Serie A round-up: Juventus on verge of title after Inter draw against Fiorentina – Daily Mail

Juventus can win the Serie A title TONIGHT against Udinese with just one more victory … after Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan are held to a goalless draw by Fiorentina

  • Inter twice hit the post but was held to a 0-0 draw by Fiorentina on Wednesday
  • The result means that rival Juventus can clinch the trophy on Thursday night
  • Brescia were relegated from Serie A following a 3-1 defeat against Lecce

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Juventus need just one more win to secure a record-extending ninth straight Serie A title after Inter Milan were held to a 0-0 draw by Fiorentina.

Inter Milan twice hit the post but was held to a 0-0 draw by Fiorentina on Wednesday, meaning that rival Juventus can clinch the trophy on Thursday night.

If Juventus wins at Udinese, it will move nine points clear of Atalanta with three rounds remaining – and the Bianconeri hold the tiebreaker over the Bergamo side due to a better head-to-head record.

Third-placed Inter Milan were held to a 0-0 draw by Fiorentina on Wednesday night

Inter is third, one point behind Atalanta, and remains in the running for second place.

‘Second place has no meaning for me,’ said Inter coach Antonio Conte, who managed Juventus to the first three titles of its streak. ‘It just means you’re atop the losers’ list.’

Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez each hit the woodwork for Inter, who also had a goal ruled out off for offside.

‘We played a solid match but you’ve got to score goals,’ Conte said. ‘We’re lacking the killer instinct.’

Inter striker Romelu Lukaku went close with a header which crashed against the crossbar

Brescia were relegated  from Serie A following a 3-1 defeat which keeps alive Lecce’s own outside hopes of survival.

The future of last season’s Serie B champions, who are run by former Leeds owner Massimo Cellino, had looked bleak for some time.

Their fate was left hanging by a thread following a first-half brace from Lecce striker Gianluca Lapadula.

Daniele Dessena pulled one back but, on the night Cellino’s old club were lifting the Sky Bet Championship title at Elland Road, Riccardo Saponara put the result beyond doubt to condemn the visitors to an immediate return to the second tier.

Alexis Sanchez also hit the woodwork as Inter were frustrated at the San Siro stadium

Lecce, who were promoted behind Brescia last term, picked up only a second win from 11 fixtures but they remain four points from safety with just three games to go after 17th-placed Genoa beat fierce rivals Sampdoria 2-1.

Denmark midfielder Lukas Lerager claimed a 72nd-minute winner in the Derby della Lanterna at Stadio Luigi Ferraris after having an earlier effort disallowed by VAR.

Genoa, Italy’s oldest professional football club, had led through Domenico Criscito’s 22nd-minute penalty before former Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini levelled before the break. 

Roma climbed to fifth on the back of a thumping 6-1 success at relegated SPAL.

Goals from Nikola Kalinic and Carles Perez, either side of Alberto Cerri’s leveller for the division’s bottom club, put Paulo Fonseca’s men on course to extend their unbeaten run to five games.

Aleksandar Kolarov, a double from Bruno Peres and substitute Nicolo Zaniolo completed an emphatic scoreline.

Coppa Italia winners Napoli remain seventh after a 2-1 loss at Parma in a game of three penalties.

Midfielder Dejan Kulusevski claimed the hosts’ 87th-minute winner from 12 yards after spot-kicks from Parma’s Gianluca Caprari and Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne cancelled each other out.

Elsewhere, Simone Zaza earned Torino a 1-1 draw with Verona by equalising following a penalty from former Liverpool and Sunderland player Fabio Borini.

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