Serie A

Lazio, Roma cruise to victories

AS Roma midfielder Michael Bradley
AS Roma midfielder Michael Bradley is thrilled with his goal against Atalanta.
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Napoli and Juventus remain locked together at the top of Serie A after winning their respective games on Sunday.

Napoli's was a hard-earned 2-1 triumph over Udinese at the Stadio San Paolo, with Marek Hamsik and Goran Pandev scoring either side of Giampiero Pinzi's equaliser for a Udinese side who continue to struggle.

Juve also had to do it tough, emerging from their clash at Siena with a win by the same scoreline.

Andrea Pirlo gave the Bianconeri the lead with an early free-kick, but the Old Lady were pegged back in first-half stoppage time by Emanuele Calaio's equaliser.

However, the visitors refused to settle for the draw and secured all three points five minutes from time when Claudio Marchisio volleyed home the winner.

Pescara's mini-revival was ended in emphatic fashion as Lazio ran out comfortable 3-0 winners in Sunday afternoon's Serie A encounter at Stadio Adriatico.

SERIE A RESULTS

 
Saturday, October 20
Home Road
Juventus 2-0 Napoli
Lazio 3-2 AC Milan
Sunday, October 21
Cagliari 1-0 Bologna
Atalanta 2-1 Siena
Chievo 1-1 Fiorentina
Inter 2-0 Catania
Palermo 0-0 Torino
Parma 2-1 Sampdoria
Udinese 1-0 Pescara
Genoa 2-4 Roma
More: Scores | Stats | Serie A
 

The hosts had won two and drawn one of their last three matches having opened the campaign with three straight defeats, but had no answers on Sunday as Lazio put them to the sword on the back of a rampant first-half display.

A Hernanes free-kick and a brace by Miroslav Klose had the match won inside 35 minutes for the capital club, who remain well on the coat-tails of the league leaders after securing a fifth win from seven games.

Roma bounced back from their 4-1 defeat to Juventus a week ago to pick up a 2-0 win over Atalanta at the Stadio Olimpico.

Erik Lamela and Michael Bradley got the goals as Zdenek Zeman's side responded to recent criticism to edge up the Serie A table.

It was not all easy going, though, and Atalanta were unfortunate not to go in front before the opening goal after half an hour, but their challenge faded after the hour mark when Bradley's goal left them with a mountain to climb.

As a result, the Nerazzurri were beaten for the second week in a row to remain in a precarious position near the foot of the table.

Stevan Jovetic's early goal earned Fiorentina a 1-0 victory at home to Bologna in Serie A on Sunday afternoon.

The Montenegrin forward tapped home from close range after the ball broke to him in the seventh minute.

Luca Toni also had an effort ruled out for offside as the hosts dominated proceedings.

The win lifted Fiorentina to the verge of the European places with Bologna still in mid-table.

Catania made it another trip to Sicily to forget for 10-man Parma as goals from Alejandro Gomez and Gonzalo Bergessio sealed a comfortable 2-0 victory.

Without a competitive win at the Stadio Angelo Massimino in their history, Parma were always facing an uphill battle to register their first win in five Serie A outings.

And they were stopped from doing so as early as the second minute when Gomez converted the first of endless counter-attacks from the Elefanti.

Yohan Benalouane's impetuous behaviour summed up an ill-disciplined display from Parma, who picked up seven yellow cards in total, and his late dismissal allowed Bergessio extra space and time to tap in a decisive second goal.

Ivo Pulga started started life in the Cagliari hot seat with victory - and a first of the season at that - as Nene's goal 16 minutes from time earned a 1-0 win overTorino.

Pulga is an iconic figure in Sardinia having been a back-to-back promotion winner as a player, and he was this week given the task of working some magic on the other side of the touchline following the dismissal of Massimo Ficcadenti.

That decision was taken owing to a horror start to the season, but president Massimo Cellino will be feeling somewhat happier as a result of Saturday's events at the Stadio Olimpico.

Nene struck after Davide Astori's shot had been saved, but it was not as though the goal was not deserved.

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