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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Parma Closes On Juventus With 2-1 Win at Atalanta

ROME -- Parma injected some life into the Italian title race, coming back to beat Atalanta 2-1 to move within four points of leader Juventus, which was held 0-0 at home by Sampdoria.

The win kept alive Parma's hopes of overhauling the Turin club and significantly boosted its chances of finishing second and thus earning a place in next season's Champions League.

It has 52 points and a four-point cushion over Inter Milan which lost 1-0 at home to Vicenza on Saturday.

Parma had to battle back in Bergamo after Atalanta dominated the first half and took the lead with a controversial goal by Gigi Lentini in the 36th minute.

Parma players erupted in protest after the referee gave the goal, even though the linesman had raised his flag for offside.

Parma pulled level when Argentine international striker Hernan Crespo headed home in first half injury time.

Italy's Enrico Chiesa hammered home a fierce angled shot from five meters in the 66th minute.

In Turin, fourth-placed Sampdoria kept Juventus on its toes and could have stolen a win had Italy goalkeeper Angelo Peruzzi not made several fine saves.


Real Madrid shook off its internal problems and an early goal from Sporting Gijon to score a convincing 3-1 Spanish league win Sunday.

Davor Suker ended his goal drought to find the net twice, and set-piece specialist Roberto Carlos thundered home another as Real took a provisional 11-point lead over Barcelona, which plays Extremadura on Monday.

Throughout the game Real fans shouted insults at coach Fabio Capello, who five days earlier announced his decision to leave the club at the end of the season.

The Real board Saturday appealed for unity in the wake of the upheaval caused by Capello's announcement.

(For other results, see Scorecard.)