Champions Juventus maintained their charge to yet another Serie A title with a commanding 4-0 win over 10-man Udinese, who saw Danilo shown a red card on the 25th minute. Goals from Alex Sandro, Sami Khedira and a brace from Paulo Dybala made sure Juve are two points adrift of leaders Napoli, who also won the weekend.
Napoli, also in the hunt for the title, beat Sassuolo 3-1 in Naples courtesy of goals from Jose Callejon and a brace from Gonzalo Higuain. Sassuolo however opened the scoring after just three minutes through Diego Falcinelli but they failed to hold on.
AS Roma, fresh from sacking Rudi Garcia could only manage a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Olimpico against Verona to keep them farther off the chase for the title as they currently occupy fifth with 35 points, nine behind Napoli at the top.
The inconsistent AC Milan defeated Fiorentina 2-0 at the Guiseppe Meazza to move into sixth place. Goals from Carlos Bacca and the returnee Kevin Prince Boateng were enough to put them through.
It was an interesting encounter in Bologna as goals from Mattia Destro and Emmanuele Giacherini for the home side were canceled by strikes from Lucas Biglia and Antonio Candreva for Lazio to end the game at 2-2. Adam Masina was sent off for Bologna.
Nigerian striker Jerry Mbakogu scored his first Serie A goal as Carpi beat Samdoria 2-1 over the weekend. Lollo put the lowly Carpi ahead, but Joaquin Correa equalized for the visitors, before Mbakogu scored a penalty to help Carpi to a win.
Genoa put four past Palermo to put them in 16th place on the table. It was a much needed win for the hosts and goals from Suso, Rincon and a brace from Pavoletti ensure no points were dropped.
Meanwhile, it was a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi as Chievo Verona were held by Empoli. Both sides now occupy the eighth and 10th positions in Serie A.
It was a similar story Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia as Atalanta played out a 1-1 draw against Inter Milan. One own goal each from both sides meant none of them would go home victors. The story was however different in Torino, as they scored four, just like city neighbours, Juventus, against Frosinone, but unlike Juve, the conceded twice.
As it stands now after 20 games, Napoli are leaders with 44 points, while Juventus are only two points behind. Inter Milan and Fiorentina make up the top four with 40 and 38 points respectively.
And at the bottom of the table, Verona are rock bottom with only nine points, and almost look set for life in Serie B next season. Frosinone are second from bottom with 15 points, while Carpi, with 17 points, occupy the final relegation spot.