Roberto Mancini recorded the biggest result of his second stint at Inter Milan as they held current Serie A champions Juventus to a draw in Turin in the biggest game of Tuesday’s action.
Lukas Podolski also made his Inter debut from the substitute’s bench, with Mauro Icardi pouncing to cancel out Carlos Tevez’s early to salvage a point for the visitors.
It is a result that has now opened up the title race, with Roma continuing to pile on the pressure with a crucial victory over Andrea Stramaccioni’s high-flying Udinese side.
Big team victories
David Astori’s controversial goal helped Rudi Garcia’s team close the gap on Juventus to just a solitary point at the summit and boost their hopes of winning a first Scudetto since 2001.
The defeat was particularly unlucky for Udinese, with the goal-line official ruling out the goal only to be overruled by the referee following protests from the Roma players.
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Replays have ultimately proved inconclusive, but the impact of such a controversial victory may only be fully known once the season draws to a close in May.
Meanwhile Rafael Benitez’s Napoli continued their relentless quest to secure Champions League football with an emphatic 4-1 victory over bottom of the table Cesena.
Gonzalo Higuain netted a brace to continue to endear himself to Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool ahead of a potential bid, with Jose Callejon and Marek Hamsik piling on the misery on a side now seven points adrift of safety.
They have won just once in 17 league games so far this season, and are in need of a miracle if they are to remain in the top flight of Italian football beyond this current campaign.
AC Milan looked to have turned a corner under Filippo Inzaghi with a stunning performance over Real Madrid in Abu Dhabi last month, but were brought crashing back down to earth as Sassuolo left the San Siro with all three points.
Midfielder Andrea Poli had given the hosts’ the lead early on, but Nicola Sansone and Simone Zaza both scored to complete the comeback and move their side up to 10th in the table.
Parma remain entrenched in a battle against relegation but stunned Vincenzo Montella’s Fiorentina to move to within seven points of safety.
Andrea Costa scored the only goal of the game, but after last month saw the club docked of a point for failing to pay their wages can now look forward to a better year in 2015.
Genoa and Atalanta played out a four-goal thriller that ended with honours even in an entertaining contest at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.
Davide Zappacosta and Maximiliano Moralez both scored to give the away side the ascendancy, but goals from Iago Falque and Alessandro Matri gave the hosts’ a share of the spoils.
Gianfranco Zola endured a miserable first game as manager of Cagliari as they were battered into submission by Giuseppe Iachini’s Palermo.
Paulo Dybala was at the double to lead the charge, with Michel Morganella, Ezequiel Munoz and Edgar Baretto scoring to complete the rout.
Empoli and Verona drew a blank in the only goalless fixture from the month’s opening games.