Serie A Round Up
Serie A leaders AC Milan were held at home by bottom club Bari and Francesco Totti settled the Rome derby.
Udinesse produced another impressive performance on their travels to stay in the hunt for UEFA Champions League qualification and Catania gained an important win at the bottom end of the table.
Milan were forced to come from behind with 10 men to claim a 1-1 draw against Bari at the San Siro thanks to Antonio Cassano’s late equaliser.
Bari were ahead on 39 minutes through Gergely Rudolf before Robinho had a goal harshly disallowed for offside in the first minute of the second half.
The title favourites had Zlatan Ibrahimovic sent off on 73 minutes for tangling with Marco Rossi before substitute Cassano converted Luca Antonini’s cross eight minutes from time.
Veteran playmaker Totti struck twice inside the final 20 minutes as Roma enjoyed a 2-0 success over Lazio, who finished the game with nine men.
David Pizarro hit the bar for Roma after just five minutes before Totti’s free-kick broke the deadlock with 20 minutes to go.
Stefan Radu and Cristian Ledesma were sent off in the closing minutes for Lazio before Totti converted a penalty three minutes into added time after Giuseppe Biava had brought down Fabio Simplicio.
Third-placed Napoli won for the first time in three games as they defeated Parma 3-1, despite turning around at the half-time 1-0 down to a strike from Raffaele Palladino.
The returning Ezequiel Lavezzi then set up Marek Hamsik, who returned the favour for the second goal, before Danielle Galloppa was sent off for the hosts and Christian Maggio added a late third.
Fresh from scoring seven in their last away game, Udinese won 4-0 away to Cagliari to keep a sixth successive clean sheet in Serie A.
All the goals arrived in a 12-minute spell either side of the interval as Mehdi Benatia scored on 42 minutes and Alexis Sanchez netted two minutes later.
Antonio Di Natale scored three minutes after half-time before the experienced striker scored his second of the game on 54 minutes.
Catania gave themselves some breathing space at the bottom end of the table after a 1-0 home win over 10-man Sampdoria.
Fernando Tissone was sent off for Sampdoria for two bookable offences midway through the first half and Cristian Llama scored the decisive goal for Catania 15 minutes from time.
Juan Vargas’ goal three minutes after half-time was enough to secure Fiorentina a 1-0 away win over Chievo Verona.
Antonio Floro Flores pounced on 77 minutes to clinch a 1-0 win for Genoa at home to inconsistent Palermo.
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