Inter downs Catania for fourth straight win
Milan, Italy – Antonio Cassano scored his fifth goal as Inter Milan defeated Catania, 2-0, on Sunday at the San Siro to win its fourth match in a row in Serie A.
Rodrigo Palacio also scored for Inter Milan, which climbed back to within four points of first-place and unbeaten Juventus. Inter is fourth in the standings, but just one point behind second-place Napoli.
Catania lost for the second time in its last three matches and is seventh.
Cassano gave Inter the lead in the 28th minute when he deposited a cross from Esteban Cambiasso under Catania goalkeeper Mariano Andujar.
Diego Milito set up the second goal with a pass to Palacio, who used his chest to set up a shot to the bottom-right corner for his first goal this season.
Inter has five straight wins in all competitions, and continues Europa League play Thursday against Partizan Belgrade.
Cagliari 1, Bologna 0
Cagliari, Italy - Radja Nainggolan scored on the hour mark as Cagliari downed Bologna, 1-0, on Sunday at the Stadio Sant'Elia for its second straight Serie A win after opening the season winless in six matches.
Cagliari lost four of its first six against two ties, but Nainggolan found the winner off a pass from Albin Ekdal as his side moved six points clear of last, up to 14th in the standings.
Bologna lost for the third time - all shutouts - in is last four matches as it remained just five off the foot in 16th place.
Atalanta 2, Siena 1
Bergamo, Italy - Giacomo Bonaventura scored the game-winner eight minutes from time as Atalanta snapped a three-match losing streak with a 2-1 win over Siena on Sunday at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia in Serie A.
Ferreira Reginaldo gave Siena the lead just before the hour, but Luca Cigarini tied the match three minutes later and, despite a red card to Carlos Carmona, Bonaventura followed with the winner.
Atalanta climbed to 13th on the table after its third win. Siena sits in last, as it continues to try to overcome for a six-point penalty for match-fixing.
Parma 2, Sampdoria 1
Parma, Italy - Amauri scored twice as Parma snapped a five-game winless streak with a 2-1 victory Sunday over 10-man Sampdoria at the Stadio Ennio Tardini in Serie A.
Amauri converted a penalty kick in the 36th after a red card to Sergio Romero, then added his second goal eight minutes after halftime. Citadin Eder pulled a goal back from the spot in the 81st for Sampdoria, but it was not enough.
Parma climbed to 11th in the table on nine points from eight games. Sampdoria, which won its first three matches, is winless in five and slipped to 10th with 10 points from eight games.
Udinese 1, Pescara 0
Udine, Italy - Maicosuel scored eight minutes after halftime as 10-man Udinese downed Pescara, 1-0, on Sunday at the Stadio Friuli in Serie A.
Danilo was sent off on the half-hour mark, but promoted Pescara failed to take advantage of the extra man and Udinese scored the lone goal to seal all three points.
Udinese lost its first two matches this season, but has picked up nine points from its last six to climb to 12th in the standings. Pescara lost its second in a row and fifth of the season and sits 18th on seven points.
Palermo 0, Torino 0
Palermo, Italy - Promoted Torino continued to pick up points in its return to Serie A as it tied Palermo, 0-0, on Sunday at the Stadio Renzo Barbera to move to nine points from eight matches.
Torino has lost just twice this season, posting two wins and four draws in its other matches. Palermo continues to rebound from a poor start, as it picked up a point to extend its unbeaten run to three games, a win and two ties.
Palermo remained 19th on six points. Torino is 10th, sitting in the upper half on goal differential.
Chievo 1, Fiorentina 1
Verona, Italy - Cyril Thereau of Chievo and Gonazlo of Fiorentina traded goals in the 17th and 18th minutes, respectively, as the clubs played to a 1-1 draw Sunday at the Stadio M.A. Bentegodi in Serie A.
It was the first draw of the season for Chievo, which has just seven points in its first eight matches and is in 17th place. Fiorentina tied its third of the season, and sits fifth and 10 points behind first-place Juventus.
Roma 4, Genoa 2
Genoa, Italy - Roma surrendered early goals to Juraj Kucka and Bosko Jankovic but managed to storm back to steal a 4-2 win over Genoa at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris on Sunday.
Francesco Totti cut the deficit in half at the 27-minute mark, but it was Pablo Daniel Osvaldo's brace that saw Roma get in front. Erik Lamela added a goal seven minutes from time to lift Roma to fifth place with 14 points.
THe result snaps Genoa's four-game unbeaten run, leaving the club on nine points.