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Serie A roundup: Juventus cruises, AC Milan outlasts Sassuolo in thriller

Empoli FC v Juventus FC - Serie A

EMPOLI, ITALY - OCTOBER 02: Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain of Juventus FC celebrates the victory after during the Serie A match between Empoli FC and Juventus FC at Stadio Carlo Castellani on October 2, 2016 in Empoli, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

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A trio of goals in a span of five minutes gave Juventus a comfortable 3-0 victory on Sunday at Empoli. Paulo Dybala’s strike in the 65th minute proved to be the deciding goal on the afternoon, but Gonzalo Higuain made certain that the points would go in favor of Juventus when he added a brace with goals in the 67th and 70th minutes. The visitors were largely in control for much of the match, racking up 26 shots on the day, while 11 of those landed on target.

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In the most entertaining match on the day, AC Milan narrowly escaped with three points against Sassuolo, winning 4-3. Down 3-1 with under a half hour remaining, Carlos Bacca’s penalty kick helped spur on the hosts to a comeback win. Gabriel Paletta netted his first goal for Milan in the 77th minute, which proved to be the decisive finish for his side. The win moves AC Milan up to fifth place in Serie A, while Sassuolo falls to 13th place.

Goals from Edin Dzeko and Kostas Manolas on opposite ends of halftime gave Roma a 2-1 win over Inter Milan. Ever Banega leveled the match at one apiece in the 72nd minute, however, Manolas’ go-ahead goal came just four minutes later to put the Giallorossi permanently in front.

Elsewhere in Italy:

Torino 2-1 Fiorentina

Atalanta 1-0 Napoli

Bologna 0-1 Genoa

Cagliari 2-1 Crotone

Sampdoria 1-1 Palermo