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Udinese tops Chievo to take Serie A lead

Udinese moved to the top of Serie A on Sunday 1 victory at home against Chievo.

Antonio Di Natale and Dusan Basta scored goals 12 minutes apart in the second half for Udinese, while Chievo only managed to pull one back seven minutes from time through Alberto Paloschi.

Udinese moves one point clear of second-place Juventus, which faces Roma on Monday, while Chievo stays four points above the drop zone.

The chances really didn't arrive in the match until the second half when Chievo's Boukary Drame denied Di Natale with a clearance off the line before the Udinese striker found the net in the 67th minute.

A failed clearance saw Mauricio Isla take possession of the ball and cross it into the six-yard box for Di Natale to head home for his 10th goal of the season.

Di Natale then turned provider on the second goal as his corner kick was met by the head of Basta near the penalty spot, driving the ball low and past goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino.

Paloschi came on as a substitute for Chievo and beat goalkeeper Samir Handanovic with a nice shot from the edge of the area, but it wasn't enough.

Bologna 2, AC Milan 2

Bologna, Italy - AC Milan was denied three points at Bologna on Sunday, which prevented the Rossoneri from joining Udinese at the top of the league, as the home side battled to a 2-2 draw with the defending champions.

Marco Di Vaio scored in the 11th minute for Bologna on a nice chip from outside the penalty area, while Milan answered five minutes later with a well- struck shot from 20 yards courtesy of Clarence Seedorf.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic put Milan in front from the penalty spot with 20 minutes to play, but the hosts responded within two minutes as Alessandro Diamanti's low shot from the edge of the area could not be kept out by goalkeeper Marco Amelia, who got his fingertips to the ball.

Bologna moves three points clear of the relegation zone with the result.

Atalanta 1, Catania 1

Bergamo, Italy - Catania held out for a point at Atalanta on Sunday despite playing the entire second half down a man in a 1-1 draw.

The visitors took the lead after 18 minutes through Nicola Legrottaglie, but saw Nicola Spolli sent off after he picked up his second yellow card for a poor challenge on Atalanta's German Denis in the 43rd minute.

Atalanta was on the front foot throughout the second half but couldn't find the equalizer until the 71st minute when Simone Tiribocchi volleyed home a corner kick from Maximiliano Gonzalez.

Cagliari 0, Parma 0

Cagliari, Italy - Cagliari and Parma played to a 0-0 draw at the Stadio San Elia on Sunday to keep both sides in the middle of the table.

Parma was the more dangerous of the two sides but couldn't find a way past Cagliari goalkeeper Michael Agazzi, who twice denied Sergio Floccari in the first half to keep the match scoreless.

Cagliari managed little in attack but missed a great chance in the dying minutes to win the game as Daniele Galloppa's header missed an open net.

Novara 1, Napoli 1

Novara, Italy - Napoli avoided embarrassment on Sunday as Blerim Dzemaili struck in the 84th minute to salvage a point for the club, ensuring a 1-1 draw with Novara at the Stadio Silvio Piola.

Ivan Radovanovic had given the home side a shock lead with only 20 minutes remaining in the match, but Dzemaili rescued Napoli six minutes from time to help the visitors move into fifth place in Serie A.

Novara remains second-from-bottom in the Italian top flight with just 11 points on the season.