Serie A Round 34 Results: Mixed fortunes in Champions League race as Napoli end winless run while Udinese and Lazio continue to stutter

Elsewhere on the peninsula, Genoa's match with Siena was temporarily stopped after ultras made their way onto the Marassi, while there were important wins for Parma and Catania
Chievo 0-0 Udinese

Udinese have now only once in their past eight Serie A matches after they could only manage a goalless draw against Chievo at the Bentegodi on Sunday.

However, despite the scoreline, it was a game which swung constantly back and forth in each side's favour, as firstly it was the Flying Donkeys who began the strongest. Dario Dainelli and Rinaldo Cruzado came close early on for the hosts.

It seemingly gave the Friuliani the impetus to break back into contention as Paulo Barreto saw a strike whistle just wide of the post, before Pablo Armero fired off-target, but suddenly Chievo regained their momentum and won a penalty.

Samir Handanovic brought down Cyril Thereau in the box, but the Frenchman was unable to beat the Zebrette No.1 from six yards out, as a score draw proved the most fitting outcome. Udinese remain fourth but three points behind Lazio, while Chievo further solidfy their place in mid-table.
Parma 3-0 Cagliari

Parma's recent resurgence in Serie A is still going strong after recording an impressive 3-0 victory against Cagliari to make it three wins in four for the Gialloblu.

But for all of the hosts' good work, Sebastian Giovinco was once more the instigator for his team, having scored the opening goal after 20 minutes via a free kick from 20 yards out, albeit helped on by a deflection from Francesco Pisano.

Roberto Donadoni's men then had to wait until midway through the second half to reinforce their lead. Jonathan was felled in the box by Radja Nainggolan. Sergio Floccari stepped up and tucked away the penalty to make it 2-0 with 15 minutes left on the clock.

And a third was soon in sight, as Stefano Okaka won a penalty off Michel Agazzi. The striker then proceeded to bury the spot kick and push his team to 11th in the league standings. Cagliari, meanwhile, have lost six of their last nine and drop to 16th.
Napoli 2-0 Novara

Napoli look to have rescued their faltering bid for a Champions League place after comfortably sweeping aside Novara 2-0 at the San Paolo on Saturday.

A dominant display from the Partenopei against Attilio Tesser's struggling outfit could prove to be just the vital boost they needed with five games to go in the Serie A calendar, although the hosts may be disappointed only two of their 25 attempts counted for something.

Nonetheless, a poor backpass from Ivan Radovanovic got the ball rolling for Napoli on 21 minutes, as the former Atalanta man put goalkeeper Samir Ujkani under pressure. The shot stopper's sliced clearance fell to Blerim Dzemaili, who teed up Edinson Cavani for 1-0.

They made it 2-0 16 minutes later. Cavani again was involved, seeing his strike saved by Ujkani, before dropping into the path of Paolo Cannavaro, who smashed the ball home without fail to seal all three points for Napoli.

Walter Mazzarri's side move fifth, just four points behind Lazio in third, while Novara are 11 points adrift with time now running out for the visitors to stage an unlikely survival tilt.
Catania 2-0 Atalanta


Catania ended a run of four games without victory, and two straight defeats, after consigning Atalanta to a 2-0 loss at the Angelo Massimino on Sunday.

The win puts the hosts firmly back in contention for a Europa League place, as they now lie within three points of Inter and four points of Roma, and coach Vincenzo Montella will be delighted to see his players return to form at such a crucial time in the season.

Francesco Lodi has been one of Serie A's most creative players this season, and he added a further assist to his name against the Orobici, laying off Alejandro Gomez to break the deadlock in the encounter on 30 minutes.

Catania doubled their advantage, but not until five minutes from the final whistle. Felipe Seymour fired a powerful strike past Andrea Consigli to keep his side in eight, while Atalanta sit in 14th but look a safe enough bet to stay up this season.
Fiorentina 0-0 Inter

AC Milan 1-1 Bologna

Lazio 1-1 Lecce

Lazio remain in the last Champions League spot but by the skin of their teeth after a late Lecce goal earned the Salentini a 1-1 draw at the Via del Mare on Sunday to boost their survival hopes.

The match exploded into life with eight minutes to spare, as the Biancocelesti appeared to have scored the winner through Matuzalem. The Brazilian midfielder met Lionel Scaloni's cross with his head and put the ball beyond Massimiliano Benassi.

Three points looked to be on their way to the Olimpico, but Juan Cuadrado's good work allowed Valeri Bojinov to net an all-important equaliser for Lecce deep in injury time to put his team now only one point off salvation in Serie A, while Lazio stay third but only three points clear.
Cesena 2-2 Palermo

Palermo are now unbeaten in four away matches, but will be disappointed to have let Cesena come away with a 2-2 draw on Sunday having dominated much of the play against the Seahorses.

Nicolas Bertolo put the Rosanero ahead on 20 minutes thanks to Ezequiel Munoz's cross following a break, but minutes later Mario Santana exerted revenge over his former employers with a fine solo goal, having overcome five white shirts before taking aim at Francesco Antoniolo.

Cesena went 2-1 up two minutes later through Vincenzo Rennella's volleyed strike past Emiliano Viviano, but Matias Silvestre nodded in Fabrizio Miccoli's corner on the stroke of half time to ensure Bortolo Mutti's side earned a point on their travels once more.

Palermo sit 12th in the standings, while Cesena's expected relegation is yet to be confirmed, but are all-but-certain to see their dropping out of the division ratified on Wednesday.
Genoa 1-4 Siena

A quite incredible match at the Marassi saw Siena demolish a below-par Genoa 4-1, but the fixture will be remembered for the antics of the Grifoni supporters rather than the result.

The dramatic afternoon began on 17 minutes - Franco Brienza capitalising on a poor piece of Rossoblu defending - before just two minutes later, Mattia Destro completed a double-goal salvo using his head to divert the ball home.

Brienza bagged a second of the game shortly after to make it 3-0 to Siena with just 37 minutes played. Grossi teed up the pacy winger, who proceeded to apply a clinical finish past Sebastian Frey, and Luigi Giorgi completed the rout early in the second half.

However, that was to be the last of the action for a while, as Genoa supporters forced the match to be halted. The club's ultras made the players to remove their shirts and hand them over, causing police and president Enrico Preziosi to intervene, but around half an hour later, play resumed.

Their actions seemed to create a positive impact on the team, as they did not concede for the remaining 37 minutes of the encounter, while Siena's Cristiano Del Grosso even scored an own goal to give the hosts a goal to speak of.
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