Milan edges Cesena to go back atop Serie A
Cesena, Italy – AC Milan reclaimed first place in Serie A on 1 victory over Cesena at the Stadio Dino Manuzzi.
Juventus had ousted the reigning champions from the top spot in the table after its win over Catania on Saturday, but three different scorers helped the Rossoneri restore their one-point lead atop Serie A on Sunday.
Sulley Muntari scored his first goal for the club since completing his loan move from the other San Siro side, Inter Milan. The Ghanaian midfielder opened the scoring in the 29th minute.
It did not take long for the visitors to double their lead as Urby Emanuelson scored his first AC Milan goal since joining the club last season.
While two new faces popped up with goals to get Milan off the starting blocks, it was one of the club's main men who extended the lead 10 minutes into the second half as Robinho tallied his fourth goal of the Italian season.
Cesena was able to pull one back through Daniel Pudil in the 65th minute, but it proved to be nothing more than a consolation strike.
Milan's second successive league win moves the club back into first place with 50 points on the year, one better than Juventus in second place.
Cesena, without a win in its last five league contests, falls to last place on 16 points.
Lecce 4, Siena 1
Lecce, Italy - Lecce fell behind at the Stadio Via del Mare on Sunday but stormed back to claim a resounding 4-1 win over Siena.
Siena went in front in the 25th minute thanks to Cristiano Del Grosso, but Luis Muriel leveled the score for Lecce seven minutes later to send the two teams into the break tied at one goal apiece.
The Giallorossi emerged from the dressing room ready to take care business as goals from David Di Michele, Juan Cuadrado, and Davide Brivio helped the home side take all three points.
Lecce inches closer to a spot outside of the relegation zone as it sits third from bottom on 21 points, trailing Siena by two points.
Roma 1, Parma 0
Rome, Italy - Roma bounced back from a shock defeat to Siena in its last outing by claiming a 1-0 win over Parma at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.
The lone goal of the game came by way of Fabio Borini in the 26th minute, the Italian striker's sixth goal of the season.
The win sees Roma move into fifth place with 38 points as it looks to push for a Champions League spot. Parma, tied with Fiorentina and Atalanta on 28 points, suffers a minor setback in its quest to stave off relegation.
Chievo 1, Genoa 0
Genoa, Italy - Chievo snapped a two-game losing skid on Sunday with a 1-0 defeat of Genoa at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.
Cyril Thereau provided the lone goal of the contest, grabbing his team-leading fifth goal of the season to help the Flying Donkeys crack the top-half of the table.
Chievo is now tied with Genoa, as well as Cagliari, on 30 points.
Novara 0, Atalanta 0
Novara, Italy - The crowd at the Stadio Silvio Piola witnessed a stalemate on Sunday as Novara and Atalanta played to a 0-0 draw.
The only sour note for the home side came in the dying minutes when Simone Pesce was sent off after receiving his second yellow card.
Both teams are unbeaten in their last three league matches as Novara sits second from bottom on 17 points while Atalanta sits tied with Parma and Fiorentina on 28 points.
Palermo 5, Lazio 1
Palermo, Italy - Fabrizio Miccoli scored his 11th goal of the season to help Palermo crush Lazio, 5-1, on Sunday at the Renzo Barbera in Serie A.
Edgar Barreto, Massimo Donati, and Matias Auguste Silvestre scored in the first half, while Igor Budan added a fourth 2 minutes after half and Miccoli followed in the 51st.
Palermo rebounded from last week's defeat to Cagliari, and climbed within two points of Inter Milan for seventh place.
Lazio lost for the third time in its last four matches to slip to fourth, but is still level on points with third-place Udinese.
Udinese 0, Cagliari 0
Udine, Italy - Udinese settled for a 0-0 draw against Cagliari on Sunday at the Stadio Friuli, but still moved up to third place in Serie A.
Udinese has struggled recently, picking up just five points from its last six matches, but Lazio lost 5-1 to Palermo on Sunday for its third setback in its last four to open the door.
Cagliari extended its unbeaten streak to five matches, and sits ninth in the standings.