Serie A roundup: Napoli stay top, but Juventus a close 2nd

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

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Napoli 3-1 Sassuolo

From a goal down after three minutes, to a 3-1 victory, Napoli remain top of Serie A, thanks in large part to a pair of goals scored by Gonzalo Higuain (20 goals in 20 league games this season). Higuain put Napoli in the lead for good on 42 minutes, after Jose Callejon equalized in the 19th minute. Higuain completed the scoring in second-half stoppage time.

With the victory, Napoli’s two-point lead atop the league table remains intact, holding off for one another week a furious charge from the four-time reigning Serie A champions, Juventus.

Udinese 0-4 Juventus

Whether home or away, playing with a man advantage for 65 minutes makes life a great deal easier. If you’re a side that’s won nine straight league games, as Juve had done heading into Sunday, you’ll likely finish the day with 10 straight victories, as Juve did on Sunday. 30 out of 30 points won in their last 10 league games — truly remarkable.

It was 2-0 before Udinese even had a man sent off; Paulo Dybala (below video) and Sami Khedira the goalscorers. Dybala made it 3-0 from the ensuing penalty kick after Danilo was sent off, and Alex Sandro completed the scoring in the 42nd minute (below video). Now on 42 points, just two back of Napoli, it seems an inevitability Juve will soon claim the league lead, never to relinquish it this season.

Atalanta 1-1 Inter Milan

Inter Milan, who for much of the season sat top of the league, dropped points to remain third in the league table, now two points back of Juve. Saturday’s 1-1 affair with Atalanta was a comical display of own goals scored by either side. Inter have scored just one goal of their own in their last three league games, a stretch which has seen them win just four of nine possible points.

AC Milan 2-0 Fiorentina

Fiorentina entered Sunday fourth, with a chance to go third thanks to Inter’s less-than-ideal result the day before, but in fourth they would remain after a hugely disappointing defeat at the hands of now-6th-place (previously 6th) AC Milan. Carlos Bacca put the hosts ahead after just four minutes, and Kevin Prince Boateng bookended the scoring in the 88th minute. Now on 32 points, Milan are just three points off the pace of Roma for fifth (Europa League), six behind Fiorentina for fourth (Europa League) and eight behind Inter for third (Champions League).

Elsewhere in Serie A

Roma 1-1 Hellas Verona
Torino 4-2 Frosinone
Genoa 4-0 Palermo
Chievo 1-1 Empoli
Bologna 2-2 Lazio
Carpi 2-1 Sampdoria