Juventus’s title defence hopes were buoyed after the champions opened up a five-point lead over Napoli, with Inter Milan leapfrogging city rivals Milan into fourth place on Sunday.
Inter capitalised on the dropped points at the San Siro to move up to fourth place with a convincing 3-1 win over Chievo.
Antonio Cassano gave Inter a second-minute lead when his strike squeezed past Christian Puggioni in the Chievo net. Chievo levelled on 21 minutes thanks to Luca Rigoni, but two minutes later defender Andrea Ranocchia rose above the opposition defence to send a bullet header past Puggioni.
Inter’s domination continued into the second half, the Nerazzurri taking just five minutes to score a third after Diego Milito trapped Esteban Cambiasso’s cross in the area to rifle home.
Meanwhile, in their first game since the sacking of Czech coach Zdenek Zeman last week, Roma’s slump continued with a 3-1 defeat to Sampdoria.
Paraguayan midfielder Marcelo Estigarribia broke the deadlock on 56 minutes and Samp doubled their lead on 73 minutes when second-half substitute Gianluca Sansone rifled a freekick past Maarten Stekelenburg.
Midfielder Erik Lamela reduced arrears two minutes later, but a further two minutes later Emanuele Icardi was left unmarked to beat Stekelenburg at the back post from a 77th minute corner.AFP