Toni inspires Verona win
A review of the weekend's action in the Italian Serie A.
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Luca Toni proved he is fit for the World Cup as he inspired Hellas Verona to a 4-0 win over Catania on Sunday with his 19th and 20th goals of the season.
The 36-year-old was too much for Catania to handle as he led Verona's push for a place in the Europa League next season, while he perhaps should have completed his hat-trick before taking exception to being substituted in the second half.
Marquinho and Juan Gomez completed the rout against a Catania side whose relegation to Serie B could be confirmed next weekend.
Chievo remained firmly in the relegation mix after throwing away the lead to lose 2-1 against 10-man Sampdoria at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris on Sunday.
The team from Verona headed into the game just two points clear of the drop zone but looked set to haul themselves away from trouble when Cyril Thereau converted from the penalty spot midway through the second half after Sampdoria defender Shkodran Mustafi had been sent off for a professional foul on Victor Obinna.
But the mid-table hosts made light of their numerical disadvantage and turned the game on its head with two goals in the final 10 minutes, Citadin Eder equalising in the 81st minute and Roberto Soriano completing the comeback in stoppage time.
Elsewhere, Lazio claimed a 2-0 win at Livorno thanks to Stefano Mauri's first-half score and a 51st minute penalty by Antonio Candreva.
Mauricio Pinilla scored from the penalty spot in the 35th minute as Cagliari defeated 10-man Parma 1-0. Parma lost defender Felipe to a straight red card in the 53rd minute for fighting.
Torino moved into sixth place thanks to a 2-0 home win over Udinese. Omar El Kaddouri opened the scoring in the 16th minute and Ciro Immobile, who had set up the opener, sealed the win with a second goal in the 57th minute.
Giuseppe De Luca earned Atalanta a point with a late goal in a 1-1 draw with 10-man Genoa at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia
The Nerazzurri looked for a long time to be heading to a home defeat after Paolo De Ceglie gave the visitors a 27th-minute advantage.
Denis was denied from the spot by Mattia Perin after Daniele Portanova was given his marching orders, but Atalanta's pressure finally told when De Luca struck eight minutes from time.
Inter Milan and Napoli will go into the final three games of the Serie A season as they were coming into the final four after a goalless draw at the San Siro on Saturday evening.
Only the breadth of the post denied Gokhan Inler a late winner for the visitors in an even game which saw both sides create plenty of chances but neither break the deadlock, with Napoli remaining third in the standings and two places above their opponents.
Inter president Erick Thohir was again left disappointed, failing to see the Nerazzurri win once again on his latest visit to the San Siro, where he has only witnessed two home victories, five draws and one defeat.
There was a worrying sight for Napoli late on when Higuain was carried away on a stretcher and they will hope to have him fit next weekend for the Coppa Italia final against Fiorentina, the side they lead by eight points with three league games of the season left.
Fiorentina moved to within a point of securing their place in Europe next season after beating relegation-threatened Bologna 3-0.
First-half goals from Juan Cuadrado and Josip Ilicic put the Viola on their way to a win which should be enough to clinch them a place in the Europa League next season with three games remaining.
Cuadrado's second late on sealed the convincing victory, leaving Bologna potentially three points adrift of safety this weekend as their relegation plight worsened at the Stadio Dall'Ara, despite a valiant effort to recover in the second half.
On Friday night, Roma reduced their arrears on Serie A leaders Juventus to five points once again with a commanding 2-0 win over AC Milan.
Miralem Pjanic and Gervinho supplied the goals, but Francesco Totti was at his inspirational best as the Giallorossi put the ball back in the court of Juventus, who are in action against Sassuolo on Monday night and will be looking to restore their eight-point advantage with three games of the season to go.
For Milan, defeat came as a setback in their hopes of qualifying for the Europa League next season.
Their deficit on fifth-placed Inter could grow to eight points when the Nerazzurri face Napoli on Saturday night while Parma have the chance to put three points between themselves and the Rossoneri at Cagliari on Sunday.