Serie A - Milan Marches On As Inter Struggles

Leaders AC Milan took another big step towards the Serie A title with a 3-0 home win over relegation-threatened Sampdoria on Saturday while troubled champions Inter Milan lost. Third-placed Inter are now eight points adrift of Milan with five games left after a shock 2-0 defeat at lowly Parma, meaning their hopes of a sixth straight Scudetto are almost over.

AC Milan took the lead against beleaguered Sampdoria through Clarence Seedorf on 20 minutes and striker Antonio Cassano sealed the win from the spot early in the second half after a contested handball before Robinho grabbed a third. Milan were without suspended striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic but still managed to secure a valuable three points. Second-placed Napoli can cut the gap with Milan back to three points with a win over Udinese on Sunday.

Inter Milan, dumped out of the Champions League as holders by Schalke in the quarter-final second leg in midweek, suffered a hangover at Parma who massively boosted their hopes of avoiding relegation. On-loan Juventus duo Sebastian Giovinco and Amauri did the damage against old rivals Inter, whose only real hope of a trophy this term now lies with the Coppa Italia tie with Roma on Tuesday.

AS Roma, taken over by a U.S. consortium on Friday, suffered a late 3-2 home defeat by Palermo to dent their Champions League chances. Uruguay forward Abel Hernandez scored twice for Palermo in the last six minutes to leave Roma, in sixth, four points off the fourth Champions League qualifying spot with five games left. Mirko Vucinic pulled one back in stoppage time but it was too late for Roma and interim boss Vincenzo Montella, who is fighting to impress the new owners.

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