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Milan maintain four-point lead over Juve

Rome: AC Milan cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win at Parma to maintain their four-point lead over Juventus, who coasted to a 5-0 win at Fiorentina.

A penalty from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Urby Emanuelson`s stunning solo effort secured a win for the rossoneri that never looked in doubt and heaped the pressure on Juve in the late game on Saturday.

But helped by Alessio Cerci`s first half dismissal, they cantered to victory with goals from Mirko Vucinic, Arturo Vidal, Claudio Marchisio, Andrea Pirlo and Simone Padoin.

It was a crucial success for Juve and only their second win in eight games but with 10 games left, Milan appear to have hit their stride at just the right time.

This result was earned despite a host of important first team players such as Kevin-Prince Boateng, Mark van Bommel, Robinho, Pato, Philippe Mexes and Alessandro Nesta being ruled out.

It meant Emanuelson playing in the `trequartista hole` behind the front two.

"(Coach) Allegri plays me as a trequartista and asked me to move a lot up front with Ibra and (Stephan) El Shaarawy and I`m happy with this role," he said.

Ibrahimovic headed a chipped ball into the box back to Emanuelson whose goalwards shot hit Cristian Zaccardo`s arm and the referee pointed to the spot.

Ibrahimovic sent Antonio Mirante the wrong way and the visitors had a 17th-minute lead.

It could have been worse for Parma as Mirante failed to hold Ibrahimovic`s stinging free-kick but Emanuelson volleyed the bouncing ball high over the bar.

Parma did have their moments and a Gabriel Palletta header deflected off Thiago Silva before hitting the bar with Christian Abbiati well beaten.

Ibrahimovic should have had a second when a ricochet sent him clean through but he took a heavy touch allowing Mirante to charge out and clear the danger.

AFP (PTI)

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