Juventus too good for Genoa
Juventus put aside their off-the-field problems as the Bianconeri beat relegation-threatened Genoa 2-0 in Serie A yesterday but coach Massimiliano Allegri had a touchline spat with one of his own players.
Juan Cuadrado and Paulo Dybala scored at either end of the match for Juve's fourth win in five league games.
That sent Allegri's side to fifth place, seven points behind Atalanta in fourth and the final Champions League berth. Juventus are above Fiorentina on goal difference after Vincenzo Italiano's side won 3-2 at Bologna.
Allegri had insisted before the match that he and his players were not being distracted by Juventus being investigated for alleged false accounting.
And Juventus got off to the perfect start as they took the lead in the seventh minute when Cuadrado curled in from the corner flag. It was the second goal scored directly from a corner after Hakan Calhanoglu did the same for Inter Milan on Saturday.
The Bianconeri had plenty of chances but it took them until eight minutes from time to extend their advantage -- mainly because of some brilliant saves from Genoa goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu.
The goal came when Dybala fired home a through ball from Federico Bernardeschi.
Tempers had threatened to boil over earlier and almost did so when Alvaro Morata was substituted seconds after getting a booking and was shouted at by Allegri on the touchline.
Ciro Immobile scored twice as Lazio comfortably won 3-1 at Sampdoria despite playing the final quarter of the match with 10 men.
Lazio moved level with city rivals Roma, nine points behind Atalanta.
Lazio had only picked up one point from their past three league matches and that came in Thursday's extraordinary 4-4 draw against Udinese.
They dominated from the start at Sampdoria and was 3-0 up by half-time following Sergej Milinkovic-Savic's early opener and a double from Immobile.
However, Milinkovic-Savic was also sent off in the 67th minute after two yellow cards in a matter of moments -- the first for a foul and the second for something he said to the referee.
But Samp only managed to pull one back in the final minute through Manolo Gabbiadini.
Other results: Venezia 3 Verona 4; Spezia 2 Sassuolo 2.