Serie A round-up
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Internazionale extended their lead of Serie A, while neighbours Milan continue to struggle.
Internazionale extended their lead of Serie A to seven points with an emphatic victory at Empoli, while neighbours Milan continue to struggle.
After a goalless first period at Empoli, Roberto Mancini's team assumed command through Hernan Crespo's goal on the hour.
The match remained in the balance until strikes from Zlatan Ibrahimovic (78) and Walter Samuel (87) confirmed victory for the visitors.
Lazio took the bragging rights in the Rome derby after a 3-0 win over Roma at the Stadio Olimpico.
Cristian Ledesma broke the deadlock two minutes before the break with a stunning strike from the edge of the area.
Lazio won a penalty six minutes after the break when Alexandre Doni felled Goran Pandev inside the box and Massimo Oddo coolly converted from the spot.
Massimo Mutarelli piled the misery on Roma with Lazio's third on 72 to complete a memorable derby day for Lazio.
Milan's frustrating start to the season continued with a goalless draw at home to mid-table Torino, but Fiorentina - who like Milan were found guilty of match-fixing in the summer - enjoyed an altogether better afternoon.
The Viola started the season with a 15-point handicap but moved out of the relegation places for the first time courtesy of Adrian Mutu's 80th minute winner at Chievo, who have now fallen below their opponents in the standings.
Fiorentina's victory also saw Parma, who drew 0-0 at Cagliari, drop into the bottom three.
Surprise package Catania maintained their hold on fourth place with a 1-0 win over Udinese - Gionatha Spinesi's strike (68) proved sufficient for the hosts to claim a sixth win of the campaign.
Atalanta are also causing a stir and are up to fifth in the league following a 3-2 win over Messina.
Goals from Davide Bombardini (28), Andriano Pinto (57) and Cristiano Doni (67) appeared to have made it a very comfortable match for the hosts.
However late lapses saw Nicolas Cordova (76) and Arturo Di Napoli (85) ensure a fraught finale.
Elsewhere, there was nothing to separate mid-table combatants Sampdoria and Siena in a goalless draw - notable only for Siena's Abdoulay Konko's 85th minute dismissal for a second bookable offence.
Click below for an individual match summary:
Atalanta 3-2 Messina
Cagliari 0-0 Parma
Catania 1-0 Udinese
Chievo Verona 0-1 Fiorentina
Empoli 0-3 Internazionale
Lazio 3-0 Roma
Milan 0-0 Torino
Sampdoria 0-0 Siena