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Serie A round-up

Image: Kozak: On target for Lazio

Lazio, Udinese and Juventus offered their respective top-four bids another welcome shot in the arm on Sunday.

Wins for Lazio, Udinese, Fiorentina, Cagliari, Catania and Samp

Lazio, Udinese and Juventus offered their respective top-four bids another welcome shot in the arm on Sunday. Elsewhere, Fiorentina and Catania prevailed in games full of goals, while Bari finally ending their losing run. In the late match Juventus halted Inter Milan's fine recent run after securing a 1-0 success at Stadio Olimpico. One goal was enough for the Old Lady with Alessandro Matri's goal on the half hour mark securing the points. Lazio clambered up to third above Inter after seeing off Brescia 2-0 on their travels. Alvaro Gonzalez's 18th minute opener put them on their way and Libor Kozak wrapped up the points on 66 minutes. Udinese remain within touching distance of the UEFA Champions League places following a 3-0 victory over Cesena. A double from Antonio Di Natale (41 & 75) and a second half effort from Gokhan Inler (68) saw them secure a comfortable success. Fiorentina maintained their recent momentum with a battling display away at Palermo. The hosts took the lead on two occasions, with goals from Javier Pastore (7) and Antonio Nocerino (48) sandwiching a 36th minute equaliser from Alberto Gilardino. With 20 minutes remaining the Viola looked down and out, but a late surge saw them snatch the spoils. Michele Camporese levelled on 70 minutes, before an own goal from Cesare Bovo (78) and a late effort from Riccardo Montolivo (88) took them to a 4-2 win.

Thriller

Catania were also involved in a thriller with fellow strugglers Lecce, with five goals plundered at Angelo Massimino. Matis Silvestre got the first of those on the stroke of half-time, but Lecce hit back through Jeda (56) and Gianni Munari (61). Catania, desperate for the points, were not to be denied and settled a topsy-turvy tie when Francesco Lodi stepped off the bench to bag a brace (78 and 84). Sampdoria blew Bologna away inside the opening 15 minutes, paving the way for a 3-1 win. Angelo Palombo (8), Daniele Gastaldello (11) and Massimo Maccarone (15) put Samp in complete control, meaning a 65th minute reply from Daniele Paponi counted for little. Chievo saw their six-match unbeaten run brought to an abrupt halt in Cagliari. The hosts edged in front through Daniel Conti after 19 minutes and never looked back. Michele Canini added a second just before the half-hour mark and Nene netted twice (43 and 71) to open up a four-goal lead. Cyril Thereau pulled one back for Chievo, but they ended the contest well beaten. Rock-bottom Bari broke a sequence of six straight defeats at home to Genoa, but could only claim a point from a goalless draw.

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