Andrea Pirlo produced a piece of free-kick magic to keep Juventus on track for a third consecutive Italian Serie A scudetto thanks to a late 1-0 win away to Genoa on Sunday. Juventus looked to be heading for only their fourth draw of the season, having seen goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon save Emanuele Calaio's 72nd minute penalty and two other great earlier chances for the hosts.
However Antonio Conte's men were handed a lifeline when Fabio Quagliarella won a free-kick on the edge of the area, and Pirlo stepped up to send a curling drive over the wall and past the outstretched hands of Mattia Perin. Juventus now have 75 points and a 17-point lead on Roma, who host Udinese on Monday but also have a game in hand.
Napoli sit third, a further three points off the pace, ahead of their trip to Torino on Monday when Rafael Benitez's side will look to avoid any slip-ups following Fiorentina's 3-1 win Sunday night over outclassed Chievo. Juan Cuadrado got Fiorentina off the mark in Florence with a fine 11th minute volley although Alberto Paloschi spurned a great chance to level when he shot straight at Michael Agazzi on a one-on-one on the half-hour.
Alessandro Matri fired home from Cuadrado's cross to give La Viola a 2-0 half-time lead. Paloschi's persistence paid off when he collected Luca Rignoni's pass and showed fine individual skill to beat Neto on 62 minutes. Fiorentina spurned a third goal after the referee awarded a penalty following Matteo Rubin's handball, but Agazzi did well to block David Pizarro's spot-kick. But the hosts finished with a flurry when Mario Gomez came off the bench to nutmeg Agazzi in the 89th minute.
Earlier, former AC Milan striker Antonio Cassano struck a brace in a 4-2 win for Parma at ten-man Milan which dropped the Rossoneri to 12th, now 40 points behind Juve and 12 points off the first UEFA Europa League spot. After Fiorentina's win, Parma dropped to sixth but are only one point behind Inter, 2-0 winners at Verona on Saturday, with a game in hand. Lazio maintained their hopes of Europa League football with a 2-0 away win at Cagliari which kept the capital side five points behind Parma in seventh.