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Roma tops champ Juve to keep alive bid for top-4 spot

The Associated Press

Roma’s Edin Dzeko, bottom, celebrates with teammate Cengiz Under after scoring against Juventus in Rome on Sunday.

The Associated Press MILAN (AP) — Roma kept its bid to qualify for the Champions League very much alive with a 2-0 win over Italian champion Juventus in Serie A on Sunday.

Edin Dzeko set up Alessandro Florenzi for the opener 11 minutes from time and scored himself in stoppage time to seal the result.

Cristiano Ronaldo had a Juventus goal ruled out for offside while both teams also hit the woodwork in an entertaining match in which Roma goalkeeper Antonio Mirante pulled off several impressive saves.

“A great Mirante kept us in the match in the first half but I’m happy with the match,” Roma interim coach Claudio Ranieri said. “We have to continue to believe. Even if not everything depends on us, we have to get to the end with a clear conscience.”

Roma moved back into sixth spot, a point behind fourth-place Inter Milan, which was to host already relegated Chievo Verona on Monday, and three points behind third-place Atalanta.

The top four from Serie A qualify for next season’s Champions League.

AC Milan is above Roma thanks to a better head-to-head record, which is the tiebreaker in Italy.

Getafe dealt serious setback

MADRID (AP) — Getafe lost 2-0 to Barcelona on Sunday, dropping out of the qualification places for the Champions League with one round left in the Spanish league.

The modest southern Madrid club had held on to fourth place for 11 of the last 12 rounds, but it will go into next weekend in fifth place and needing some help to earn its berth in the European competition for the first time in its 36-year history.

Valencia overtook Getafe for fourth place with a 3-1 home win against Alaves. The teams are level on 58 points, but Valencia is ahead on the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Sixth-place Sevilla still has a chance to earn the final Champions League spot after a 1-1 draw at Atletico Madrid. It will need to win its final match against Athletic Bilbao at home and hope for setbacks by Valencia at Valladolid and Getafe against Villarreal.

With Barcelona having already secured the title, Atletico clinched its second straight second-place finish with the draw against Sevilla.

Real Madrid ended third after a 3-1 loss at Real Sociedad, a result that kept the team winless in five away matches since coach Zinedine Zidane returned. Madrid hadn’t finished outside the top two in the league in consecutive seasons since 1973-74.

Villarreal, Levante and Valladolid escaped relegation, with Celta Vigo and Girona still trying to avoid the final demotion spot. Girona has few chances of surviving, though, because of a six-goal differential with Celta.

“I have to apologize, I failed,” Girona coach Eusebio Sacristan said in an emotional news conference following the team’s 2-1 loss to Levante at home.Speech

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