Roma thumped by Catania to hand Juve third straight title
Catania, Italy (SportsNetwork.com) - Mariano Izco netted a pair of first-half goals as Catania cruised to a 4-1 thrashing of AS Roma on Sunday at Stadio Angelo Massimino, handing Juventus its third straight Scudetto in the process.
Roma entered the match eight points behind first-place Juventus with three games to play, but Sunday's defeat to Catania, a club in the bottom three, allows Juventus to celebrate a day early.
The Old Lady could have clinched the title with a victory over Atalanta on Monday, but Roma's defeat makes that game inconsequential in the title race, as it is now impossible for Roma to catch Juve.
For Juventus, it is the 30th Scudetto win in club history, more than any other Italian club.
Izco opened the scoring for Catania in the 26th minute and he quickly completed a brace in the 34th for a 2-0 lead.
But Roma pulled one back three minutes later through a goal from Francesco Totti.
Catania continued to surge forward in the second half as Gonzalo Bergessio struck in the 55th minute and Pablo Barrientos completed the rout with a tally in the 79th minute.
The result sees Catania improve to 26 points with two matches to play. The club's survival hopes remain intact as it is three points from safety. Roma remain in second place on 85 points.
Nigel De Jong's 65th-minute tally held up as the winner at the San Siro as AC Milan claimed a 1-0 victory over Inter Milan in the latest edition of the Milan derby.
Also in Serie A on Sunday, Torino came away with a 1-0 victory over Chievo via a 54th-minute own goal by Gennaro Sardo, while Antonio Cassano and Ezequiel Schelotto struck in a 2-0 victory for Parma over Sampdoria.
Antonio Di Natale and Paulo Betanin both scored braces for their sides as Udinese earned a thrilling 5-3 victory over Livorno at the Stadio Friuli.
Betanin opened the scoring for Livorno in the 13th minute but it was canceled out by a goal from Di Natale six minutes later. Udinese took the lead in the 21st via a Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu tally but Betanin equalized again to make it 2-2 in the 29th.
Roberto Pereyra, Gabriel and Di Natale then netted three straight to hand the hosts a comfortable 5-2 lead at the intermission. Djamel Mesbah pulled a second goal back two minutes from time, but Udinese held on for the points.
Sunday's final Serie A fixture saw Genoa and Bologna play to a scoreless draw.