Football: Juventus edge closer towards title

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JUVENTUS moved closer to their 25th League title yesterday when the Serie A leaders and their title rivals, Internazionale, both clocked up 0-0 draws.

Internazionale were held by Piacenza and, despite the one-way traffic at San Siro, they failed to narrow the four-point gap on Juventus with just two matches left. Ronaldo hit the post and the Nigerian striker, Nwanko Kanu, failed to put away the easiest of rebounds in the 24th minute.

Juventus had plenty of possession but failed to make it count at Vicenza, whose striker Pasquale Luiso was unlucky not to snatch a late winner. Juventus should now be crowned champions next weekend when they face Bologna.

Further down Serie A, Udinese, Parma and AS Roma have all booked their places in next season's Uefa Cup. Udinese swept to a 3-1 win over Napoli, which also kept their German star Oliver Bierhoff top of the scoring charts with 25 goals after he scored two goals.

Parma drew 2-2 with Sampdoria after Enrico Chiesa opened the scoring with a 34th-minute free-kick. The Brazilian striker Paco equalised for Sampdoria before Nestor Sensini put Parma back in front after knocking home a rebound, but Sampdoria's Alain Boghossian levelled with an 87th strike.

Roma had no difficulty crushing a defenceless AC Milan 5-0. Frenchman Vincent Candela smacked the ball home from 20 metres in the 16th minute and Francesco Di Biaggio quickly added two more. Brazilian Paulo Sergio made it 4-0 and Marco Delvecchio potted the fifth.

PSV Eindhoven yesterday clinched the runners-up berth in the Dutch League with a 6-2 slaughter of FC Groningen, condemning the northern side to the relegation play-offs. Ajax also went to town with an 8-1 win at De Graafschap Doetinchem, including a hat-trick for South African star, Benni McCarthy.

A Belgian First Division match between Lokeren and Antwerp was abandoned 18 minutes from time yesterday when about 150 fans of relegation-doomed Antwerp invaded the pitch and clashed with police.

The Antwerp supporters tore off advertising panels and threw them at police. The police cleared the pitch soon afterwards but said they could no longer guarantee players' safety and advised the referee to abandon the game.