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Euro football round-up: Juve thump Genoa; Monaco edge Lyon

April 24, 2017 11:04 IST

A summary of results from matches played in the Italian Serie A and Ligue 1 

Juventus' Leonardo Bonucci celebrates after scoring against Genoa during their Serie A match at Juventus Stadium in Turin on Sunday

IMAGE: Juventus' Leonardo Bonucci celebrates after scoring against Genoa during their Serie A match at Juventus Stadium in Turin on Sunday. Photograph: Giorgio Perottino

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci scored a sublime solo goal as they crushed Genoa 4-0 on Sunday to claim a 33rd straight home league win and move closer to a sixth successive Serie A title.

Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic also scored for treble-chasing Juve, who never looked back after Genoa defender Ezequiel Munoz gifted them the lead with an own goal.

Substitute Arkadiusz Milik rescued a 2-2 draw for third-placed Napoli after a topsy-turvy second half at Sassuolo where they led 1-0, gifted an equaliser and then hit the woodwork twice.

Lazio's Keita Balde Diao scored a six-minute hat-trick as they hit five goals in the first half-hour on the way to a 6-2 demolition of sorry Palermo and AC Milan suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat by lowly Empoli.

Sampdoria's Patrik Schick provided another highlight with a superb effort against Crotone when he flicked the ball up and turned past two defenders, ran on and scored with a clinical finish. However the visitors hit back to win 2-1.

Juventus, who have 83 points from 33 games, moved 11 clear of AS Roma who visit basement club Pescara on Monday.

Napoli are a further point behind in the Champions League playoff-round spot on 71 points, with Lazio fourth while Milan, despite their slip-up, stayed sixth on 58 points in the last Europa League place two points above city rivals Inter.

Monaco back on top of Ligue 1 after win against Lyon

Monaco's Radamel Falcao and teammates celebrate after scoring against Olympique Lyon during their French Ligue 1 match at Stade de Lyon – Decines, France, on Sunday

IMAGE: Monaco's Radamel Falcao and teammates celebrate after scoring against Olympique Lyon during their French Ligue 1 match at Stade de Lyon – Decines, France, on Sunday. Photograph: Robert Pratta/Reuters

Monaco claimed back the Ligue 1 lead on Sunday when goals by Radamel Falcao and Kylian Mbappe gave them a 2-1 win at Olympique Lyonnais.

Falcao and Mbappe struck before the interval to put Monaco on 80 points from 33 games, ahead of Paris St Germain on goal difference.

French Champions PSG, who beat Montpellier 2-0 on Saturday, have played one extra game.

Nice's slim title chances took a knock when they were held 1-1 at Toulouse, Valentin Eysseric salvaging a point for the visitors when he cancelled out Corentin Jean's opener.

Nice are third on 74 points, with Lyon fifth on 54.

Monaco, who have reached the Champions League final four, went ahead in the 36th minute when Falcao headed home from six metres in a packed area.

Mbappe struck, too, just before halftime with a low shot after being set up by Bernardo Silva's through pass. Lucas Tousart pulled one back in the 51st with a header from Memphis Depay's corner.

Earlier, the game between St Etienne and Stade Rennais was interrupted after local fans managed to get into the stadium where the match was being played behind closed doors. Referee Ruddy Buquet sent the players to the dressing-room in the 16th minute.

The fans left the stadium quietly after some 15 minutes and the players came back on to the pitch.

The game, which ended 1-1, was being played behind closed doors after St Etienne were sanctioned for crowd trouble during a derby against arch rivals Lyon in February. 

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