Roma kept their faint title hopes alive with a thumping 4-1 win over Torino on Sunday.
The Giallorossi had the match won by half-time after blitzing Torino with four goals in fifteen first-half minutes. Chilean midfielder David Pizarro opened the scoring from the penalty spot, before Mirko Vucinic made it 2-0 and Brazilian winger Mancini bagged a brace. Nicola Ventola netted a second-half consolation goal.
League leaders Internazionale recorded a 2-1 home win over Cagliari to maintain their six-point lead at the top of Serie A. Argentine striker Julio Cruz and Italian defender Marco Materazzi scored for Inter.
Fiorentina dropped crucial points in the race for 4th place. They were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Sampdoria. Fiorentina looked likely to secure all three points when Romanian striker Adrian Mutu converted an 84th-minute penalty to put the home side 2-1 up, but a last-minute equaliser from Daniele Gastaldello earned Sampdoria a share of the spoils.
Milan, who have been enjoying something of a revival in recent weeks, moved to within two points of Fiorentina with a resounding 4-1 win at Livorno, with veteran striker Pippo Inzaghi hitting a hat-trick. Juventus, meanwhile, secured their grip on third place with an equally emphatic 5-2 defeat of Lazio at Delle Alpi.
At the wrong end of the table, there was a rare win for Reggina, who defeated fellow strugglers Parma 2-1 to move up to 18th place. Empoli also won on Sunday, beating Genoa 1-0 at Luigi Ferraris. Siena moved to within touching distance of mathematical safety after a creditable 0-0 draw away at mid-table Napoli. With five points separating 14th and 20th in this division, the relegation issue is far from settled.
By Houman Barekat