MILAN – Gonzalo Higuain scored two first-half goals to give Juventus a 2-0 win at bottom club Pescara, which took them eight points clear at the top of Serie A on Saturday and closer to a sixth successive title.
Juventus were given a helping hand by Atalanta, who held second-placed AS Roma to a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Olimpico, adding to an unhappy spell for the hosts, who have recently been knocked out of the Europa League and Italian Cup.
Cristian Zapata scored with the last kick of the game as AC Milan hit back from two goals behind to draw 2-2 with Inter in the derby, although only Europa League places were at stake for the two struggling giants.
The visitors played for more than an hour with 10 men after Erick Pulgar was sent off.
Juventus have 80 points, with Roma on 72 and
Higuain turned in Juan Cuadrado’s cross to give Juventus a 23rd-minute lead at
Atalanta took a first-half lead at Roma with Jasmin Kurtic’s volley before Mohamed Salah laid the ball off for Edin Dzeko to level soon after the interval with his 25th goal of the season.
Daniele De Rossi, with a bicycle kick, and Radja Nainggolan both hit the woodwork as Roma pressed desperately for a winner.
Midfielder Allan bullied Ali Adnan off the ball before rifling in the second in the 63rd minute, just after Duvan Zapata hit the post for Udinese, and Jose Callejon added the third.
In the first
Alessio Romagnoli reduced the arrears after 83 minutes as
Fourth-placed Lazio twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at