In other matters on the peninsula, Fiorentina ended their recent winless run with a single-goal win over Bologna, but the same could not be said for Sampdoria, who lost at Chievo
Round 7 Results
|Chievo got off the mark under new coach and former captain Eugenio Corini thanks to a late 2-1 victory over Sampdoria on Saturday.
The Flying Donkeys, who sacked Domenico Di Carlo earlier in the week, took the lead on the stroke of half-time through Cyril Thereau. The Frenchman broke through the middle of the visitors' defence and side-footed the finish home.
However, just 15 minutes later, Enzo Maresca bent home a free kick over the wall and into the top corner, leaving Stefano Sorrentino helpless. It may have come against the run of play, but it provided a welcome respite for Sampdoria.
Yet justice would eventually prevail, albeit with a touch of fortune, as, with stoppage time nearing, Chievo new boy David Di Michele saw his speculative long-range drive mishandled by Sergio Romeo.
The home side move 16th in the Serie A table after ending a run of five consecutive defeats, but Sampdoria fall to eighth following a fourth disappointing result on the bounce.
|Marco Borriello saved Genoa's skin once more after the former Roma striker netted for a point in a 1-1 draw with Palermo on Saturday to ruin Gian Piero Gasperini's return to the Marassi.
The Rosanero opened the scoring 14 minutes in. Josip Ilicic's cross was met by Luigi Giorgi, who peeled off his marker Andreas Granqvist and glanced a header past Sebastian Frey.
However, early in the second half, the Ligurian side drew level from a corner. Cristobal Jorquera hooked the ball back into the box, giving Borriello the chance to nod home for a share of the spoils.
Genoa are now ninth, while Palermo hover dangerously near the relegation zone in 17th place.
|Zdenek Zeman was vindicated in his decision to drop key players such as Daniele De Rossi for the visit of Atalanta on Sunday, as they ploughed to a 2-0 success.
Both sides went into the match on the back of considerable thumpings, as the Giallorossi went down 4-1 at Juventus, while the Bergamese outfit were thrashed 5-1 by newly-promoted Torino.
However, they had to ride their luck as Atalanta missed a string of chances in the first half. Yet, that did not stop Erik Lamela from linking up with Francesco Totti and dinking the ball home on 17 minutes.
The points were then secured on the hour mark as Andrea Consigli's attempt to stop Mattia Destro's strike fell straight to Michael Bradley on the rebound, capping off an impressive return from injury.
Roma now move fifth in the table, but Atalanta drop to 19th as their two-point deduction continues to hinder them.
|Catania are slowly improving under the leadership of Rolando Maran following an inconsistent start to the campaign, highlighted by their 2-0 win over Parma on Sunday.
And just 80 seconds into play at the Angelo Massimino, the Elefanti took the initiative. Pablo Barrientos conjured up an inch-perfect through ball for Alejandro Gomez, who finished off with aplomb.
The points were in the bag on the 80-minute mark, as Mariano Izco's cut-back was tapped home by Gonzalo Bergessio. The Argentine connection in Sicily made all the difference it seemed, although Yohan Benalouane's silly red card certainly made life easier.
They now join Roma and Fiorentina in seventh position, tied on 11 points. Parma, however, fall down to 15th in the top-flight table.
|Fiorentina will have been relieved to have come out of their match against Bologna with a 1-0 victory to their name, after wasting numerous chances in Tuscany.
Nonetheless, they found the deciding goal just seven minutes into the action at the Artemio Franchi, as a corner was nodded onto the flailing boot of Stevan Jovetic, thus continuing his hot start to the season.
Luca Toni was handed his first start and thought he had scored from a set-piece, but his header was adjuged to be offside. The Viola move level on points with Roma in sixth, while Bologna drop to 12th place.
|Lazio made it three wins on the bounce on Sunday, after they trounced Pescara 3-0 to end the hosts' recent good run of form.
Hernanes proved the catalyst once more, bending home a fabulous free kick from 25 yards out with only five minutes on the clock. The Biancocelesti soon doubled their lead through Miroslav Klose, who latched onto Antonio Candreva's slide-rule pass.
The German striker then rounded Mattia Perin and made it 2-0, and Klose was then at it again soon after via a free header. The result keeps Lazio flying high in third place. Pescara, meanwhile, are now 13th.
|Like Chievo, Cagliari also enjoyed the benefits of the managerial honeymoon period as they earned their first win of the season - a 1-0 success over Torino.
Ivo Pulga was installed as the Sardinians' coach following the dismissal of Massimo Ficcadenti earlier in the week, and his appointment was complemented with that of former fans' favourite Diego Lopez as his assistant.
The winning goal was debatable, however, as Kamil Glik was penalised for a handball offence in the box, despite his protests that he was guarding his face. Still, Nene scored the resulting penalty to seal all three points.
Cagliari go up to 18th in the Serie A table but Torino are now 10th after they failed to carry over last week's heroics.
|Napoli successfully kept the pressure on leaders Juventus in the last of the weekend's matches thanks to a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Udinese.
On the half-hour mark, a splendid move from the Partenopei saw Edinson Cavani's flick allow Christian Maggio the opportunity to send in a ball for Marek Hamsik to guide past Zeljko Brkic.
However, Udinese hit back with a counterattack of their own on the cusp of half-time, as Maicosuel found Giampiero Pinzi, who left fly a stinging drive past Morgan De Sanctis.
Yet for Walter Mazzarri's charges, they did not throw in the towel and were soon rewarded for their efforts as Goran Pandev turned and rifled in the winner in stoppage time of the first period.
The result leaves Napoli level at the top of Serie A. Udinese, on the other hand, languish in 14th place with only six points out of a possible 21.