Fiorentina fell off the Serie A pace with a 1-0 defeat by Napoli but Juventus responded to Saturday victories for Inter and Sampdoria with a 1-0 win of their own against Siena. Elsewhere Livorno stunned Roma and an unlikely late brace helped Milan to three points.
Fiorentina 0-1 Napoli
Cristian Maggio scored the winner two minutes from time as Napoli claimed their first away win of the season to dent Fiorentina's title push. La Viola had emerged as a threat to Inter's Scudetto defence with four wins and one loss in their opening eight fixtures, but suffered a second loss of the campaign and are seven points behind the Nerazurri. The hosts looked the more likely victors until the final 10 minutes when Napoli striker Fabio Quagliarella saw a penalty saved and Maggio's strike came on the break as the visitors ended their poor away run, which had seen them lose the previous four, conceding 11 goals in the process.
Siena 0-1 Juventus
Juventus moved back to within four points of the Serie A summit by beating Siena 1-0 in Turin. Brazilian striker Amauri grabbed the only goal of an entertaining encounter after 72 minutes to hand Juve their fifth win in nine games. Siena's misery was compounded by news of other results which see Marco Giampaolo's side slip to the foot of the standings.
Chievo 1-2 Milan
Alessandro Nesta scored twice, including a stoppage-time winner, as AC Milan came from behind to beat Chievo 2-1. Giampiero Pinzi put the home side ahead in the seventh minute but Chievo were unable to hold onto their advantage and succumbed to some heavy late pressure. Nesta scored the equaliser after 81 minutes before heading home the winner deep in time added on. The outcome lifted Milan up to sixth position in the Serie A standings and left them seven points behind leaders and city rivals Inter.
Roma 0-1 Livorno
New Livorno boss Serse Cosmi enjoyed a dream start as his side stunned Roma to move off the foot of the Serie A table. Francesco Tavano grabbed the only goal of the contest five minutes before half-time as Livorno climbed above Siena after registering their first victory of the season. The win was all the more rewarding considering Livorno had to play with 10 men from the 65th minute following the sending-off of goalkeeper Alfonso De Lucia. De Lucia picked up two yellow cards in the space of a minute.
Palermo 1-0 Udinese
A late goal from Cesare Bovo was enough to see Palermo sneak past Udinese and claim their third successive victory in Serie A. The defender struck three minutes from time to ensure the points stayed at the Stadio Renzo Barbera as Palermo climbed to fourth in the standings. The result marked a third defeat in a row for Udinese, with coach Pasquale Marino beginning to feel the pressure.
Cagliari 3-2 Genoa
Genoa were beaten for the third time in a week as they twice threw away the lead before finishing with 10 men in a 3-2 defeat at Cagliari. A Daniele Dessena own goal put Genoa in front after 20 minutes, but Davide Biondini brought the hosts level 10 minutes into the second half. Sergio Floccari restored Genoa's advantage moments later, but Nene equalised from the penalty spot after Emiliano Moretti was shown a red card after 78 minutes. And Andrea Lazzari grabbed a winner with three minutes remaining to earn the Sardinians their first home win of the season and send Genoa crashing to yet another defeat after losing 5-0 to Inter last Saturday and 3-0 at Lille in the Europa League on Thursday.
Bari 2-0 Lazio
Goals from Paolo Barreto and Riccardo Meggiorini secured all three points for Bari as 10-man Lazio's Serie A misery continued. The Rome club have not won in the league since August 30 as their winless run stretched to seven games with this latest defeat, which took their tally to three defeats and four draws in that time. To make matters worse for the visitors they had substitute Ousmane Dabo sent off with eight minutes remaining. A clean sheet for Bari also kept their impressive defensive record to just five goals conceded in nine games since promotion to the top flight in the summer.
Atalanta 3-1 Parma
Atalanta picked up a belated first home win of the Serie A season with victory over Parma. Jaime Valdes put the hosts in front with a penalty two minutes before the break and Simone Tiribocchi doubled their advantage. Alberto Paloschi pulled one back for Parma just two minutes after coming off the bench, but Federico Peluso scored late on for Atalanta to seal a home win and back-to-back victories.
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