Serie A Table 2013 Week 17: Updated Standings Following Matchday 16

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVDecember 14, 2013

BOLOGNA, ITALY - DECEMBER 06:  Alessandro Diamanti of Bologna FC in action during the Serie A match between Bologna FC and Juventus at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara on December 6, 2013 in Bologna, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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The best of Serie A got even better over Matchday 15 when Juventus and AS Roma continued to distance themselves from the rest of the pack.

With a 2-0 victory over Bologna on Dec. 7, Juventus continued their streak as defending champions en route to what would be a third straight title in Italy's top division of world football.

But despite improving to 13-1-1 heading into Matchday 16, they have some company at the top. Just three points back are Roma, who are looking to quickly erase memories of a sixth-place finish in last year's table by climbing all the way to the top of the league. They head into the weekend after disposing of Fiorentina 2-1 in an impressive showing.

The 18 other clubs in Serie A are looking up at them, with Napoli—five points back of second-place Roma—posing as the biggest competition to the two-headed monster at the top of the table.

Here's a look at the updated table for Matchday 16 and the fixtures schedule.

Serie A Table: Matchday 16
2AS Roma1611502438
5Inter Milan167721728
6Hellas Verona16826226
10AC Milan16475019
16Chievo Verona16439-615
Serie A Matchday 16 Fixtures
Dec. 14Catania0-0Hellas Verona
Dec. 15Udinese0-2Torino
Dec. 15Fiorentina3-0Bologna
Dec. 15Chievo0-1Sampdoria
Dec. 15Genoa1-1Atalanta
Dec. 15Parma0-0Cagilari
Dec. 15Lazio2-0Livorno
Dec. 15Juventus4-0Sassuolo
Dec. 15Napoli4-2Inter
Dec. 16Milan2-2Roma

Update: Monday, Dec. 16 at 4:55 p.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

TURIN, ITALY - OCTOBER 06:  Sulley Ali Muntari of AC Milan in action during the Serie A match between Juventus and AC Milan at Juventus Arena on October 6, 2013 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

Milan and Roma played to a 2-2 draw in Monday's lone match. Roma took a 2-1 lead moments into the second half on a Kevin Strootman penalty strike, but were unable to hold on down the stretch as Sulley Ali Muntari equalized for Milan in the 77th minute.

In addition to Mario Balotelli and Strootman, Muntari was arguably the best player on the pitch on Monday, recording five tackles, winning a majority of his challenges and capitalizing on his big chance late in the game. 

The draw brings Milan up to 10th in the league table and keeps Roma in second, five points back of league leaders Juventus.

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Update: Sunday, Dec. 15 at 7:44 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

TURIN, ITALY - DECEMBER 15:  Carlos Tevez of Juventus celebrates his second goal during the Serie A match between Juventus and US Sassuolo Calcio at Juventus Arena on December 15, 2013 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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Juventus ensured they would leave Week 16 with the top of the La Liga table all to themselves by earning a 4-0 win over Sassuolo at Juventus Stadium on Sunday. 

Carlos Tevez netted a hat trick in the match to help his side pull out the win over 17th-place Sassuolo. 

In other Sunday action, Napoli downed Inter, 4-2. Milan's Yuto Nagatomo netted a goal in extra time in the first half to send the match into halftime with Milan trailing, 3-2. 

Napoli turned on the defensive clamps in the second half and earned the win. That pushes them to 35 points on the season as Milan is stuck on 28 and is now in fifth place. 

They were passed over for fourth by Fiorentina. Vincenzo Montella's men earned three points with a 3-0 win over Bologna in a home match they dominated from start to finish. 

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Catania 0-0 Hellas Verona

CATANIA, ITALY - DECEMBER 14:  Gino Peruzzi (L) of Catania competes for the ball with Juan Gomez of Hellas Verona during the Serie A match between Calcio Catania and Hellas Verona at Stadio Angelo Massimino on December 14, 2013 in Catania, Italy.  (Photo
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One of many teams fighting for those top spots behind Juventus and Roma is Hellas Verona, but they slipped up in a huge opportunity to gain some ground on Saturday by drawing against Catania.

Still the bottom dwellers of Serie A with a last-place 10 points, Catania controlled things from the get-go. But despite a 56 percent advantage in possession and five more shots on goal, Catania could not pull off the victory, and no winner was netted.

With a win, Verona would have moved into a tie for fourth with Inter at 28 points and put some heat on the league's top clubs. Instead, they got off just one shot on goal and were unable to mount much of an offensive attack against the league's worst team. 

Catania won't complain about the result. Even though the squad eyed three points and got dangerously close at times, it was still just the sixth time in 16 appearances that they secured a point.