Juventus Beats Lazio to Move Within 7 Points of Serie A Title

Juventus beat Lazio 2-0 to pull 11 points clear atop Serie A with six games remaining as it seeks a record-extending 29th Italian league soccer championship.

Arturo Vidal scored both goals in the victory in Rome last night. The Chilean midfielder converted an eighth-minute penalty kick before doubling the lead 20 minutes later with a close-range finish.

Juventus moved to 74 points through 32 of 38 games and needs seven points from its remaining matches to guarantee the title because of its superior head-to-head record against second-place Napoli, which can finish with a maximum 81 points.

“We’ve taken another step forward and we’re drawing even closer to our target,” Juventus coach Antonio Conte said in comments on his team’s website. “We still need seven points to be mathematically certain, so we won’t talk about it until it’s in the bag, Instead we’ll continue to push on.”

Juventus next hosts third-place AC Milan in the late game on April 21, after Napoli plays Cagliari.

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