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Serie A review: Juve down Milan

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Claudio Marchisio's late double helped Juventus retain top spot in Serie A and condemn AC Milan to their second defeat of the season at the Juventus Arena.

In a game of few chances, it took two slices of good fortunes to see the hosts leave with all three points, with Daniele Bonera clearing the ball against the oncoming Marchisio to open the scoring, while the Italian's second saw goalkeeper Christian Abbiati allow the ball to inexplicably slip through his grasp.

The win is the latest sign that Juventus' revival under Antonio Conte is gathering momentum, while defeat for Milan leaves them in 15th in the league.

Udinese kept pace with The Old Lady with a comfortable win over Bologna, as Mehdi Benatia's close range finish and Angelo Di Natalie's second hall penalty ensured they stay level on points.

 

Claudio Ranieri's honeymoon period at Inter Milan ended with an empathic 3-0 defeat at the hands of third place Napoli. Joel Obi sending off led to Hugo Armando Campagnaro opening the scoring after Marek Hamsik's penalty was saved, before Christian Maggio and Hamsik himself netted to seal the win.

Roma's ruthless first half finish was enough to see them overcome a battle Atalanta. Bojan and Pablo Osvaldo's fiorst half goal put the home side in control, but German Denis' header gave Atalanta hope before Fabio Henrique Simplicio ended any arguments with a late third.

Rivals Lazio are also going in good shape going into the first Rome derby of the season as they beat Fiorentina thanks to Miroslav Klose's goal seven minutes from time, while Palermo are fourth following their win over Siena.

Sebastian Giovinco's double helped Parama overcome Genoa, Cagliari beat undisciplined Leccewhile Alejandro Gomez's 91 minute equaliser salvaged a point for Catania against Novara in a thrilling 3-3 draw.

The only other draw of the weekend came between Cesena and Chievo, who could';t be separated after a goalless encounter.

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