Contrasting wins for SSC Napoli and Inter kept them hard on the heels of leaders Juventus in Serie A on Sunday, but ACF Fiorentina lost ground after being held at home by improving UC Sampdoria.
Napoli had a thumping 5-1 win over bottom club Delfino Pescara 1936, but Inter scraped an unconvincing 1-0 victory at home to US Citta di Palermo.
Two goals each by Gokhan Inler and Edinson Cavani, one from the penalty spot, helped Walter Mazzarri’s Napoli stay two points behind Juve, who defeated local rivals Torino 3-0 on Saturday.
Inter are four points behind Juve on 31 after ending a run of three games without a win thanks to an own-goal by Palermo’s Santiago Garcia.
Stefan Savic scored both Fiorentina goals in a 2-2 draw which earned a point after Nenad Krsticic and a Gonzalo Rodriguez own-goal had seen Sampdoria equalize and then take the lead. Savic’s goals were his first in Serie A.
“Honestly, I’m happy with our position, it’s a shame that it’s not the end of the season now, or at least within a couple of games,” Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella told reporters. “We came up against a Sampdoria side that caused us problems and while we weren’t brilliant, we had enough opportunities to win.”
Fiorentina are in fourth place, level on 29 points with SS Lazio and two behind Inter, as Samp moved up to 12th.
Lazio are six points off the pace in fourth spot after beating Parma 2-1 thanks to a 25th-minute effort from defender Giuseppe Biava and Miroslav Klose’s ninth league goal of the season.
Ishak Belfodil pulled one back for Parma in the 66th minute, converting the rebound after his penalty was saved.
AS Roma are sixth after coming back from a goal down to win 3-1 at lowly AC Siena.
Two goals from rejuvenated former Siena striker Mattia Destro and one by Simone Perrotta gave Zdenek Zeman’s side a deserved victory in a match where they missed a hatfull of chances.
A first-half hat-trick by Alberto Paloschi and a last-minute tap-in by Adrian Stoian gave AC Chievo Verona a 4-2 victory at fellow strugglers Genoa and their first away points of the season.
Genoa’s fourth straight home defeat left them in the bottom three on 12 points, only one ahead of Pescara.
Bologna beat Atalanta BC 2-1 thanks to a deflected free-kick from Alessandro Diamanti in the 16th minute and a second-half goal from former Atalanta player Manolo Gabbiadini, while Udinese stayed in midtable despite a 4-1 rout of Cagliari.
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