Roma reduced Inter's lead at the top of Serie A to six points after defeating Palermo 4-1 for their ninth straight win, while Sampdoria went fourth after a 2-0 triumph over Fiorentina.
Roma 4-1 Palermo
Roma moved back up to second place in Serie A with an emphatic 4-1 victory over Palermo. Having dropped down the standings after AC Milan beat Udinese on Friday, the Giallorossi wasted no time in taking the place back. With the aid of a deflection, Matteo Brighi volleyed in a corner on 33 minutes and then turned provider shortly after the break for Julio Baptista. Brighi scored his second of the night just past the hour mark before a dubious 80th-minute penalty from Fabrizio Miccoli gave the fifth-placed vistors hope. However, a stunning strike from John-Arne Riise three minutes later secured the win for Claudio Ranieri's in-form side.
Sampdoria 2-0 Fiorentina
Sampdoria's fourth win in a row lifted them to fourth in the Serie A table as they downed an out-of-sorts Fiorentina 2-0, with goals coming from two former Viola players. Franco Semioli put the Blucerchiati on their way to victory after 16 minutes and Giampaolo Pazzini sealed the win five minutes before the break. The result left Fiorentina languishing in 11th position and struggling for form ahead of a testing Champions League tie against Bayern Munich on Wednesday. The Viola's best-laid plans for Samp were ruined within the first 16 minutes when first, Alessandro Gamberini was carried off on a stretcher after just 10 minutes before, three minutes later, Mario Santana also limped off.
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