Serie A round-up: Juventus pull further clear with Paulo Dybala hat-trick while Roma stumble
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 07/04/18 10:59pm
Paulo Dybala scored a hat-trick containing two penalties as Juventus beat Benevento 4-2 to move seven points clear at the top of Serie A.
The Argentina striker put Juventus ahead with a classy finish in the 16th minute before adding his two spot-kicks, one in each half.
Douglas Costa's late goal, which saw him run in from the left and strike an unstoppable 22-yard shot in the 82nd minute, provided the outstanding moment of a hard-earned win.
Lowly Benevento had drawn level twice, Cheick Diabate scoring both of their goals, before Juventus pulled away.
Juventus are chasing a seventh consecutive Serie A title, with Napoli their only remaining challengers.
Juventus head to Spain next to tackle Real Madrid on Wednesday in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final, with the tall order of overturning a 3-0 deficit.
Third-placed Roma were beaten 2-0 on Saturday by Fiorentina, whose goals came from Marco Benassi and Giovanni Simeone before half-time. Roma also face a near-impossible task in Europe in the week ahead, trailing Barcelona 4-1 from the first match of their tie against the Catalan giants.
SPAL picked up what may prove a useful point in their mission to avoid the drop into Serie B, drawing 1-1 at home against Atalanta. There might have been a better outcome for SPAL, who took a 39th-minute lead through Thiago Cionek, but Marten de Roon equalised with a 78th-minute penalty for Atalanta.
In the late kick-off, Sampdoria were looking to close the gap on a Europa League place to a single point, but were held to a goalless home draw by local rivals Genoa.
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