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Football: Asamoah helps Juve to 14-point lead on Roma

A first-half strike from Juventus winger Kwadwo Asamoah secured a 1-0 win over Fiorentina and stretched the champions' lead over nearest rivals Roma to 14 points on Sunday. Second-placed Roma, who have a game in hand, travel to Napoli later looking to reduce the arrears and stretch their six-point lead over Rafael Benitez's side. But on this performance, Roma will have to hope Juventus -- who face Fiorentina home and away in the Europa League in the next 11 days -- suffer a major slip-up on what looks like a clear path towards a third consecutive scudetto.

Football: Embattled Lazio coach calls for end to feud

Lazio coach Edoardo Reja has appealed to club president Claudio Lotito and protesting fans to end a feud after a 1-0 loss to Atalanta in a virtually empty Olympic Stadium dented his side's Europa League qualification chances on Sunday. Italian Cup holders Lazio are one of several teams battling to finish fourth or fifth in Serie A and secure automatic qualification for Europe's second tier club event.

Football: Di Natale winner puts brakes on Milan

Veteran striker Antonio Di Natale struck a second-half winner for Udinese to put the brakes on AC Milan's Europa League qualification push on Saturday. Milan's third defeat in seven games under Clarence Seedorf dropped the Rossoneri one place to 11th in the table with a six-point deficit to fifth-placed Inter, who host Torino on Sunday. Seedorf welcomed Mario Balotelli back into his squad after a two-game absence due to a shoulder injury.

Football: Di Natale winner puts brakes on Milan

Veteran striker Antonio Di Natale struck a second-half winner for Udinese to put the brakes on AC Milan's Europa League qualification push on Saturday. Milan's third defeat in seven games under Clarence Seedorf dropped the Rossoneri one place to 11th in the table with a six-point deficit to fifth-placed Inter, who host Torino on Sunday. Seedorf welcomed Mario Balotelli back into his squad after a two-game absence due to a shoulder injury.

Football: Napoli need 'fundamental' Roma win

Rafael Benitez believes defeat to title-challengers Roma could end Napoli's chances of securing second spot in Serie A and an automatic Champions League place. Roma are currently second, 11 points behind Juventus and six ahead of Napoli, with a game in hand on both ahead of Sunday's away clash at the San Paolo. Victory for Roma would leave Napoli nine points adrift in third place, which offers qualification for the Champions League only through a qualifying round.

Football: Fiorentina owner hits out at Valero ban

Fiorentina owner Andrea Della Valle has hit out at Serie A disciplinary rules after Borja Valero's four-game ban was reduced to three on appeal. Valero was handed a four-game suspension after being sent off against Parma two weeks ago, when he put his hands on the referee while protesting a red card. The Spanish midfielder's ban was reduced to three games on appeal, but Della Valle believes it is still too harsh. "It's a defeat for football," Della Valle told the club's website www.en.violachannel.tv.

Football: Davids warns Del Piero on move to management

Juventus legend Edgar Davids has warned Sydney FC star Alessandro Del Piero not to expect to stroll straight into management when he finally hangs up his boots. Speculation emerged last month that the 39-year-old Del Piero could take over as player-manager of struggling Sydney next season, with reports indicating that the Italian had declared his willingness to take the job if the axe falls on current boss Frank Farina.

Football: Juve seeking revenge in first of Viola match-ups

Juventus host Fiorentina for the first of three matches between the sides in the next fortnight with revenge firmly on their minds as the scudetto battle with Roma enters a crucial phase. Juventus will host La Viola twice in five days, the sides' first leg of a Europa League last-16 tie following Sunday's Serie A clash, before travelling to Florence for the second leg on March 20.

Football: Vidic, Hernanes captures hint at Inter clear-out

Inter Milan president Erick Thohir hailed the capture of Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic but hinted on Thursday that the club's rebuilding could continue with a summer clear-out of ageing stock. Vidic signed a three-year deal through to June 2017 with the ailing Serie A giants on Wednesday, with the Serbian international defender set to earn 2.8 million euros (£2.3m, $3.8m) plus bonuses annually, according to Italian media reports.

Football: Spain a measuring stick for Prandelli's Italy

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli believes his side's friendly against Spain in Madrid on Wednesday will be an important test for the Azzurri just three months before the World Cup. Prandelli admitted that he was not in favour of facing the world and European champions so close to the tournament in case their paths were to cross in Brazil as they did at last year's Confederations Cup and twice at Euro 2012. However, he recognised the value in facing one of the competition favourites as a yardstick to how his side are preparing for the World Cup.
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