Late Totti brace keeps Roma in title race
Two late goals from captain Francesco Totti enabled Roma to take the race for the Serie A title to the final weekend as the Giallorossi hit back to beat Cagliari 2-1 on Sunday.
With leaders Inter Milan edging out Chievo 4-3, Roma had to beat the Sardinians at the Stadio Olimpico to prolong the battle for the Scudetto.
When Andrea Lazzari powered home a free-kick after 73 minutes it was looking bleak for the home side, but Totti's neat turn and shot dragged them level before he then slotted home an 83rd-minute penalty to hand Roma the victory.
There was no lack of drama at the San Siro either as Inter had to withstand a late Chievo fightback to hold on to a win which keeps them two points clear with one game remaining.
Thiago Motta's own goal gave the Genoa-based side the lead before Andrea Mantovani also put through his own net to drag Inter level.
Esteban Cambiasso, Diego Milito and Mario Balotelli put Jose Mourinho's men in total control only for late goals from Pablo Granoche and Sergio Pellissier to cause a few nerves for the Nerazzurri.
AC Milan, in third, went down to a 1-0 defeat at Genoa after Giuseppe Sculli's 56th-minute goal. Milan also had Mathieu Flamini sent off late on.
Juventus continue to endure a disappointing season, losing 3-2 at home to mid-table Parma.
Alessandro Del Piero and Vincenzo Iaquinta scored for Juve at either end of a pulsating encounter but, in between, a brace from Davide Lanzafame and a Jonathan Biabiany effort secured Parma the win. The result means Juve will finish seventh.
The race for the final Champions League spot will go to the last weekend after fifth-placed Palermo and fourth-placed Sampdoria drew 1-1 in Sicily.
Samp would have clinched a place in Europe's elite club competition with a win, and they were on course for victory when Giampaolo Pazzini's 54th-minute penalty put them ahead, but Fabrizio Miccoli levelled from the spot with 20 minutes to go to keep Palermo two points adrift with one game to go.
At the other end, Atalanta's relegation was confirmed with their 2-0 defeat at Napoli. The hosts, who will play in the Europa League next season, won it with two goals from Fabio Quagliarella.
Atalanta will join Siena and Livorno in Serie B.
Siena managed a creditable 1-1 draw at Fiorentina, with Simone Vergassola handing Siena an early lead at the Stadio Artemio Franchi before Marco Marchionni levelled.
Livorno went down 2-1 at home to Lazio. Cristiano Lucarelli scored Livorno's goal in between strikes from Tommaso Rocchi and Cristian Brocchi.
Bologna and Catania played out an entertaining 1-1 draw on the day both sides sealed their Serie A survival for another season.
The two clubs knew a draw would be enough to beat the drop, and that is exactly what they served up as Maxi Lopez's second-half leveller cancelled out Marco Di Vaio's opener for the hosts.
Bari drew 3-3 at Udinese thanks to Sergio Almiron's late equaliser.
Paulo Vito Barreto put Bari in front only for Antonio Di Natale and Simone Pepe to turn the game around, but Vladimir Koman restored parity six minutes before half-time. Di Natale restored Udinese's lead in the second half but Sergio Almiron netted the leveller in the final minute.