Lazio stunned, Napoli fail to win

A review of the weekend's action in the Italian Serie A, including Lazio's heavy defeat to Catania.

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Catania's Alejandro Gomez celebrates against Lazio

Catania's Alejandro Gomez celebrates against Lazio

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A review of the weekend's action in the Italian Serie A, including victory for Inter Milan at Juventus.

Juventus and Inter Milan will breathe easier on Sunday night after Napoli missed the chance to put pressure on them at the top of Serie A.

Napoli looked set to close the gap to three and two points respectively when they led Torino by a an Edinson Cavani goal to nil, but Salvatore Aronica's slip in injury time allowed Gianluca Sansone to level.

Another side to miss a trick on Sunday were Lazio, who lost their top-four place on the back of a 4-0 drubbing at in-form Catania.

Alejandro Gomez led the way as the home side earned their fourth win in six outings at home, opening the scoring before Francesco Lodi added a second from the spot.

Catania were out of sight after 28 minutes when Gomez netted from close range and the Argentinian teed up Pablo Barrientos to seal the rout after the interval.

The Roman club were overtaken by Fiorentina, who ensured Ivo Pulga was given a reminder of the harsh realities of life in Serie A as his successful start to life in charge of Cagliari was halted by a 4-1 loss.

Pulga is an icon in Sardinia as a result of his playing days and has done little to change that since taking the managerial reins from Massimo Ficcadenti last month, winning his first four games in charge.

But La Viola put a stop to that in resounding fashion on Sunday, with goals from Gonzalo, Stevan Jovetic, Luca Toni and Juan Cuadrado putting them into fourth place. Federico Casarini had equalised for Cagliari, who left the Stadio Artemio Franchi with their bubble well and truly burst.

Roma reacted to recent criticism after suffering back-to-back defeats with a clinical 4-1 win over Palermo at the Stadio Olimpico.

Francesco Totti put the Giallorossi ahead in the 11th minute and further goals from Pablo Osvaldo, Erik Lamela and Mattia Destro sealed a comfortable three points.

Josip Ilicic grabbed a consolation after Destro was sent off, but the win was never in any doubt and could have been even greater as Roma continued to push forward.

There was relief for Pescara as they picked up their first win in a month, beating Parma 2-0 at the Stadio Ennio Tardini.

Elvis Abbruscato's first goal of the season and a late second from Vladimir Weiss was enough for coach Giovanni Stroppa, allowing the home side to ease the pressure on him with just a second home success of the season.

Quality was in short supply in Siena but the hosts worried little about that as they kept Genoa entrenched in a relegation battle.

The basement side won 1-0 thanks to Massimo Paci's strike, leaving Luigi Del Neri without a win in charge of the Rossoblu, who occupy the first spot away from safety and are now just three points clear of their conquerors.

All the pressure Del Neri will be feeling will be shared by Sampdoria coach Ciro Ferrara, whose players suffered a sixth successive loss on Sunday, losing 2-1 at home to Atalanta.

Giacomo Bonaventura gave the visitors the lead in the second minute, but Enzo Maresca levelled for the Blucerchiati early in the second half.

Giuseppe De Luca put the Bergamese side in front again in the 76th minute and they withstood a late rally from Samp to take all three points at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

Bologna remain in the bottom three after sharing two goals in a home draw with Udinese, with Italy internationals Alessandro Diamanti and Antonio Di Natale trading second-half strikes.

Inter Milan brought an end to Juventus' 49-game unbeaten run in Serie A with a 3-1 victory at the Juventus Stadium, where the Bianconeri had never lost a game before.

Arturo Vidal's goal after 19 seconds served only to inspire Inter, who turned the game around in the second half to move to within a point of Juve at the top of the table.

Diego Milito was on target twice for Andrea Stramaccioni's side before Rodrigo Palacio sealed Inter's seventh win in a row in the last minute.

AC Milan built up some much-needed self-confidence ahead of an important Champions League tie with Malaga on Tuesday thanks to a 5-1 win over Chievo.

Urby Emanuelson opened the scoring in the 16th minute, although the lead lasted only two minutes before Sergio Pellissier levelled.

Riccardo Montolivo and Bojan Krkic gave Milan a comfortable half-time lead before their top goalscorer Stephan El Shaarawy got his customary goal in the 75th minute.

Giampaolo Pazzini added a fifth to wrap up victory with the last kick of the game.


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