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Milan, Juventus win to stay joint top of Serie A

Milan, Juventus win to stay joint top of Serie A

AC Milan struggled to a 2-0 victory at Atalanta on Sunday to remain joint top of the Serie A table with Juventus, which won 1-0 at lowly Lecce.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic converted from the spot after Milan was awarded a dubious penalty in the 22nd minute and Kevin Prince Boateng sealed the result eight minutes from time.
Milan was made to sweat before Boateng's goal, with the league's top scorer German Denis hitting the post for Atalanta.
Massimiliano Allegri's side is level on 37 points with Juventus, which ground out a 1-0 win at rock-bottom Lecce, courtesy of substitute Alessandro Matri's 27th minute header.
Udinese is two points further back after a 4-1 victory over 10-man Cesena.
Elsewhere, Pasquale Marino's time in charge of Genoa got off to a dreadful start as he saw his new side lose 3-0 at Cagliari.
Milan took the lead when Alexandre Pato took a tumble in the box amid a crowd of players and the referee pointed to the spot. Ibrahimovic had scored all five of his previous penalties this season and he converted number six with a low shot into the left corner.
Atalanta almost got back into the game early in the second half but Denis saw his close-range effort crash back off the right post.
And Milan sealed the match when Ibrahimovic threaded a ball through to Boateng who lashed in an effort under the crossbar.
Juventus is level with Milan after also struggling to pick up all three points at Lecce.
Matri had only come off the bench four minutes earlier but he was on hand to head home the only goal of the game after Lecce goalkeeper Massimiliano Benassi parried Mirko Vucinic's shot.
Unsung Udinese remain very much in touch with the leaders. It got off to a perfect start when Antonio Di Natale opened the scoring with less than a minute on the clock.
However, chances were few and far between after that in a dull first half, until Eder leveled six minutes before the break.
Udinese reclaimed the lead nine minutes after the break. Kwadwo Asamoah collected Pablo Armero's pass and took a swift look up before firing a shot under the goalkeeper and into the far corner.
Cesena's hopes of getting back into the game evaporated on the hour mark when Maurizio Lauro was handed a second yellow card and dismissed.
Dusan Basta extended Udinese's lead in stunning fashion in the 75th minute with a perfect lobbed shot into the far corner from the edge of the area, and Di Natale scored his 12th goal of the season shortly afterward to seal the result.
Edinson Cavani scored against his former club to help Napoli to a 3-1 win at Palermo. Goran Pandev opened the scoring in the 35th minute and Cavani pounced 10 minutes after the interval. The Argentinian, who spent three years at Palermo before joining Napoli in 2010, did not celebrate his fantastic curling effort, although he was rewarded with applause by the home fans.
Marek Hamsik added the third five minutes later. Fabrizio Miccoli grabbed a consolation for Palermo three minutes from time.
Bologna is now six points clear of the drop zone after beating 10-man Catania 2-0.
Nicolo Cherubin scored five minutes into the second half and captain Marco Di Vaio doubled Bologna's lead in stoppage time. Catania captain Marco Biagianti was dismissed in the 77th minute for a second yellow card.
Marino replaced Alberto Malesani on the Genoa bench at the start of the break but has not yet managed to turn things around.
Joaquin Larrivey fired Cagliari in front in the 13th minute from the spot and Victor Ibarbo doubled its lead after the break before Genoa fell apart as defender Emiliano Moretti was dismissed in the 66th minute and Andreas Granqvist turned the ball into his own net six minutes later.
Elsewhere, Roma captain Francesco Totti scored two penalties to help his side to a 2-0 win over Chievo Verona.
Stevan Jovetic also scored twice _ including once from the spot _ as Fiorentina beat struggling Novara 3-0. Riccardo Montolivo grabbed the Tuscan side's other goal.


Updated : 2021-06-17 09:24 GMT+08:00