Hot on the heels of Roma are Napoli, Fiorentina, and Inter Milan, who beat Bologna 1-0 on Tuesday, with all three clubs just two points behind in the standings. Maurizio Sarri’s Napoli overcame Palermo 2-0 and La Viola were victorious at Verona by the same scoreline.
At the Stadio Olimpico, Roma were two goals up inside ten minutes, first Miralem Pjanic bagged his fifth goal of the season, tapping in a Maicon cross from close range. Then the Brazilian full-back doubled the lead after a surging run down the right and toe poke past Orestis Karnezis.
Captain on the night Alessandro Florenzi could, and should, have put himself on the scoresheet as Maicon slipped him through on goal, but the 24-year-old smashed the ball high into the stands. Rudi Garcia’s men comfortably controlled the game and Gervinho guarenteed the three points midway through the second half, though Cyril Thereau pulled one back for the visitors with 13 minutes left. That meant Roma have kept just one clean sheet in Serie A so far this season.
Napoli extended their winning streak to seven matches in all competitions, and have now gone 12 games without defeat. Gonzalo Higuain got the opener just before half-time, then Dries Mertens sealed the win ten minutes from the end.
Fiorentina had Nikola Kalinic to thank against Verona. The 27-year-old Croatian caused Rafael Marquez to put the ball into his own net, before he grabbed his sixth of the season after 57 minutes.
Sassuolo heaped more misery on Juventus as they took all three points at the Mapei Stadium thanks to a magnificent free-kick by Nicola Sansone. Giorgio Chiellini was also sent off for Juve.
Level on 18 points with Sassuolo are Lazio after they lost 2-1 in Bergamo to Atalanta. Lucas Biglia’s free-kick gave Stefano Pioli’s side the lead, but a Dusan Basta own goal and Alejandro Gomez strike, four minutes from time, brought Atalanta within one point of their opponents.
At the San Siro, AC Milan’s underwhelming season continued as they could only manage a 1-0 win over Chievo. Luca Antonelli grabbing what turned out to be the winner, though pressure on coach Sinisa Mihajlovic will unlikely have eased following yet another lacklustre performance.
Elsewhere, Torino and Genoa drew 3-3 in Turin, and in the battle of the two promoted sides Frosinone emerged 2-1 winners against Carpi at the Stadio Matusa, as both teams ended the game with ten men.