Milan win to end chaotic week, Juve extend lead

Sun Dec 1, 2013 3:10pm EST
 
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(Reuters) - AC Milan ended a chaotic week with a 3-1 win at bottom club Catania on Sunday amid a flurry of dramatic finishes in Serie A where three top matches produced goals in the dying seconds.

Fernando Llorente headed home in added time to give leaders Juventus a 1-0 win over Udinese and second-placed AS Roma salvaged their unbeaten record when Kevin Strootman scored a 90th minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Atalanta.

Fourth-placed Inter Milan were on the wrong end of a late goal when Renan's 89th minute strike for Sampdoria pegged them back to a 1-1 draw in front of new chairman Erik Thohir who was watching his first game at San Siro.

Juventus, who chalked up their sixth consecutive league win and clean sheet, extended their lead to three points over Roma who, after winning their first 10 games, have drawn their last four.

The defending champions have 37 points from 14 games with Roma on 34 and Napoli, who visit Lazio on Monday, in third place with 28.

Juventus were watched by more than 12,000 schoolchildren who occupied the Curva Nord and Curva Sud areas behind the goals, closed to the ultras because of anti-Naples chanting at previous matches.

Playmaker Andrea Pirlo went off injured after only 14 minutes and Juventus were saved in the second half when goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon produced a stunning reaction save to keep out Antonio Di Natale's effort from point-blank range.

There was an element of luck about their winner as Stephan Lichtsteiner's shot appearing to be going wide until Llorente managed to get his head to it and divert it into the net.

Milan's first away win in Serie A this season ended a winless five-match run in the league, although they had to come from behind to do it.   Continued...