Serie A round-up

Image: Moscardelli: Dented Napoli's title hopes

Napoli missed the chance to cut the gap on leaders AC Milan at the top, while Roma also failed to win.

High-flying Napoli suffer defeat while Roma held to stalemate

Napoli missed the chance to cut the gap on leaders AC Milan at the top of Serie A, while Roma also failed to win. Davide Moscardelli and Gennaro Sardo consigned second-placed Napoli to a 2-0 defeat against Chievo in Verona to leave the visitors five points off the summit. High-flying Roma missed a chance to move into third place after being held to a 1-1 draw by Brescia at the Stadio Olimpico. Marco Borriello shot the hosts in front shortly before the hour mark but the joy was shortlived as the visitors equalised 11 minutes later through Eder, although Roma moved fourth on goal difference with the draw. Palermo leapfrogged Juventus to sixth in the table with a 2-1 win over the Bianconeri at the Stadio Renzo Barbera. Fabrizio Miccoli and Giulio Migliaccio put the Sicilians two goals up within the first 20 minutes before Claudio Marchisio netted a consolation. Udinese dropped to seventh despite Maurizio Domizzi salvaging a point in a 1-1 draw with Bologna, who had taken the lead via Marco Di Vaio.

Late winner

Down at the bottom, Lecce moved up to 16th after substitute Ernesto Chevanton earned a vital 1-0 victory at Parma with an injury-time header. 18th-placed Cesena and Catania - one place ahead in 17th - both remain in a precarious position after they shared a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Dino Manuzzi. Maxi Lopez opened the scoring for the visitors in the eighth minute before Luis Jimenez levelled just after the half-hour. Sampdoria fell to a third defeat in a row with a 1-0 loss to Cagliari amid the protests of the Blucerchiati fans against the sale of prized assets Giampaolo Pazzini and Antonio Cassano this winter. A stunning individual goal from Radja Nainggolan in the 37th minute earned the Sardinians three points at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris. Meanwhile, Mario Alberto Santana scored the only goal of the game as Fiorentina leapfrogged Genoa in the table. Santana stabbed home from a tight angle five minutes before half-time as the hosts ended the day one point above their opponents in 11th.

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