Serie A - Juventus hold Fiorentina to draw

Sun, 17 Apr 15:57:00 2011

Juventus were left facing a second successive season without Champions League football after they were held 0-0 by Fiorentina while rivals Lazio thrashed Catania 4-1 away.

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The two results left Juventus eight points adrift of Lazio whose win made sure they would finish the weekend in fourth place, the last Champions League qualifying round berth.

Both teams have five matches left and Juventus, seventh with 52 points, will now have to concentrate on finishing fifth or sixth to qualify at least for the Europa League.

Cesena moved out of the relegation places with a 1-0 win over bottom club Bari, sending Sampdoria, who were thrashed 3-0 by leaders Milan Saturday, into the danger zone in their place.

Juve's match at Fiorentina was a dour affair with only a brief flurry of action at the start of the second half, following Alessandro del Piero's introduction for the visitors, interrupting the tedium.

Brazilian midfielder Hernanes gave Lazio the lead at Catania five minutes before halftime following a headed pass from Stefano Mauri.

Matias Schelotto levelled immediately after the break but Mauri put Lazio back ahead in the 56th minute before late goals from Sergio Floccari and Argentine Mauro Zarate completed an impressive win for the visitors.

Albania striker Erjon Bogdani scored early in the second half to give Cesena an important win and lift them to 17th place, one above the danger zone, with 34 points, two more than Sampdoria. Bari stayed rooted to the bottom of the table with 21 points and look doomed.

Brescia, in 19th place, went down 3-0 at midtable Genoa to stay on 30 points.

Lecce boosted their survival hopes when Fabiano and Daniele Corvia scored in the last three minutes to snatch a 3-3 draw at home to Calgiari, who had led with two goals from Robert Acquafresca and one from Daniele Conti. Algerian Djamel Mesbah scored Lecce's other goal early in the second half.

The point left Lecce 16th with 35 points.


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