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Roundup: Juve cut the gap at top in Italy

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  • Juventus step up Italian title bid with 4-1 thrashing of AS Roma
  • Marseille go top in France with 2-0 win over Nantes ahead of Sunday's games
  • Rangers held 2-2 by Hearts in Scotland to miss chance to leapfrog Celtic
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(CNN) -- Juventus moved to within four points of Serie A leaders Inter Milan with a 4-1 thrashing of AS Roma in the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday night.

Nedved scored Juve's fourth in their thrashing of Roma in Serie A.

Nedved scored Juve's fourth in their thrashing of Roma in Serie A.

Juve took the lead through Vincenzo Iaquinta in the 34th minute only for Simone Loria to equalize three minutes after half-time.

But Iaquinta put them ahead for the second time with a 56th minute strike before Olof Melberg and Pavel Nedved completed the rout.

Juventus, who have played a game more, move to 62 points with Inter on 66.

Defeat seriously undermines Roma's bid for a Champions League spot, still trailing fourth-placed Genoa by two points.

In Saturday's other match in Italy, Catania beat Lazio 1-0 with Michele Paolucci scoring a 27th minute winner.

In the French League, Marseille are the new leaders after a 2-0 victory over Nantes, moving two points clear of Bordeaux and champions Lyon with 55 points from 29 games.

Argentine defender Renato Civelli put Marseille ahead in the 55th minute and Brazilian striker Brandao added the second three minutes later.

Bordeaux enjoyed a 3-0 win over Le Havre to keep pace at the top.

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France international Yoann Gourcuff opened the scoring in the 12th minute with Souleymane Diawara heading home for the second. Geraldo Wendel sealed the win late on.

Champions Lyon, who are also on 53 points, host Sochaux on Sunday with fourth-placed Paris St.Germain at Toulouse.

Rangers missed the chance to remove arch Glasgow rivals Celtic from top spot in Scotland as they were held to a 2-2 home draw by Hearts.

Rangers led 2-0 to first half goals by Kyle Lafferty and Barry Ferguson.

But third-placed Hearts grabbed a point as Christos Karipidis and Ruben Palazuelos scored so Celtic can extend their lead to five points by beating Dundee United on Sunday.

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