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Inter Milan will have to wait at least another week before sealing a fourth consecutive Scudetto after drawing 2-2 at Chievo.

Hernan Crespo put the champions-elect ahead in the third minute but Michele Marcolini equalised in the 27th minute.

A wonder strike from Mario Balotelli put the Nerazzurri back in front midway through the second half but Siqueira Luciano earned Chievo a point with 17 minutes to go to ease their own relegation fears.

AC Milan failed to take advantage of city rivals Inter’s slip-up as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Juventus.

Clarence Seedorf put the Rossoneri ahead in the 57th minute, but an equaliser three minutes later from Vincenzo Iaquinta meant Milan recovered only a point on Inter, who can now clinch their fourth Scudetto next Sunday regardless of Milan’s result at Udinese 24 hours earlier.

And Milan ended the game with 10 men as Giuseppe Favalli was shown a second yellow card five minutes from time, while David Beckham will also miss the trip to Udine after picking up his fifth yellow card.

Lecce remain in deep relegation trouble after being held to a 1-1 draw by mid-table Napoli at the Stadio Via del Mare.

The Salentini fell behind to a 33rd-minute goal from Inacio Pia but equalised just before the interval from the penalty spot, Andrea Zanchetta netting.

Roma came from behind to earn a point in a thrilling 2-2 draw at Cagliari to hold on to sixth place.

Alessandro Matri opened the scoring for the hosts in the 34th minute before Robert Acquafresca doubled his team’s lead before the hour mark.

Roma captain Francesco Totti reduced the arrears five minutes later and Simone Perrotta equalised with 22 minutes left.

Fiorentina tightened their grip on fourth place in Serie A after beating Catania 2-0.

Stevan Jovetic opened the scoring in the 11th minute before substitute Luciano Zauri doubled the visitors’ lead deep in stoppage time.

Marco Di Vaio converted a late penalty to earn Bologna a 1-1 draw at relegation rivals Torino, who had taken the lead through Alessandro Rosina.

Genoa snatched a last-gasp 1-1 draw against 10-man Atalanta as their Champions League aspirations took a blow at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia.

The Grifoni needed a late goal from Domenico Criscito to get them out of trouble after trailing to Jaime Valdes’ strike for most of the match.

Palermo missed out on the chance to overtake Roma in the Serie A table as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Siena.

Emanuele Calaio scored the only goal of the game on the hour mark to cap a dominant Siena performance and continue the Sicilians’ poor away form.

On Saturday, Udinese remained in the hunt for Europa League qualification after a 3-1 victory away to Lazio.

Lazio went in front through Tommaso Rocchi’s 56th-minute goal but Udinese drew level four minutes later through Antonio Floro Flores.

Gaetano D’Agostino put them in front in the 69th minute and Fabio Quagliarella’s 85th-minute penalty killed off the Rome side, who had substitute Cristian Brocchi sent off with four minutes to go.

Under-pressure Sampdoria coach Walter Mazzarri received a much-needed boost this evening as his side romped to a 5-0 victory over bottom side Reggina.

Daniele Dessena opened the scoring in the second minute and doubled his team’s advantage on the half-hour mark after Carlos Adrian Valdez had been dismissed. Gennaro Delvecchio made it three to virtually wrap up the points eight minutes before the interval.

And Samp did not ease up after the break, netting further goals through Guido Marilungo and Giampaolo Pazzini in the first seven minutes of the second half to seal a massive win.

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