Milan, Apr. 26
Unbeaten Juventus remained three points clear of AC Milan in the Serie A title race after both scraped 1-0 wins on Wednesday.
Former Milan striker Marco Borriello scored his first goal for Juventus 11 minutes from time against Cesena — confirming the northern club’s relegation.
Kevin-Prince Boateng kept Milan in the race with the winner against Genoa five minutes from time. Genoa, which is only a point off the bottom three, played the last 20 minutes with 10 men after Bosko Jankovic was sent off for a second booking.
Andrea Pirlo missed his second penalty in a row for Juventus in the eighth minute.
"Today we proved our maturity," Juventus coach Antonio Conte said. "It was a gritty match but a great win with all our efforts against a very tight team. Borriello deserved his goal, he wasn’t in a great physical condition when he came to us and he had to work a lot to get up to the same level as the others."
The 33rd round of fixtures was postponed following the death of Piermario Morosini on April 14. Morosini — on loan from Udinese — collapsed and died after suffering cardiac arrest during Livorno’s match at Pescara in Serie B.
Juventus was given a glorious chance to take an early lead when a penalty was awarded against Vangelis Moras for handball. Replays showed the infringement happened outside the area and justice was perhaps done when Pirlo saw his spotkick crash off the left post. Conte said Arturo Vidal would take Juve’s next penalty.
Mirko Vucinic should have given Juve the lead in the 27th when a corner found him completely unmarked in the area but he headed over from close range.