Juventus need one more point to clinch the Serie A title next week after second-placed Napoli were held to a 1-1 home draw by 10-man Genoa.
It was another setback for Carlo Ancelotti’s side after their midweek loss to Empoli as they failed to see off opponents who had Stefano Sturaro sent off in the 28th minute.
Dries Mertens fired Napoli in front after 34 minutes, but Genoa responded with Koray Gunter heading against the bar before Darko Lazovic equalised in first half added time.
Atlanta earned the point they needed to leapfrog Milan into fourth place as they held out for a goalless draw at third-placed Inter.
Making his first start at the San Siro in six weeks after controversy over the club captaincy, Mauro Icardi had the best chance but prodded a poor shot straight at visiting goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini.
Lazio lost further ground in their quest to ensure European qualification for next season as they were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Sassuolo.
Ciro Immobile’s controversial 53rd minute penalty put the hosts in front but Rogerio deflected home an equaliser and substitute Domenico Berardi looked to have won it with an 87th minute strike.
But Lazio still had to time to hit back and Senad Lulic rescued a potentially crucial point with an equaliser deep into added time, following a short corner.
Frosinone stepped up their unlikely battle for survival as they claimed their second straight win with a 1-0 triumph at Fiorentina.
The Viola almost won it in the 81st minute when Federico Chiesa hit the woodwork but three minutes later Frosinone substitute Daniel Ciofani fired home from the edge of the box.
Rodrigo de Paul scored twice as 10-man Udinese eased their relegation fears and plunged Empoli further into trouble with a 3-2 home win.
Empoli twice led through Francesco Caputo and Rade Krunic but de Paul’s goals twice pulled Udinese level, including his second from the penalty spot.
Rolando Mandragora grabbed Udinese’s third in first half added time and the hosts held on despite the 63rd minute dismissal of Marvin Zeegelaar.
Cagliari beat SPAL 2-1 with goals from Paolo Farago and Leonardo Pavoletti, after a Mirko Antenucci penalty had brought the visitors level.
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Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri felt teenage forward Moise Kean should not have responded to racist chants from the home stands with his goal celebration at Cagliari – but called for the “idiots” responsible to be handed lifetime bans.
The Italy international, 19, was abused all night by sections of the home support, with monkey chants aimed at him.
Kean, though, had the final say when scoring Juve’s second goal of the 2-0 win with five minutes left before standing next to the post, his arms spread in defiant response to the abuse coming from the stands behind – which only continued to grow louder.
Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini led the player protests to referee Piero Giacomelli, who also spoke to both managers.
Meanwhile, Cagliari skipper Luca Ceppitelli appealed directly to the home fans behind the goal for the offensive chants to stop.
Juve’s France midfielder Blaise Matuidi appeared to gesture to manager Allegri he should take his players off.
There was a delay of around some three minutes. An announcement had been made over the public address system to highlight the issue – which was greeted by more jeers from some home supporters.
Afterwards, Kean posted a message on Instagram with a photo of his celebration and a caption which read: “The best way to respond to racism #notoracism”.
The incidents followed on from England players being subjected to racist abuse during their Euro 2020 qualifier in Montenegro.
Earlier on Tuesday, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin insisted referees would be told to be “brave” and halt matches to stamp out such abuse from “loud, aggressive and primitive” people.
Kean, whose goal added to Leonardo Bonucci’s towering header in the 22nd minute, was handed a start by Allegri at the Sardegna Arena.
The Juventus manager, though, expressed the need for calm heads, despite all of the provocations from the stands.
“He shouldn’t have celebrated in that manner,” Allegri said afterwards in a press conference reported by the club.
“He is a young man and he has to learn, but certain things from the crowd also shouldn’t be heard.”
In his post-match comments to broadcaster Sky Sport Italia, Allegri turned his attention to the need for the football authorities to tackle the “idiots” head on.
“You need great intelligence to deal with these situations and should not go to provoke people. That, of course, does not mean the idiots in the crowd and the way they reacted should be justified,” the Juventus boss said.
“As always in life, there are idiots who do stupid things and ruin it for everyone else.
“I don’t think talking about it all the time helps. I don’t think halting play helps, because not everyone in the stadium did that.
“We need to use the cameras, find those who are doing it and punish them. It’s very simple, identify them and not one-year ban or two, just give them a lifetime ban.
“We’ve got the technology, it can be done if the authorities want to. The problem is, they don’t really want to.”
Defender Bonucci also appeared to suggest Kean could have opted for another way to handle the unsavoury atmosphere at the Sardegna Arena.
“Kean knows that when he scores a goal, he has to focus on celebrating with his teammates. He knows he could’ve done something differently too,” Bonucci told Sky Sport Italia.
“There were racist jeers after the goal, Blaise heard it and was angered. I think the blame is 50-50, because Moise shouldn’t have done that and the Curva (Cagliari’s ‘ultra’ fans) should not have reacted that way.
“We are professionals, we have to set the example and not provoke anyone.”
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Wanda Nara, agent and wife of exiled Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, responded to comments from Inter manager Luciano Spalletti calling the striker’s ongoing contract standoff “humiliating” for the club, by stating that the Argentine is fit and ready to make a return to action.
Icardi has not played in six weeks after he was stripped of the captaincy in February, though the player’s camp has maintained that he has been recovering from an injury.
The 26-year-old was in the stands for Inter’s 1-0 home loss to Lazio on Sunday, along with Nara, but Spalletti was scathing in his criticism of Icardi.
“It’s obvious for everyone to see what happened. It’s obvious,” he told Sky Sport Italia after the game. “The way he has behaved, he needs to stay away and others have to play.
“Negotiating with someone just to get him to pull on the Inter shirt. What, do I need to email 20 lawyers and ask them if I can call someone up?”
There were rumours of a bust-up between Icardi and others at Inter after he returned to training this week, likely the latest example of the behaviour Spalletti was criticising.
But Nara insisted that Icardi’s absence against Lazio was purely Spalletti’s decision, with the striker ready to feature for the club.
“Mauro is ready and it’s all down to the coach’s decision,” she told TV show Tiki Taka.
“If Mauro came back, would he make the same choices? It depends on what choices… I don’t know. It depends on how you see the situation.
“Mauro has not yet spoken: he only expects to play and is preparing for this.
“His [Spalletti’s] words are not a step back. Mauro is used to hearing so many things around him, but then focuses on what needs to be done to help Inter on the field.”