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Juve ease to victory while Napoli win big

serie-a-logoArturo Vidal and Fernando Llorente scored as Italian Serie A leaders Juventus brushed off Palermo with a 2-0 victory on Sunday. Chasing a fourth successive Scudetto, Juventus remain unbeaten through eight games, of which they have won seven.

Gonzalo Higuain’s second-half hat-trick lifted Napoli to a 6-2 victory over Hellas Verona in a match that was much closer than the scoreline suggests. It was in fact the visitors who took a shock first-minute lead at the Stadio San Paolo through Iceland midfielder Emil Hallfreosson and, although Marek Hamsik’s brace put Napoli in the ascendancy, Hellas equalised midway through the second half through Nicolas Lopez. They were level for less than two minutes, though, as Higuain put Napoli ahead and the Argentinian scored twice more, the last from the penalty spot, after Jose Callejon had scored the Partenopei’s fourth.

AC Milan missed the chance to go third in Serie A as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Fiorentina at the San Siro. Nigel de Jong headed the Rossoneri into a 25th-minute lead, but second-half substitute Josip Ilicic fired La Viola level. Two dropped points meant Filippo Inzaghi’s side had to be content with sixth place, a point behind third-spotted Udinese, with the visitors down in 11th.

Elsewhere, Udinese maintained their unbeaten run at home with a 2-0 triumph over Atalanta. Veteran forward Antonio Di Natale put the hosts on their way in the sixth minute and later set up team-mate Cyril Thereau for Udinese’s second before half-time.

Miroslav Klose came off the bench to score the winner as Lazio edged Torino 2-1 in Rome to make it four league wins in a row. Lucas Biglia put the Roman team ahead when he struck a free-kick past Torino goalkeeper Jean-Francois Gillet in the 15th minute. Alex Farnerud pulled Torino level eight minutes into the second half but Klose had the last say.

A first-half penalty from Mauro Icardi was enough for Inter Milan to beat ten-man Cesena on Sunday and become the first side to win at the Dino Manuzzi stadium this season. Cesena goalkeeper Nicola Leali was shown a straight red card on the half-hour mark after bringing down Inter striker Rodrigo Palacio in the area, which resulted in the penalty.

Meanwhile, Genoa came from behind to beat ten-man Chievo 2-1 in Verona on Sunday and spoil Rolando Maran’s first game in charge of the Flying Donkeys. Ervin Zukanovic had given Chievo a 36th-minute lead before substitute Alessandro Matri equalised in the 72nd minute.

Chievo suffered a further blow one minute later when midfielder Ivan Radovanovic fouled Andrea Bertolacci in the area and was sent off for a second yellow card. Mauricio Pinilla saw his penalty saved but six minutes from time, the Chilean striker scored the winner as Genoa remained unbeaten on the road.