Juventus edges Catania to preserve unbeaten streak
Catania, Italy – Juventus maintained its first-place position in Serie A on Sunday by earning a 1-0 win over Catania at the Stadio Angelo Massimino.
The Turin club has not lost in league play since May 15, 2011, extending its unbeaten run to a sensational 48-game streak.
Arturo Vidal produced the lone goal of the match, scoring in the 57th minute to lift Juventus to 25 points through nine Serie A contests thus far.
The visitors rode out Vidal's goal until the final whistle, taking advantage of an extra man after Catania's Giovanni Marchese was sent off in the 67th minute.
Catania has lost two on the bounce to stay put in eighth place with 11 points on the season.
Inter Milan 3, Bologna 1
Bologna, Italy - Inter Milan picked up its third straight Serie A win on Sunday, defeating Bologna 3-1 at the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara.
Andrea Ranocchia and Diego Milito gave the visitors a two-goal lead before Nicolo Cherubin pulled one back for Bologna, but Esteban Cambiasso quelled any hope of comeback by scoring for Inter in the 64th minute.
Inter improves to 21 points on the season, four points adrift of first-place Juventus. Bologna has lost three straight league matches to fall second from bottom in the table with seven points.
Fiorentina 2, Lazio 0
Florence, Italy - Fiorentina scored on either side of halftime to earn a 2-0 defeat of nine-man Lazio at the Stadio Artemio Franchi on Sunday.
Adem Ljajic gave the home side the lead just before halftime. Things went from bad to worse for the visitors as Cristian Ledesma and Hernanes were sent off in the span of seven minutes, and Fiorentina took advantage of the extra men as Luca Toni scored in the 90th minute to extend the club's unbeaten streak to three games.
Lazio's winning run comes to an end at three games as the club remains on 18 points.
Udinese 3, Roma 2
Rome, Italy - Antonio Di Natale converted a penalty kick two minutes from time as Udinese erased an early two-goal deficit to defeat Roma, 3-2, on Sunday at the Stadio Olimpico in Serie A.
Erik Lamela scored twice in a three-minute stretch midway into the first half, but Maurizio Domizzi pulled a goal back before halftime and Di Natale notched goals in the 50th and 88th as Udinese rallied for the win.
Udinese won its second straight to climb into the top half of the standings, while Roma remained in the top half after its modest two-game wining streak was snapped.
Napoli 1, Chievo 0
Naples, Italy - Marek Hamsik scored just before the hour mark as Napoli downed 10-man Chievo, 1-0, on Sunday at Stadio San Paolo to rebound from its first loss in Serie A last week.
Napoli had six wins and a draw in its first seven matches, but suffered a 2-0 setback against unbeaten league leader Juventus last weekend. Hamsik delivered his fourth goal of the season to return the Naples side to the win column.
Chievo had its modest two-match undefeated streak snapped, as it lost for the sixth time this season to remain stuck in the bottom three.
Parma 3, Torino 1
Turin, Italy - Parma scored three goals in the span of 15 second-half minutes on Sunday to earn a 3-1 win over 10-man Torino at the Stadio Olimpico di Torino.
Gianluca Sansone was sent off for the home side just seven minutes after halftime. The visitors took advantage as Nicola Sansone and Amauri scored in quick succession to give Parma a commanding lead.
Aleandro Rosi scored three minutes from time to put the result beyond any doubt, but Torino received some consolation from Migjen Basha's goal in the second minute of stoppage time.
Parma has won two straight to rise to 12 points while Torino is winless in its last three to stay put on nine points.
Pescara 0, Atalanta 0
Pescara, Italy - Pescara was held to a 0-0 draw by Atalanta at the Stadio Adriatico on Sunday.
The home side was unable to break the deadlock despite playing for much of the second half with a man-advantage as Atalanta's Federico Peluso was sent off in the 47th minute.
Atalanta improves to nine points where it sits one point better than Pescara.
Cagliari 1, Sampdoria 0
Genoa, Italy - Cagliari secured a third straight victory in Serie A play on Sunday, edging Sampdoria 1-0 behind Daniele Dessena's goal in the 47th minute.
The win lifts Cagliari to 11 points through nine games, good enough for ninth place.
Sampdoria drops its fourth straight match as it remains stuck on 10 points.