Juventus held by Udinese but preserves unbeaten record
Udinese, Italy – Juventus preserved its unbeaten start to the 0 draw with Udinese on Wednesday.
The Turin club is tied at the top of Italy's top flight with AC Milan on 34 points apiece, but AC Milan has a better goal differential to hold the edge.
Juventus remains unbeaten through its first 16 games in the season, though it has managed just nine wins and amounted seven draws, the second-highest total in Serie A. It failed to climb above AC Milan in the table after the reigning champions edged Cagliari, 2-0, on Tuesday.
Udinese has pieced together an unbeaten run of its own, as Wednesday's home side has not lost in five league games.
The Stadio Friuli outfit also missed out on a chance to move into a tie with AC Milan for first place. A win would have lifted Udinese to 34 points, but it instead trails the leaders by two points.
Seria A returns to action after a short winter break, as Udinese is set to host Cesena on Jan. 8 while Juventus travels to the Stadio Via del Mare to square off against Lecce.
Inter Milan 4, Lecce 1
Milan, Italy - Inter Milan surrendered the opening goal but stormed back to claim a 4-1 win over Lecce at the San Siro on Wednesday.
Luis Muriel opened the scoring for Lecce in the 20th minute, but Giampaolo Pazzini leveled for Inter in the 34th minute to send the two sides into halftime deadlocked.
Inter emerged from the locker room and hit for three goals, as Diego Milito, Esteban Cambiasso, and Ricardo Alvarez each scored to guide the Nerazzurri to their fourth-straight Serie A win.
Inter sits fifth in the table with 26 points while Lecce, winless in its last six league contests, remains bottom with just nine points.
Naples, Italy - Napoli cruised to comfortable 6-1 win over Genoa at the Stadio San Paolo on Wednesday to keep pace with Inter.
A brace from Edinson Cavani and an additional goal from Marek Hamsik helped Napoli jump out to a three-goal lead inside the opening 24 minutes.
Cristobal Jorquera pulled one back for Genoa, but the home side answered with goals from Goran Pandev, Walter Gargano, Juan Camilo Zuniga to complete the rout.
Napoli trails Inter by two points, occupying sixth place with 24 points, while Genoa sits midtable on 21 points.
Roma 2, Bologna 0
Bologna, Italy - Two first-half goals powered Roma to a 2-0 defeat of Bologna at the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara on Wednesday.
Rodrigo Taddei opened the scoring in the 17th minute before Pablo Osvaldo added a second five minutes before halftime to see the visitors claim all three points.
Roma has won two straight and is tied with Napoli on 24 points, while Bologna has lost two straight to occupy a spot just above the relegation zone with 15 points.
Atalanta 4, Cesena 1
Bergamo, Italy - Atalanta overturned a one-goal deficit to cruise past Cesena, 4-1, at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia on Wednesday.
Antonio Candreva put the visitors in front after 12 minutes, but Atalanta battled back to head into halftime with a 3-1 lead thanks to a penalty kick from German Denis and a brace from Guido Marilungo. Federico Peluso tacked on a second-half goal for Atalanta.
Atalanta is unbeaten in its last seven league games, improving to 20 points, while Cesena loses its second straight to fall second-from-bottom with 12 points.
Novara 2, Palermo 2
Novara, Italy - Novara capitalized on a man advantage to salvage a 2-2 draw with ten-man Palermo at the Stadio Silvio Piola on Wednesday.
After Palermo took the lead through an own goal from Carlalberto Ludi in the 20th minute, Josip Ilicic was shown a straight red card to see the visitors reduced to ten men.
Palermo still managed the next goal in the match, but it was quickly overturned by Novara as Andrea Mazzarani and Marco Rigoni scored in the 77th and 84th minutes to rescue a point for the home side.
Both teams are winless in their last four league games, as Palermo sits ninth with 21 points while Novara occupies the final relegation spot with just 12 points.
Parma 3, Catania 3
Parma, Italy - Andrea Catellani struck five minutes from time to help Catania save a point with a 3-3 draw against Parma on Wednesday.
Francesco Modesto, Jonathan Biabiany, and Sergio Floccari each scored for Parma while Sergio Almiron and Francesco Lodi provided goals for Catania before Catellani earned a share of the points with his goal down the stretch.
Parma has drawn four straight while Catania is unbeaten in its last three.
Lazio 0, Chievo 0
Rome, Italy - Lazio was held off the score sheet on Wednesday as it played to a 0-0 with Chievo at the Stadio Olimpico.
A win would have brought the home side level on points with third-place Udinese, but Lazio instead sits fourth with 30 points.
Chievo improves to 20 points to occupy the 12th spot.