan’s revival still maintains momentum as they claimed a fourth consecutive victory after beating the struggling Pescara 4-1.

The Delfini, who have now lost five games from six, might have salvaged a point if they had not contributed two own-goals to Milan’s bid for a Champions League place.

AC Milan head coach Massimiliano Allegri urge his side to carry on their good form in order to catch up with the leading teams.

“We must continue working, because we are trying to do our best and are still quite a few points off the top,” he said.

A late goal from Sergio Pellissier earned Chievo a third successive victory in Serie A and ended Roma’s own run of four wins on the trot.

A draw seemed the most likely outcome at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi, but Pellissier struck three minutes from time to ensure the points would stay in Verona.

The result sees Roma lose ground at the top while Chievo continue to head the right way up the standings.

Fiorentina moved into the top five of Serie A with a comfortable 4-1 win over local rivals Siena in an one-sided Tuscan derby.

Parma survived an early scare before three second-half goals ensured their proud unbeaten home record in Serie A remained firmly intact against Cagliari in a match that finished 4-1.

Catania registered back-to-back Serie A wins for the first time this season by coming from behind to beat Sampdoria 3-1.



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