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SERIEA : Di Natale’s brace propels Udinese to top of Serie A

AP, MILAN, ITALY

Udinese took sole leadership of the Serie A standings after cruising to a 3-0 win over Novara Calcio on Sunday, thanks to two goals and an assist from Antonio Di Natale.

Di Natale broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute and Maurizio Domizzi doubled Udinese’s tally six minutes later when he headed in a corner at the near post.

Di Natale grabbed his sixth of the season four minutes into the second half with a stunning free-kick which Novara goalkeeper Alberto Maria Fontana could do nothing about.

Udinese move a point clear at the top of the table and they are now two points better off than third-placed Juventus, who drew 2-2 at home with Genoa on Saturday.

“I’m very happy with the result and our position in the table,” Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin said. “We had a good game today and deserved to win ... being top is great. We can do well if we continue as we are, with the same humility and generosity.”

SS Lazio are in second following their 2-0 victory at struggling Bologna.

The visiting side took the lead in the 23rd minute when the unfortunate Robert Acquafresca tried to clear Hernanes’ free-kick, but the Bologna striker only succeeded in diverting the ball into his own net.

Bologna had several chances to draw level, but they could find no way past Lazio goalkeeper Federico Marchetti.

Lazio doubled their advantage three minutes into the second half when Djibril Cisse sent Senad Lulic clear and the Bosnian made no mistake when one-on-one with Bologna goalkeeper Federico Agliardi.

Cagliari are three points off top spot following their goalless draw with Napoli.

Either team could have won the game in a lively first half which saw both sides hit the woodwork twice.

Inter ground out a 1-0 victory at home to Chievo Verona.

Thiago Motta headed home Wesley Sneijder’s corner to hand Inter only their second win in seven league games.

AS Roma also secured a narrow 1-0 win and their victory over Palermo moves them into the top half of the table.

Erik Manuel Lamela scored the only goal of the game in the seventh minute and Roma clung on desperately to take all three points.

Roma goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg pulled off several stunning saves, notably from Fabrizio Miccoli in stoppage-time, to secure the victory.

Cesena remain rooted to the bottom of the standings after losing 2-0 at AC Siena.

Pablo Gonzalez scored in the 10th minute and, after Cesena midfielder Antonio Candreva hit the post, Emanuele Calaio doubled Siena’s advantage eight minutes into the second half.

Elsewhere, a brace from Maxi Moralez secured Atalanta BC a 2-1 win at Parma.

All the goals came in the second half, with substitute Jaime Valdes’ strike 10 minutes from time proving no more than a consolation for Parma.

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