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Defending champions Juventus maintained their narrow advantage over Roma at the top of Serie A with a 3-0 win at Atalanta.

Argentinian striker Carlos Tevez was the inspiration for Massimiliano Allegri's men as he struck either side of half-time to move top of the scoring charts in Italy with his third and fourth goals of the campaign as Juve responded to Roma's 2-0 win against Hellas Verona earlier in the day.

Alvaro Morata headed home a late third with seven minutes left of a match that hinged on a missed penalty by the hosts with the score at 1-0. Both Juventus and Roma, the favourites for the title, improved their record to five wins from five, with a two-goal advantage keeping the Turin club top on goal difference.

Juventus are away to Spanish champions Atletico Madrid in UEFA Champions League action on Wednesday while Roma travel to Manchester City 24 hours earlier. The leading duo then meet in a top-of-the-table clash at the Juventus Stadium next Sunday.

Earlier, Rudi Garcia's men also made it five wins on the trot, but were pushed all the way by Verona before Italy international Alessandro Florenzi struck the opener with 15 minutes remaining. Mattia Destro then fired home a looping shot from just inside the Verona half, a spectacular effort that sent the away side to their first defeat of the season after opening with two wins and two draws.

It was also the perfect result for Francesco Totti, the Roma legend who has scored 235 goals in 21 seasons for the club, and celebrated his 38th birthday.

There will be six matches on Sunday, including fourth-placed Inter Milan at home to rock bottom Cagliari, while Udinese, who came into the weekend in third spot, are not in action until Monday when they host Parma.

— Monday, September 29, 2014