Christian Puggioni kept one of the more notable clean sheets of the weekend as Chievo recorded a 2-0 win over Napoli, to deny the Partenopei the chance of remaining on Juventus' coat-tails.
Defensively, Davide Astori was one of the weekend's key characters as his towering performance in Cagliari's clash with Sampdoria helped the Isolani to a 3-1 win. Meanwhile, Bostjan Cesar and
Boukary Drame led the Chievo back line as Napoli's recent poor scoring run was extended to one goal in four league games.
Alessandro Florenzi's excellent shift in the Roma midfield helped the Giallorossi to ean a point from their trip to Udinese, and Borja Valero was in superb form once more as Fiorentina took advantage of Lazio's lethargy to record a 2-0 win in the capital. Over in Turin, Paul Pogba was Juventus' star man and Emanuele Giaccherini their last-minute goal hero as the champions extended their lead with a late, late show against Catania.
In the striking department there were a number of unlikely headline-makers. Victor Ibarbo stung Sampdoria with a hat-trick for Cagliari, while Amauri also bagged a treble in Parma's come-from-behind 4-1 victory against Torino. Over in Bergamo, German Denis decided Atalanta's game against Pescara with a double, to help the Orobici put a comfortable distance between themselves and the drop zone.
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|vs Udinese (A)||vs Catania (H)||vs Lazio (A)||vs Catania (H)|
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