Serie A round-up: Juventus move top of Serie A as Napoli held
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 21/09/16 10:48pm
Napoli's hot streak came to an end at Genoa as a goalless draw saw them surrender top spot to reigning Serie A champions Juventus.
Boosted by the goals of Polish striker Arkadiusz Milik, last season's runners-up had stormed to the top of the Serie A table but they hit a brick wall at the Luigi Ferraris.
Marek Hamsik hit the bar in the first half with Jose Callejon enjoying a pair of promising chances after the break, but it was perhaps Genoa who should have won through a late Giovanni Simeone effort.
Juventus replaced Napoli at the summit by humbling Cagliari 4-0 in Turin.
Goals from Daniele Rugani, Gonzalo Higuain and Dani Alves and a Luca Ceppitelli own goal saw the Scudetto holders leapfrog Napoli, while the promoted Sardinians suffered a third straight defeat on the road.
Also hitting new heights was Mauro Icardi, whose two goals for Inter Milan downed Empoli 2-0 and installed him as the league's top scorer.
The Argentinian striker notched twice inside the opening 17 minutes in Tuscany to continue his fine run of form, which has seen him score six times in four matches as Inter storm up the standings.
Roma are in a share of third place with the Nerazzurri after thumping new boys Crotone 4-0.
Goals from Stephan El Shaarawy, Mohamed Salah, and a brace from Edin Dzeko condemned the visitors to their fourth defeat of the campaign.
Chievo continued their fine start to reach fourth with a 2-1 victory over Sassuolo.
The win made it 10 points from five games thanks to goals from Nicola Rigoni and Lucas Castro.
Fiorentina twice came from behind to secure a 2-2 draw at Udinese.
The hosts went in front when Rodrigo de Paul picked out Duvan Zapata to slot home. Khouma Babacar levelled before Udinese restored their advantage through Danilo.
Federico Bernardeschi, however, equalised from the penalty spot in the second half.
Elsewhere, Ilija Nestorovski's late goal fired Palermo to a 1-0 triumph at struggling Atalanta, with Simone Verdi scoring a stunning volley in Bologna's 2-0 win over Sampdoria.
Mattia Destro was also on the scoresheet at the Stadio Renato dall'Ara, where Edgar Barreto and Federico Di Francesco were dismissed.
Tempers also flared during a goalless draw between Pescara and Torino, with the visitors to the east coast losing both Afriyie Acquah and Giuseppe Vives.