Today was a very interesting day in the Serie A. The title was just about sewn up, in my opinion, when Juventus failed to beat relegation threatened Chievo at home. Juventus trailed early on after Pellissier scored on 25 minutes before Chiellini equalised on 34 minutes with a fine strike especially for a defender, however Chievo weren’t going to just sit there and wait for Juve to take command and reasserted their control on the game when Pellissier scored a second just before half time to give them the lead going into the break. Obviously manager Claudio Ranieri gave his players hell in the dressing room after that first half performance to a team that, although sat in 16th place in the Serie A, were unbeaten in their last 4 games. This paid off as the team in black and while profited from an unfortunate Yepes own goal on 54 minutes before dominating for the next 25 minutes without doing anything before Iaquinta stepped up to score and save the Old Lady’s skin…or so they thought. In the dying seconds of the game Pellissier stepped up to complete his hat trick and give his side a precious away point in a difficult place to come.

This left both teams in different positions; With Inter winning at Udinese, thanks to a late Isla own goal, they’re now 9 points clear of 2nd placed Juventus with only 8 games left to play while Chievo must be allowing themselves to breathe a little easier after their point extended their lead over 18th placed Torino to 7 points.

Torino, who lost 1-0 at Palermo today, can’t buy a win away from home and look destined for the drop unless they’re home form can save them. Luckily for them 17th placed Bologna lost at Roma today 2-1, thanks to 2 Francesco Totti penalties either side of half time, to keep the gap at only 2 points between the two sides. Behind Torino are Lecce, who are level on points with Torino and were a whisker away from getting a point at Milan today but let in 2 injury time goals to lose 2-0. Lastly rock bottom are Reggina on 20 points, 6 from safety. They lost 1-0 at home to Genoa thanks to a 77th minute Motta goal that keeps Genoa firmly in 4th place for the last Champions League spot. There’s still a long way to go but looking at the table tonight a lot seems to have been wrapped up already.

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