Juventus grind out win, Napoli beaten
© Getty Images

Juventus ground out a bad-tempered 1-0 victory over ten-man Catania to pull 14 points clear at the top of the Italian Serie A table. The reigning champions and likely winners of a third-straight Scudetto have struggled to put lesser opposition to bed in recent weeks and were uninspired when beating the league's bottom side.

Carlos Tevez did send three more points back to Turin with a typically fierce effort in the 59th minute and the chase was beyond Catania once striker Gonzalo Bergessio picked up a second yellow card.

Roma, in second, have played a game less but Juve further distanced third-placed Napoli as they went down 1-0 to Fiorentina as Joaquin struck in the 87th minute. Napoli had earlier been reduced to ten men with the dismissal of Faouzi Ghoulam.

The result leaves Fiorentina seven points adrift of third place. They are also four points clear of Inter Milan after they were punished for missing their chances in a 2-1 home defeat against upwardly-mobile Atalanta.

AC Milan managed to take a rare point from their 1-1 draw at Lazio but the immediate future still looks bleak for Clarence Seedorf's ailing side.

The Dutchman can expect to keep his job for the time being after Abdoulay Konko's own-goal ensured Alvaro Dominguez's second-half strike was not enough to condemn Milan to a fourth straight defeat.