Serie A roundup: Inter lose, stay top; Juve keep winning, closing gap

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

Inter Milan 1-2 Lazio

Inter Milan’s lead atop the Serie A table shrunk from four points to one on Sunday with a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of 10th-place Lazio. The visitors went ahead through Antonio Candreva’s long-range blast in the 5th minute (below video), but Roberto Mancini’s side equalized through Mauro Icardi just after the half-hour mark. Candreva bagged his brace on 87 minutes. The defeat is just the third of the season for Inter (36 points), and second since the start of October, but with everyone else in the title race winning on the weekend, it’s already proved a costly result.

Atalanta 1-3 Napoli

2nd-place Napoli broke a two-game winless streak with a 3-1 away victory over 9th-place Atalanta on Sunday. Marek Hamsik opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 52nd minute, before — who else? — Gonzalo Higuain bagged a brace on 62 and 85 minutes. Sunday’s haul makes it 16 goals in league games for Higuain this season.

Fiorentina 2-0 Chievo

Still hanging around the title race, and very much in with a shout for UEFA Champions League qualification (top-three), is Fiorentina, who topped 11th-place Chievo on Sunday. Nikola Kalinic (20th minute) and Josip Ilicic (32nd) bagged the early goals to keep Paulo Sousa’s side third in the table, now just a point back of Inter.

Carpi 2-3 Juventus

Get off the tracks, everyone, because Juventus are coming through with a full head of steam… and then some. Sunday’s victory against 19th-place Carpi makes it seven in a row for Massimiliano Allegri’s four-time defending Serie A champions. Mario Mandzukic scored twice (18th and 41st minutes) for Juve, who also got a goal from Paul Pogba (50th). The 3-2 scoreline flatters Carpi, who took a 15th-minute lead through Marco Borriello and pulled back a consolation goal in second-half stoppage time through Leonardo Bonucci.

Roma 2-0 Genoa

Things are beginning to look up again for Roma, who now are now three games unbeaten. The only problem: Sunday’s victory was their first in five games, and they’ve fallen to 5th during that poor run of form. Alessandro Florenzi opened the scoring in the 42nd minute and Sadiq Umar added the late insurance goal (89th minute) to keep Rudi Garcia’s side in the top-five (Europa League qualification), four points ahead of 6th-place AC Milan.

Frosinone 2-4 AC Milan

Speaking of Milan, the Rossoneri put four past 18th-place Frosinone on Sunday, which was enough from them to leapfrog Sassuolo for 6th place. After going down a goal on 15 minutes, Ignazio Abate equalized for Milan in the 50th minute. Carlos Bacca gave Milan the lead five minutes later, and Alex scored the eventual winner in the 77th minute. Frosinone hit back in the 83rd, but Giacomo Bonventura re-established the two-goal lead in second-half stoppage time.

Elsewhere in Serie A

Bologna 2-3 Empoli
Hellas Verona 1-1 Sassuolo
Sampdoria 2-0 Palermo
Torino 0-1 Udinese