An enthralling weekend of action in Italy saw Atalanta continue to march on with a commanding performance against Bologna, while Cesena were unfortunate to only draw with Parma
|Palermo 1-1 Udinese
Udinese had Gabriel Torje to thank, after the dimunitive Romanian came off the bench to salvage a late 1-1 draw against Palermo on Saturday.
The Sicilians took the lead on 31 minutes through the impressive Fabrizio Miccoli, who continued his rich vein of form with a fine finish across goal which left Samir Handanovic with no chance.
Francesco Guidolin's side stepped up their search for the equaliser, but Antonio Di Natale failed to make a string of chances count throughout the second half. Kwadwo Asamoah was also guilty of fluffing his lines.
But it wasn't to be for Palermo, as substitute Torje collected fellow summer signing Roberto Pereyra's pass and struck past Emiliano Viviano with six minutes to spare, much to the delight of the visitors' trainer.
The point keeps Udinese well and truly in the running for a Champions League place, but the Rosanero continue to drift in mid-table and are now without a win in five.
|Atalanta 2-0 Bologna
Atalanta have extended their unbeaten run to eight matches after recording a comprehensive 2-0 victory over league rivals Bologna on Sunday.
The Orobici started the better side, as their front pairing of Maxi Moralez and Manolo Gabbiadini caused all sorts of problems for their opponents' defence.
And they finally reaped the rewards for their efforts on 50 minutes. Manolo Gabbiadini met Cristian Raimondi's cross and beat his marker to nod the ball home.
Bologna seemed to react to going a goal behind, but Archimede Morleo and Alessandro Diamanti saw their goalbound attempts miss the target.
However, Atalanta managed to secure the win in injury time when Moralez threaded through Simone Tiribocchi to strike the ball past Jean-Francois Gillet and leapfrog Bologna into ninth position.
|Cesena 2-2 Parma|
Cesena's relegation to Serie B may be only a matter of time before it is confirmed, but they still put in a proud shift to record a creditable 2-2 draw with Parma on Sunday.
Both teams participated in a pulsating encounter at the Dino Manuzzi, and it was the visitors who went 1-0 up inside the first 30 minutes. Sebastian Giovinco's cross was aptly finished off by Sergio Floccari.
However, Cesena started the second half with a bang as, within the first minute, Raphael Martino's strike was spilled by Antonio Mirante, presenting Mario Santana with a gift to net the rebound despite suspicions that the Fiorentina loanee was offside.
Just seven minutes later, the Seahorses took the lead as again Martinho played an important role in the build-up to the goal. His lay-of allowed Simone Del Nero to foray forward and unleash an unstoppable strike past Mirante.
Sadly for Cesena, Jonathan Biabiany assisted Gabriel Paletta to find the equaliser on the shade of the hour mark to prevent Roberto Donadoni's men from suffering successive defeats. However, they are now winless in eight and remain 17th, five points afloat.
Cesena saw coach Mario Beretta sent off in injury time, and are now 16 points adrift at the bottom of the Serie A table.
|Chievo 1-1 Siena
|Siena earned a crucial point in their quest to avoid the drop after battling to a 1-1 draw with Chievo at the Bentegodi on Sunday.
The Flying Donkeys broke the deadlock after nine minutes, as Michael Bradley's corner was headed onto the bar by Marco Andreolli. Fortunately, Francesco Acerbi was on hand to net the rebound.
But the American midfielder turned villain six minutes into the second half after losing the ball near the halfway line to a hungry Mattia Destro, who nipped in and drove forward, before finishing past Stefano Sorrentino.
A draw was arguably the fairest outcome and will come as a welcome result to both Domenico Di Carlo and Giuseppe Sannino. Chievo stay 12th in Serie A, while Siena remain in 15th place.
|Genoa 2-2 Fiorentina
Genoa came back from the dead to register a late 2-2 draw with Fiorentina on Sunday, but are alarmingly still without a win in eight matches.
Pasquale Marino's side found the game's first goal through Fernando Belluschi on 20 minutes, as the Porto loanee headed Giandomenico Mesto's cross to the right of Artur Boruc.
But just 11 minutes later, Fiorentina restored parity. Juan Vargas saw his speculative attempt nestle into the back of the net, but needed a deflection from Riccardo Montolivo.
The Viola built on their renewed vigour by netting the winner midway through the second half, as Cesare Natali headed a corner home to relieve the pressure on Delio Rossi and ensure his side ended a winless run of four matches.
However, there was to be drama in the latter stages of the contest as Rodrigo Palacio again popped up to rescue the Rossoblu from a second home defeat in three with only a minute of normal time to spare.
The Argentine penetrated Fiorentina's box before leaving Natali and Boruc for dead to frustrate Delio Rossi, as Fiorentina remain without a win in four. Genoa sit in 14th position, while the visitors stay in 16th, but are six points clear of the bottom three.
|In a wasteful encounter at the Silvio Piola on Sunday, Novara failed to make their chances count after being forced to settle for a goalless draw with Lecce on Sunday.
Marco Rigoni was the hosts' biggest goal threat during the opening stages, but Massimiliano Benassi was equal to his string of long-range drives, while Santiago Garcia should have done much better from Giuseppe Mascara's cross.
Lecce were second-best for much of the game, as David Di Michele's left-footed shot on the hour mark was their only shot on target. Meanwhile, Giuseppe Gemiti and Andrea Caracciolo tried to force a winner for Novara, but their attempts were not accurate.
However, the fixture's lack of potency was compensated by its flurry of yellow cards - seven in all were shown, as Lecce remain 18th and five points adrift of Parma, while Novara are now eight points away from safety.