Serie A roundup: Inter cruise to stay top, but Juve making their move


A roundup of all of the weekend’s action in Italy’s top flight:

Udinese 0-4 Inter Milan

Inter Milan’s stay atop the Serie A table will last at least two weeks more after Roberto Mancini’s side hammered Udinese on Saturday. 22-year-old Mauro Icardi, who led the league in goals scored last season, scored twice for the visitors, and Stevan Jovetic and Marcelo Brozovic added single tallies of their own for a resounding 4-0 away victory. The victory is Inter’s 11th of the league season (16 games played) and puts them four points clear of second, on 36 points.

Napoli 0-0 Roma

Currently sitting four points back of Inter is Napoli, who held nearly two-thirds of the game’s possession, but could only muster a draw at home against Roma on Sunday. Ever since they beat Inter on Nov. 30, putting themselves top of the league for the first time in 25 years, Napoli have won just one of six possible points. Roma, meanwhile, are winless in their last six games (all competitions) including their last four in the league.

Juventus 3-1 Fiorentina

Juventus, the four-time reigning Serie A champions, were always going to put together a fine run of form and quickly ascend the league table after some early-season struggles brought about by the departures of Arturo Vidal, Carlos Tevez and Andrea Pirlo. Six straight league wins would perhaps indicate that time is now. Sunday’s triumph over third-place Fiorentina was no. 6 for Massimiliano Allegri’s side. Juve went a goal down in the 3rd minute, but quickly equalized through Juan Cuadrado three minutes later. Mario Mandzukic put the home side ahead in the 80th minute and 22-year-old Paulo Dybala bagged his eighth league goal of the season in the 91st to complete the scoring.

AC Milan 1-1 Hellas Verona

A 10-man AC Milan side drew 1-1 at home against last-place Hellas Verona on Sunday. Nigel de Jong was shown a straight red card in the 56th minute, four minutes after Carlos Bacca put Milan up 1-0. 38-year-old Luca Toni converted the ensuing penalty kick to equalize and win Verona their seventh point of the season. Milan, meanwhile, sit seventh in the league, five points back of Fiorentina, who currently occupy the third and final UEFA Champions League place.

Elsewhere in Serie A

Genoa 0-1 Bologna
Palermo 4-1 Frosinone
Chievo 1-0 Atalanta
Empoli 3-0 Carpi
Sassuolo vs. Torino — PPD

Monday’s Serie A schedule

Lazio vs. Sampdoria (2:45 p.m. ET)