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Juventus close in on Serie A title, record points total

AFP, ROME

Juventus’ French midfielder Paul Pogba celebrates after scoring during their Serie A match against Bologna in Turin, Italy, on Saturday.

Photo: EPA

Juventus remain on course for a record-breaking points haul as they closed in on the Serie A title with a 1-0 win over struggling Bologna on Saturday.

A 64th-minute goal from French starlet Paul Pogba was enough to give the Turin giants all three points and take them to 90 for the season.

With four matches remaining and having lost only twice in the league all season, Juventus can reasonably expect to become the first club to break the 100-points barrier.

The win also moved them eight points clear of their only remaining title rivals, AS Roma, who won 1-0 at ACF Fiorentina.

That was enough for Roma to secure second place and automatic qualification for the Champions League, as third-place SSC Napoli could only manage a 1-1 draw away at Udinese.

“We are certain of second place as well as a spot in the Champions League, but we still believe we can get first place in the table,” Roma coach Rudi Garcia said.

However, Napoli’s hold on the last Champions League spot is not yet under serious threat, despite Inter’s 2-0 away win over Parma.

Torino striker Ciro Immobile enhanced his claim for a place in Italy’s World Cup squad with his 20th goal of the season, but his last-minute effort was not enough for the win as Lazio grabbed a point with the last kick of the game in the Olympic Stadium to secure a 3-3 draw.

Hellas Verona striker Luca Toni pressed his own claim for a place in the World Cup squad with the winner against Atalanta BC, in Bergamo, in a 2-1 victory, which took the much-traveled 37-year-old’s tally for the season to 18.

Other results:

‧ AC Milan 3, AS Livorno 0

‧ Catania 2, Sampdoria 1

‧ Chievo 0, US Sassuolo 1

‧ Genoa 1, Cagliari 2

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