Serie A round-up

Image: Hamsik: On target for Napoli

Lazio's fine run of form continued on Sunday, while Napoli are also making impressive progress.

Wins for Lazio, Lecce, Palermo, Genoa and Napoli

Lazio's fine run of form continued on Sunday, while Napoli are also making impressive progress. Fiorentina and Roma found the going tough once again this weekend, but there were welcome wins for Lecce and Genoa. Reining champions Inter Milan were held in the day's late kick-off and are two points off the pace. Lazio moved to the top of the table with a 1-0 victory over Brescia, their fourth success in five outings. Stefano Mauri's solitary strike on the stroke of half-time settled the tie, while Brescia's efforts were severely hindered in the second half once Alessandro Diamanti saw red 16 minutes from time. Inter Milan sit second in the table after they were unable to see off Juventus at Giuseppe Meazza. An uninspiring contest finished goalless, leaving both sides frustrated at the final whistle. Napoli are flying high at present and they made light work of struggling Roma in their latest fixture. It took 71 minutes for the deadlock to be broken in Naples, with Slovakian playmaker Marek Hamsik the man to find the target. Roma, who have won just once in the league so far this season, battled bravely to find a leveller, but ended up falling further behind on 83 minutes when Juan put through his own net. Palermo have recovered well from a slow start to the season and were too strong for Fiorentina this weekend, as they ran out 2-1 winners on the road. Josip Ilicic (19) and Javier Pastore (37) got them off to the perfect start, with the game seemingly all over at the interval. Alberto Gilardino offered the Viola a lifeline when he pounced on the hour mark, but Riccardo Montolivo's needless dismissal on 73 minutes ended any hope the hosts had of snatching a point. Genoa left it late in their meeting with Bari before securing a first win in five attempts. Rodrigo Palacio had them in front after 36 minutes, but Barreto restored parity from the spot seven minutes into the second half after Emiliano Moretti had been sent off for hacking down Jose Ignacio Castillo. That looked like being enough to seal a share of the spoils, but Luca Toni rose highest to nod home a 95th minute winner for Genoa. Lecce surged out of the bottom three and into mid-table with a 1-0 win over Catania. Daniele Corvia's close-range effort after 36 minutes saw Luigi De Canio's side to a first victory in four games. Sampdoria are still looking for their first win since the opening weekend following a 1-1 draw away at Bologna. A Daniele Portanova own goal put Samp ahead moments before the interval, but Miguel Britos equalised for the hosts on 65 minutes. Cagliari were held to a fourth stalemate in six fixtures as they and Chievo failed to trouble the scorers in Verona.

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