No trouble for Roma in Verona
A review of the weekend's action in the Italian Serie A.
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Roma moved to within six points of Serie A leaders Juventus as they claimed a comfortable 3-1 victory over Hellas Verona at the Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi.
Goals from Adem Ljaljic, Gervinho and Francesco Totti handed the away side the points as Emil Hallfredsson's second-half equaliser proved not enough for Verona.
The Giallorossi recorded a 1-0 victory over Juve in the Coppa Italia in midweek and made it their fifth win in succession, condemning Verona to their third straight league defeat.
Substitute Giampaolo Pazzini left it late to score his first Serie A goal of the season and complete a dramatic 2-1 comeback victory for AC Milan at Cagliari.
The Italy striker only returned to the team in December following a long injury lay-off and, minutes after Mario Balotelli cancelled out Marco Sau's first-half opener with a free-kick, Pazzini was on hand to knock home from a corner.
A solitary goal from Amauri earned red-hot Parma a narrow but deserved 1-0 success over struggling Udinese.
Amauri's header in the 35th minute handed the Crociati their fourth straight league win, lifting the club to seventh in the table, where they are just one point adrift of fifth-placed Inter Milan.
However, Udinese's fourth consecutive loss has left the team in 15th and only three points clear of the drop zone.
Inter Milan endured another frustrating afternoon as basement boys Catania held them to a goalless draw at San Siro.
The Nerazzurri went into the contest looking for their first win in 2014 and had their chances but lacked a finishing touch.
The closest Inter came to taking three points was seven minutes from time when Rolando's header was kept out by Catania goalkeeper Alberto Frison.
The first hat-trick of Alberto Aquilani's career was not quite enough to edge Fiorentina past Genoa in a thrilling 3-3 draw at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
The attacking midfielder is not known for his goalscoring ability, but twice pegged Genoa back after Alberto Gilardino and Luca Antonini netted for the visitors.
Aquilani reached a personal milestone when giving fourth-placed Fiorentina the lead for the first time shortly after the break, but Sebastian De Maio scored midway through the second half to rescue a share of the points from a 3-3 draw.
Vincenzo Montella's Tuscans therefore missed the chance to close to within a point of third-placed Napoli, while Genoa remain without an away league win since November and sit 11th in the table.
Ciro Immobile missed a late penalty, but an earlier spot-kick from Alessio Cerci was enough to see Torino clinch a 1-0 victory over 10-man Atalanta.
The Granata climbed to sixth in the table with a fifth win from eight games thanks to Cerci, who won and converted a penalty on the hour mark at the Stadio Olimpico.
Mid-table Atalanta offered little by way of response until the final stages and would live to regret not snatching a late equaliser given Immobile squandered the chance to double Torino's advantage.
A last-gasp goal from Alessandro Diamanti earned relegation-threatened Bologna a share of the points from a 1-1 draw with Sampdoria at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.
The Rossoblu remain winless under new coach Davide Ballardini, who replaced Stefano Pioli earlier this month, but the point earned in Genoa puts a chink of daylight between them and 18th-placed Sassuolo.
Samp were poised to climb the table having taken the lead through Manolo Gabbiadini after an hour's play, but Sinisa Mihajlovic was ultimately unable to deliver the fourth Serie A win of his tenure.
Livorno ended a five-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over Sassuolo to give Domenico Di Carlo a perfect start as coach of the Tuscan outfit.
Di Carlo replaced Attilio Perotti earlier this week and the change in command paid immediate dividends.
Goals from Leandro Greco, Paulinho and Marco Benassi handed the Amaranto a 3-0 lead after 26 minutes played.
Sassuolo's Domenico Berardi reduced the deficit before the half-hour mark from the penalty spot but the hosts held on to claim their fourth win of the campaign.
On Saturday, Juventus' remarkable winning run finally ground to a halt at Lazio but they did well to force a 1-1 draw after losing veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to an early red card.
The Bianconeri, who are targeting a third straight Scudetto win, have streaked clear by winning 12 games in a row but a 13th straight victory would elude them in the capital city.
Buffon, 35, appeared out of sorts in the early exchanges and soon left his team at a real disadvantage when fouling Miroslav Klose to concede the penalty gratefully converted by Antonio Candreva.
For a long time Lazio seemed destined to claim their third win in four games but Fernando Llorente denied them, sparing Juve's blushes with a clever header that sent one of the points back to Turin.
Raul Albiol's last-gasp goal rescued a 1-1 draw for wasteful Napoli and denied struggling Chievo their first Serie A win of the new year.
The ambitious southerners have a particularly poor recent record against Chievo, who find themselves struggling to avoid relegation once again, and the bizarre trend looked set to continue when Gennaro Sardo scored early on.
An abysmal miss from Gonzalo Higuain set the tone for Napoli's frustrating evening, with Dries Mertens particularly profligate at the Stadio San Paolo, yet Spanish defender Albiol finally nicked a late goal to stop Chievo claiming a fifth win from eight recent encounters between the clubs.