Juventus beat Napoli at Stadio San Paolo for the first time in 15 years to pull three points clear at the top of Italy’s Serie A. Paul Pogba’s fantastic volley lit the touchpaper at a ground where reigning champions Juve have managed to lose five times since last tasting victory back in September 2000.
Defender Miguel Britos tried to prolong the visitors’ poor run in Naples by equalising midway through the second half but Martin Caceres hit back before Arturo Vidal confirmed Juve’s 3-1 win with a thunderous stoppage-time goal.
A dominant first-half display saw the Biancocelesti take control with goals from captain Stefano Mauri and Felipe Anderson but Totti netted twice in the second half – followed by his unusual celebration – to spare blushes at the Stadio Olimpico.
Argentinian duo Rodrigo Palacio and Mauro Icardi were on target as Inter Milan inflicted a 3-1 defeat on Genoa at San Siro. Palacio opened the scoring in the 12th minute and Icardi added a second before the break. Genoa’s Maxime Lestienne was denied by the bar in the 62nd minute but Armando Izzo gave the visitors a lifeline in the 85th minute.
However, Nemanja Vidic restored the two-goal lead two minutes from time as Inter clinched their sixth win of the campaign to climb to ninth place, two points adrift of Genoa.
A single second-half goal from Eder was enough to boost Sampdoria to a 1-0 victory over Empoli at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris. A fifth home victory of the season steered Samp onto 30 points and into a share of fourth place with Napoli following Rafael Benitez’s side’s defeat to Juve.
Fiorentina resisted a spirited fightback from Palermo to secure a frenetic 4-3 victory at the Stadio Artemio Franchi. It looked like Palermo were there for the taking after captain Manuel Pasqual’s goal gave dominant Fiorentina the lead heading into half-time on Sunday afternoon.
Jose Maria Basanta nudged the Tuscans further ahead following the restart but Palermo suddenly sprang to life and restored parity through a smash-and-grab brace from substitute Robin Quaison.
Juan Cuadrado then scored to quell the visitors’ celebrations and Joaquin added a goal of real quality to earn Fiorentina all three points, even though Palermo had time to grab a third thanks to Andrea Belotti and his penalty. The victory lifts Vincenzo Montella’s men above Genoa and into sixth place while Palermo slip to tenth.
Hellas Verona beat Parma 3-1 to clinch their first win at home since 4 October thanks to goals from Jacopo Sala, Luca Toni Mattia Valoti, while Francesco Lodi was on target for the visitors.
A late goal from Chievo substitute Dejan Lazarevic denied Atalanta victory as their match finished in a 1-1 draw in Bergamo. Davide Zappacosta gave Atalanta the lead in the 72nd minute. Atalanta lost Gianpaolo Bellini to a second yellow card in the 89th minute when the Italian defender brought down Chievo’s Sergio Pellissier just outside the area.
Chievo made Atalanta pay with Lazarevic scoring with the resulting free-kick to earn a valuable Serie A point in their battle to avoid the drop. Cagliari finally won at home this season and gave Gianfranco Zola his first win as their coach with a 2-1 triumph over bottom side Cesena with their goals coming from Joao Pedro and Godfred Donsah. Cesena’s Franco Brienza reduced the arrears one minute from the end.