Juventus saw their lead at the top of Serie A cut to just three points as a fine individual goal from Nicola Sansone kept Parma’s lengthy unbeaten home run intact with a 1-1 draw.
Antonio Conte’s Juve were desperate to atone for last weekend’s surprise defeat to Sampdoria, a result which saw Lazio close to within five points of the league leaders.
Andrea Pirlo threatened to hand Parma a first home defeat since March with his fortuitous free-kick just after the break, but Sansone danced behind the Juve backline to level the tie and rescue a deserved point.
Lazio are now within three points of Juve with a hard-earned 2-0 victory over 10-man Atalanta at the Stadio Olimpico.
A controversial finish from Sergio Floccari and Davide Brivio’s own-goal saw Lazio take full advantage of Juve’s slip-up at Parma.
Floccari’s opener had a suspicion of handball in the build-up and so Atalanta defender Carlos Carmona let his frustration boil over to pick up two quick yellow cards as time ticked away in Rome.
AC Milan missed the chance to go sixth in the after neither side managed to make the breakthrough in a hectic goalless draw at Sampdoria.
Massimiliano Allegri’s men were eager to leapfrog Roma, who lost at Catania, but found themselves largely under the cosh in Genoa as Samp looked to claim their second big scalp in a week.
Lorenzo De Silvestri, Andrea Poli and Mauro Icardi whipped the Marassi faithful into a frenzy with a host of exciting plays, with Bojan Krkic and Kevin-Prince Boateng coming close for the visitors, but ultimately it was Delio Rossi’s Blucerchiati who were left the more frustrated side.
Edinson Cavani failed to register his 100th Serie A goal but Napoli also closed the gap on the league leaders courtesy of a third consecutive victory as Palermo were dispatched 3-0.
The Uruguayan was primed to bring up a century of goals in the Italian top flight, with his former club Palermo the likely victims, but instead Christian Maggio proceeded to open the scoring.
Cavani continued to have an off day but Gokhan Inler and Lorenzo Insigne spared him any embarrassment by ensuring a third straight defeat for Palermo, who are now four points from safety.
Roma’s European ambitions suffered another blow after they crashed to a third defeat in four matches after going down 1-0 to mid-table Catania.
Alejandro Gomez’s second-half goal proved the difference between the two as Catania followed in the footsteps of Chievo and Napoli by sending sixth-placed Roma to defeat on the road.
Udinese came from behind to keep their outside chances of playing in Europe again next season alive with an impressive 3-1 win over Fiorentina.
An unfortunate own goal from Zeljko Brkic gave Fiorentina the lead in the 19th minute, but Antonio Di Natale levelled matters from the penalty spot in first-half stoppage time.
Di Natale then gave Udinese the lead before Muriel grabbed a third to lift the Zebrette level on points with seventh-placed AC Milan, five points behind the Viola, who occupy the last Europa League qualifying berth.
Daniele Conti’s late header completed a Cagliari comeback for a 2-1 win that lifted them out of the Serie A relegation zone at the expense of Genoa.
Despite dominating the opening period the hosts, who had lost their past five matches, fell behind three minutes after half-time when Eros Pisano headed in a corner.
Marco Sau levelled almost immediately before Conti met Fernando Danilo Avelar’s pin-point 82nd-minute free-kick to ensure the home fans, who were allowed back into the Stadio Is Arenas for the first time in a month, went home happy.
Torino survived a late scare to take all three points in a dramatic 3-2 victory over Siena at the Stadio Olimpico.
It all looked easy for Torino as they led 3-1 at half-time thanks to goals from Matteo Brighi, Rolando Bianchi and Alessio Cerci, with Reginaldo replying for Siena.
But Michele Paolucci pulled a goal back for the Bianconeri and former Torino midfielder Alessandro Rosina missed a penalty in the 89th minute as the Granata only just held on to a win which lifts them seven points clear of the bottom three, and leaves Siena rock bottom.
Inter Milan edged closer to the top of Serie A with a comfortable 2-0 win against struggling Pescara, who can count themselves lucky to have got away with such a modest scoreline at the Stadio San Siro.
Goals from Rodrigo Palacio and Fredy Guarin earned Andrea Stramaccioni’s side all three points in a game the Nerazzurri controlled from start to finish.
Only a case of poor and tame finishing denied Inter a greater victory, yet the three points took them above Napoli into third place, a point behind Lazio and six adrift of league leaders Juventus, who travel to Parma on Sunday.
Bologna eased their relegation worries with a convincing 4-0 win over Chievo in a one-sided game which kicked off the second half of the Serie A season.
Panagiotis Kone got the home team on the way in the 12th minute, with Alberto Gilardino doubling their lead two minutes before the interval.
Gilardino effectively wrapped things up on the hour mark, with Chievo showing no signs of a recovery, although Alberto Paloschi hit a post late on before Manolo Gabbiadini added a fourth in the 89th minute.
The win lifted the Rossoblu to within three points of their opponents and five points clear of the relegation zone.