It was game week 14 for Serie A last weekend and with the top three sides all featuring on Monday, it gave AS Roma and Juventus a real chance to mount pressure on the leading pack.
It has been a season to forget so far for Juve, but following a nightmare start to the campaign, they are finally starting to pick up some momentum with five wins out of their last six.
Inter Milan, Napoli and Fiorentina all played on Monday evening, meaning attention turned to fourth placed AS Roma, who had the chance to go joint-top on 30 points as they hosted Atalanta.
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However first lets take a look at the double-header that took place on Saturday.
There were only two matches on Saturday in Italy as Torino hosted Bologna and AC Milan took on Sampdoria at the San Siro.
The home sides were both strong favourites going into either game, and it panned out that way as Torino comfortably won 2-0 and Milan thumped Sampdoria 4-1.
Torino's win puts them 8th in the table, while Milan are now 6th, just one point behind last year's champions Juventus.
For the losing sides, they face a more daunting Christmas period as Bologna sit in the relegation zone in 18th place, while Sampdoria are 14th, just three points above the drop.
Important games coming up for all four teams but for different reasons.
A fairly quiet Saturday was followed up by a busy Sunday as 12 teams were in action.
The main games took place in Rome and Palermo as AS Roma hosted Atalanta and Juventus travelled to Sicily.
With the top teams not playing until Monday, Roma had the chance to go top, but they missed out on that opportunity as they fell to a shock 2-0 home defeat. The defeat keeps them fourth in the table, while Atalanta climbed to 9th with their first win in three matches.
No such surprises in Palermo as Juve cruised to a 3-0 win which puts them just three points behind Roma and just six points off the leaders.
Things not looking so good however for Palermo as they sit 16th and just two points above the drop. Clearly missing Paulo Dybala.
There was another crucial game on Sunday but this time at the bottom of the table as Frosinone took on Verona with the duo both in the relegation zone.
However a 3-2 home win ensured Frosinone climbed out of the drop zone for now and kept Verona rooted to the bottom of the Serie A table and still without a win all season.
Elsewhere, Udinese won 3-2 away at Chievo, Carpi picked up an impressive 2-1 away with at Genoa, which was only their second of the season and Empoli beat Lazio 1-0 in a mid-table clash.
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