International Soccer - Italy
                   === Ten-man Milan held to draw by Roma ===
 Milan,  Italy  (Sports Network) -  AC Milan could  have clinched the third and
 final  Champions League spot on Sunday, but the club was held to a 0-0 draw by
 Roma, leaving third place up in the air until the final day of the season.
 Fiorentina's  win over  Palermo earlier in the day reduced the Viola's deficit
 to  one point, and  Milan was only able to come away with a draw from Sunday's
 match after having Sulley Muntari sent off in the 41st minute.
 Roma created the better of the chances over the course of the contest, but the
 match  was overshadowed  by another incident of racist abuse and a bizarre red
 card for Muntari.
 Milan  striker  Mario Balotelli  was the  target of  racist chanting from Roma
 supporters, and the match was briefly halted.
 The visitors were having the better of the play and things were made worse for
 Milan  in the 41st  minute when Muntari was sent off for attempting to prevent
 the referee from issuing a yellow card to Balotelli for a poor challenge.
 Roma  was unable to  take advantage of the red card, however, and the visitors
 finished  the match  with 10  players  after Francesco  Totti elbowed  Milan's
 Philippe Mexes in stoppage time.
 Milan can now clinch third place with a win at Siena next Sunday.
 Chievo 1, Torino 1
 Verona, Italy - Torino secured its place in Serie A for next season by earning
 a 1-1 draw at Chievo on Sunday.
 The  home side  went ahead after 10  minutes when Cyril Thereau finished off a
 pass at close range from Felipe Seymour.
 But  Torino responded  within nine minutes as Angelo Ogbonna was fouled inside
 the  penalty  area by Chievo's Dario  Dainelli, allowing Alessio Cerci to fire
 home the subsequent penalty kick.
 Chievo  goalkeeper Christian Puggioni helped his team hang on for a point with
 a pair of fine saves in the second half on Cerci and Matteo Brighi.
 Fiorentina 1, Palermo 0
 Florence, Italy - Palermo was relegated from Serie A on Sunday following a 1-0
 defeat to Fiorentina at the Artemio Franchi.
 Luca Toni netted the lone goal in the 41st minute when he got on the other end
 of a low cross from Juan Cuadrado to slide the ball home.
 Palermo  came  within inches  of an equalizer  in the final  10 minutes, but a
 header from Ezequiel Munoz narrowly sailed past the post.
 The   result  leaves  Palermo  five  points  behind  17th-place  Genoa,  while
 Fiorentina is within two points of the Rossoneri.
 Genoa 0, Inter Milan 0
 Genoa,  Italy  - Genoa  assured itself  of a spot  in the  top flight for next
 season  after  earning a  0-0 draw  against Inter Milan  at the Luigi Ferraris
 Stadium on Sunday.
 The  point  earned  against  Inter,  combined with  Palermo's  1-0  defeat  at
 Fiorentina,  leaves Genoa safe for another season, although the home side very
 easily could have snatched all three points.
 Inter  goalkeeper Samir  Handanovic produced a pair of fine stops in the first
 half  to keep his side level, while Inter's lone chance of note arrived in the
 second half when Tommaso Rocchi struck the crossbar.
 The  result snaps  a three-match  losing streak  for Inter,  but the  club has
 managed to claim just four points from its last seven games.
 Lazio 2, Sampdoria 0
 Rome,  Italy - Lazio's push for a Europa League place continued on Sunday with
 a 2-0 home win against Sampdoria.
 Miroslav  Klose  had a hand in  the first goal  after 10 minutes when his shot
 struck  the leg of Sergio Floccari and redirected into the net, while Floccari
 nearly doubled his tally midway through the half after being set up by Klose.
 Mauro  Icardi  struck the crossbar for  Sampdoria as the visitors searched for
 the equalizer, but the match was put to rest in stoppage time when Sampdoria's
 Daniele Gastadello fouled Ogenyi Onazi inside the penalty area.
 Antonio Candreva converted the spot kick, and Lazio will enter the final match
 of the season two points back of Udinese for fifth place.
 Napoli 2, Siena 1
 Naples,  Italy -  Marek Hamsik's stoppage-time goal lifted Napoli to a 2-1 win
 on Sunday over Siena, which was assured of being relegated.
 The  visitors  took the lead  through Fabrizio Grillo  in the 36th minute, but
 Edinson  Cavani's  league-leading 28th goal  leveled the match with 17 minutes
 Genoa's  0-0 draw  with Inter  Milan earlier  in the  day had  already secured
 Siena's  fate, but  the club was unable to  hold on for even a point as Hamsik
 struck deep into added time with a lunging left-footed effort.
 Napoli's second-place finish is the club's highest since 1990.
 Udinese 2, Atalanta 1
 Udine,  Italy - Antonio  Di Natale's brace kept Udinese on course for a Europa
 League  place as  the club  notched  a 2-1  home victory  against Atalanta  on
 The  result leaves  Udinese two  points clear  of Lazio  for the  final Europa
 League  spot, and the  club will visit struggling Inter Milan on the final day
 of the season.
 Di  Natale struck  the crossbar in the fourth minute, but Atalanta grabbed the
 advantage  a  few minutes  later through  Giuseppe De Luca,  who scored on the
 Allan  set up  Di Natale's first goal shortly before halftime, and the striker
 fired  home  the winning goal from  outside the penalty area, leaving Atalanta
 goalkeeper Andrea Consigli with little chance.
 Bologna 2, Parma 0
 Parma,  Italy - Goals from Saphir Taider and Davide Moscardelli saw Bologna to
 a  2-0 win at  Parma on Sunday as both sides had little more than pride on the
 Taider  went close with  a header in the opening few minutes, and he found the
 net shortly after that miss by beating goalkeeper Antonio Mirante.
 It  was one  of  the  few shots  that  Mirante saw  in  the  match, while  his
 counterpart,  Dejan Stojanovic,  was busy  making a  number of  saves to  keep
 Bologna in front.
 The  hosts frustrating  afternoon was capped 15 minutes from time when Bologna
 found  the  net once more  through Moscardelli, whose right-footed effort gave
 Mirante little chance.
 05/12 17:29:07 ET

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