An action-packed weekend also saw Lazio resume winning ways against plucky Siena, while Pescara recorded back-to-back successes with their first points away from home at Cagliari
Round 6 Results
|Udinese could only muster a goalless draw with Genoa at the Friuli on Sunday, as they looked lost for ideas in attack without captain Antonio Di Natale.
The talisman was dropped to the substitutes' bench for the visit of the Ligurians following a bust-up with coach Francesco Guidolin, who was quick to add before the match that they had cleared the air, and his absence was keenly felt.
They had the best chance of the game just two minutes in through Danilo, but the Brazilian's header from a corner came crashing off the upright, while Diego Fabbrini also came close in an otherwise scrappy encounter which will not live long in the memory.
The Zebrette have notched up just six points in six matches and find themselves 15th. Genoa, meanwhile, pick up a successive point and are placed ninth.
|Torino produced a scintillating second-half performance at the Azzurri d'Italia on Sunday to trounce Atalanta 5-1 and inflict a second straight defeat on the Orobici.
Yet it was the hosts who took the lead on 28 minutes through German Denis, who collected Riccardo Cazzola's pass and struck the ball past Jean-Francois Gillet. However, Giacomo Bonaventura's clear handball in the box allowed Rolando Bianchi to grab the equaliser from the penalty spot.
The incident marked the turning point of the match, as Torino flew out of the traps immediately after the restart. A corner was headed home by Alessandro Gazzi soon enough, before Alen Stevanovic applied the finish on Alessio Cerci's cross not long after the hour mark.
There was still time to deepen Atalanta's woes, as Danilo D'Ambrosio made it 4-1 from a free header, and with little under 15 minutes to go, Rolando Bianchi saw a shot strike the bar and cross the line to complete the rout in Bergamo.
The Granata are now sixth in the Serie A table, but the home team flounder in 15th place.
|Bologna ended a run of two games without victory in style by coasting to a 4-0 win over Catania at the Dell'Ara on Sunday.
Former Sevilla midfielder Tiberio Guarente took advantage of Alberto Gilardino's headed lay-off to break the deadlock, before Gyorgy Garics once again served as his side's provider, picking out Gilardino for his first of the afternoon.
The Rossoblu were in a commanding position by the end of the first-half, and on the hour mark, Alessandro Diamanti beat the offside trap to float in a ball for Gilardino, who glanced past Mariano Andujar. The visitors' bad day wascompounded soon after when Ciro Capuano was given a straight red card.
And deep in injury-time, Panagiotis Kone tapped an easy finish following more good work from Diamanti, as Bologna climbed to 12th in Serie A, with Catania dropping to 10th.
|Pescara survived a late goal to eventually hang onto an impressive 2-1 away win over Cagliari on Sunday and extend their unbeaten run to three games.
The match served as the long-awaited inauguration of the Is Arenas following last weekend's failure to host Roma, which was marred by Sardinians' president Massimo Cellino unsuccessfully overruling the local authorities' decision to play the fixture behind closed doors on security grounds.
Still, it seems that the Rossoblu still need to acclimatise to their new surroundings. Christian Terlizzi struck the first goal inside the new stadium five minutes after the restart, albeit with a hefty touch of luck as his strike needed two deflections to beat Michael Agazzi.
More bad news ensued for Cagliari, as they went a man down through Luca Rossettini, and the points were bagged by Pescara with 10 minutes remaining. Vladimir Weiss maintained his promising start to life in Serie A by finishing off a sweeping counterattack.
Terlizzi conceded a late penalty, which Mauricio Pinilla made no mistake with, but the result keeps Cagliari bottom and without a win this term. The Delfini, however, soar to 13th.
|Lazio made sure that they put an end to their recent poor form with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Siena at the Olimpico.
The Biancocelesti had lost their last two Serie A games, raising question marks over their ambitions for a top-three spot, but their cause was boosted significantly by Ederson's first goal for the club - a header from a corner.
And when Siena goalkeeper Gianluca Pegolo brought down Miroslav Klose on the 37th minute, Cristian Ledesma netted the subsequent penalty, which proved the match-winner as Massimo Paci made for a tense ending in injury-time.
The win moves Vladimir Petkovic's men to fourth, but the Tuscans reside in a lowly 19th place.
|Palermo finally got their season off the mark as they eased to an impressive 4-1 win against Chievo - their first of the campaign and under the management of Gian Piero Gasperini.
The Rosanero took the lead inside 13 minutes through captain fantastic Fabrizio Miccoli, who curled in a magnificent free-kick. However, the visitors temporarily restored parity through Marco Rigoni directly from a corner-kick.
Nonetheless, Miccoli was in no mood to see his side surrender yet more points, and his mazy dribble resulted in a fine second on the hour mark, and he played a huge role in Luigi Giorgi's strike with only 10 minutes left to seal the victory.
Miccoli's virtuoso showing was capped off with a spectacular third of the afternoon, slamming a volley home late on. And while Franco Brienza's second yellow card may have taken some of the gloss off the result, Palermo move 17th, but Chievo drop to 18th.
|Napoli ensured they kept up with pace-setters Juventus at the top of Serie A by scraping a 1-0 win at Sampdoria on Sunday.
However, the victory was not as clear cut as the southerners would have liked. To begin with, coach Walter Mazzarri was given his marching orders at the end of the first-half after protesting at officials over a rash tackle by Pedro Obiang.
Still, justice was served in the eyes of the trainer, as Daniele Gastaldello was too sent off for unfairly bringing down Marek Hamsik. It was the defender's second yellow card, and it allowed Edinson Cavani to continue his prolific start to the season from 12 yards out.
The visitors stay second, tied on 16 points with Juve, following the win, but Sampdoria have now not prospered in their last three and are in fifth place.