Juventus Shocked As Roma Win Again To Maintain Serie A Lead

Nicola Sansone’s free-kick earned Sassuolo a historic 1-0 win over 10-man Juventus on Wednesday at the Mapei stadium.

The Sassuolo forward struck the only goal of the game in the 20th minute, a brilliant curled free-kick that left Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon rooted to the spot.

Juve had defender Giorgio Chiellini sent off for a second yellow card in the 39th minute and could not find a way past Sassuolo keeper Gianluca Pegolo.

The outcome in Sassuolo, Juve’s fourth loss in Serie A, has left the defending Italian champions 12th in the standings with 12 points from 10 games.

Roma celebrate after Maicon scored their second goal of the game in a 3-1 win against Udinese.
Juve are now 11 points adrift of league leaders Roma, who cruised to a 3-1 win against Udinese at the Stadio Olimpico.

The Giallorossi struck twice early on through Miralem Pjanic and Maicon before Gervinho made it 3-0 after the hour.

Udinese’s Cyril Theareau reduced the arrears in the 77th minute but the visitors got no closer as Roma celebrated their fifth straight win in Italy.

Wednesday’s victory, which keeps Roma unbeaten at home, has lifted the club two points clear of nearest rivals Napoli, Inter Milan and Fiorentina, who are all level on 21 points after winning their respective encounters.

Udinese, meanwhile, have lost their fifth game of the campaign and have dropped to 15th place in the standings.

Luca Antonelli’s second-half strike was enough to earn AC Milan a 1-0 victory over Chievo at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium.

With the game knotted 0-0 after 53 minutes, Carlos Bacca set up Antonelli in the box and the Milan defender hit a diagonal shot towards the far post to beat Chievo goalkeeper Albano Bizarri.

The victory, AC Milan’s fifth of the campaign, has lifted the Rossoneri to eighth in the standings.

Chievo have now lost three games in a row and have dropped to 11th place.

Gonzalo Higuain scored in his fourth straight game to fire Napoli to a 2-0 home win over Palermo.

The Argentine put Napoli ahead with a 25-yard shot in the 39th minute. Higuain then saw his right-footed attempt on the hour hit the right post.

The hosts were again denied by the woodwork in the 73rd minute when substitute Dries Mertens’ 12-yard strike rattled the left post.

Napoli finally doubled their lead 10 minutes from time when Allan set up Mertens in the box and the Belgian winger coolly struck past Palermo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino.

The win, Napoli’s fifth straight in Serie A, keeps the Azzurri in second place, two points adrift of league leaders Roma.

Fiorentina halted a three-match winless run with a 2-0 triumph at Hellas Verona.

The Viola took a 25th-minute lead after Nikola Kalinic’s strike took a deflection off Hellas defender Rafael Marquez and the ball went past goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini.

Kalinic then doubled the Viola’s lead in the 57th minute when he tapped in Giuseppe Rossi’s cross.

A last-gasp equaliser from Diego Laxalt earned Genoa a point at Torino in a 3-3 draw.

Toro looked to be heading for their fifth win of the campaign after an own goal from Genoa substitute Panagiotis Tachtsidis had given the Granata a 3-2 lead one minute from time.

However, Laxalt’s header from Diego Perotti’s cross denied the hosts victory.

Alejandro Gomez grabbed a late winner as Atalanta came from a goal down to snatch a 2-1 win over Lazio.

Lucas Biglia gave Lazio the lead in the 16th minute with a superb free-kick from 25 yards which rocketed into the net off the inside of a post.

However, the hosts were thrown a lifeline when Dusan Basta inadvertently turned the ball into his own net midway through the second half.

Four minutes from full time Atalanta nicked a hard-fought victory when Gomez met a cross from Marco D’Alessandro and slammed it high into the Lazio net.

Paolo Sammarco scored in stoppage time as Frosinone beat fellow strugglers Carpi 2-1.

Basement boys Carpi fell behind in the 51st minute when Daniel Ciofani collected Federico Dionisi’s pass and fired left footed into the bottom right corner. But the visitors, with just one win to their name all season, equalised after Marco Borriello set up Luca Marrone to drive home.

Both sides were reduced to 10 men with Frosinone’s Danilo Soddimo and Borriello seeing red. But Sammarco had the final say when he tapped in Dionisi’s cross a minute into time added on.

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