Serie A Round 33 Results: Novara stun Lazio as Napoli sweep aside Lecce to throw Champions League race wide open

In other matters on the peninsula, Palermo tumble down the table after suffering a narrow defeat to a resurgent Parma, while Cagliari ease their relegation troubles against Catania
Cagliari 3-0 Catania

Cagliari have given their survival hopes a massive boost after they registered an impressive 3-0 success over high-flying Catania at the Nereo Rocco on Tuesday.

Thiago Ribeiro got the ball rolling for the Sardinians inside 21 minutes, capitalising on poor defending from the visitors to put the ball beyond second-string goalkeeper Pietro Terracciano.

Massimo Ficcadenti's side remained in control of the match, but wasted several openings for much of what was left, but fortunately they faced a toothless Catania outfit, and they rediscovered their scoring touch with 10 minutes to go.

Victor Ibarbo was Cagliari's 'super-sub', after bullying the visitors' defence with his pace and power to break into the box and put the ball on a plate for Mauricio Pinilla to tap home for 2-0.

The rout was completed at the death, Ibarbo again catching the eye with a strong run at the Catania goal, before firing the ball past Terracciano to lift his team into 14th place, five points adrift. Catania, meanwhile, stay in eighth.
Atalanta 1-0 Chievo

Atalanta seem to have confirmed their place in next season's Serie A championship after picking up a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Chievo on Tuesday to make it two defeats in three for the Flying Donkeys.

It was a deserved win for the hosts, who have struggled for consistency of late to potentially put their chances of staying up at risk, but they were never truly threatened by Domenico Di Carlo's men throughout the encounter.

The winning strike came on 72 minutes as Maxi Moralez, as the diminutive Argentine met Ezequiel Schelotto's floated pass, before proceeding to smash the ball into the top-left corner with Stefano Sorrentino helpless.

Atalanta climb to 11th, eight points clear of the relegation spots, while Chievo sit in 12th, level on points with the Orobici.
Novara 2-1 Lazio

Lazio's quest for Champions League football next season has become a complicated affair after Novara recorded an excellent 2-1 victory at the Silvio Piola to bolster their own hopes of salvation.

Despite being against the run of play, the hosts took the lead thanks to Mobido Diakite's own goal. The defender attempted to clear his lines from a cross, but he ended up slicing the ball past Federico Marchetti on 35 minutes.

Howeever, only two minutes later, Lazio responded with an equaliser. Stefano Mauri's shot was parried away by Alberto Fontana, but the ball immediately met the head of Antonio Candreva, to put the two sides at equilibrium going into half time.

But Novara remained persistent and they finally reaped the rewards for their resolute display with a wonder strike from Giuseppe Mascara, who rifled home a free kick with only 10 minutes of play left to cut his sides' deficit to eight points. Lazio are now only a point clear in third.
Siena 1-1 Bologna

Nothing could separate either Siena or Bologna on Wednesday, as a 1-1 draw was to be the outcome at the Artemio Franchi in a closely-knit Serie A contest.

The Bianconeri thought they had grabbed the winner on 52 minutes via Gaetano D'Agostinos corner. Mattia Destro bagged his 10th goal of the season at the far post from Alessandro Gazzi's original attempt.

However, Alessandro Diamanti earned his side a valuable point with a magnificent free kick from distance to all-but-secure Bologna's top-flight status next season, while Siena join the visitors in enjoying mid-table safety.
Roma 0-1 Fiorentina

Udinese 1-3 Inter

Lecce 0-2 Napoli

Napoli were the biggest winners in the Champions League race on Wednesday after their 2-0 win over Lecce moves the Partenopei to within just a single point of Lazio in the Serie A table.

Marek Hamsik scored a spectacular opener inside five minutes from a volley on the edge of the box to break his team's duck and give them an early upper hand over the in-form Salentini.

Shortly after the interval, Edinson Cavani made it 2-0 after finishing off a classic Napoli counterattack to not only seal all three points for his side, but to also reach 100 goals in all competitions since arriving in Italy five years ago.

Napoli are now fourth in the standings, only one point off third place, while Lecce's hopes of staying up have taken a disappointing blow as they now await the outcome of Genoa's trip to AC Milan.
Parma 1-2 Palermo

Palermo's profligacy against Parma cost them dearly after they surrendered to a 2-1 defeat at the Renzo Barbera, which also sees them drop all the way down to 16th place in the Serie A table.

The Rosanero made a winning start through Abel Hernandez with just six minutes on the clock, heading the ball past Antonio Mirante.

However, Sebastian Giovinco proved his credentials as his team's talisman once more as a fine piece of individual play culminated in Stefano Okaka equalising on 55 minutes with his head.

The comeback was realised with 25 minutes left in Sicily, as good work from Galloppa and Giovinco gave Jonathan Biabiany the opportunity to net the winner and push the Gialloblu up to ninth and in the top half of the standings.
AC Milan 1-0 Genoa

Cesena 0-1 Juventus