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Sunday, January 22, 2012
Udinese and Milan keep up pressure

Udinese kept up the chase of Juventus at the top of Serie A with a 2-1 win over Catania at the Stadio Friuli.

Pablo Armero put the hosts in front in the 20th minute and their top scorer Antonio Di Natale got his name on the scoresheet once again to make it 2-0 in the 53rd minute.

Francesco Lodi grabbed a consolation for Catania in the fifth minute of stoppage time from the penalty spot.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice as AC Milan recovered from last week's derby defeat against Inter by beating Novara 3-0 at the Stadio Silvio Piola.

For nearly an hour Milan suffered similar frustrations to last week, when they slipped to a 1-0 defeat, but Ibrahimovic broke the deadlock in the 57th minute. Robinho doubled the lead in the 73rd minute, before Ibrahimovic grabbed his second in the last minute.

Giampaolo Pazzini scored a controversial winner as Inter Milan came from behind to beat Lazio 2-1 and move above their opponents into fourth place.

Tommaso Rocchi put the visitors in front after half an hour, but Diego Milito levelled just before the interval. Pazzini then scored when he should have been flagged for offside in the 63rd minute to earn the Nerazzurri victory, with a seventh straight Serie A win putting them just three points behind third-placed Udinese.

Goran Pandev scored a late equaliser as Napoli rescued a point at Siena with a 1-1 draw.

Emanuele Calaio had put the hosts ahead in the 67th minute and Siena goalkeeper Gianluca Pegolo then kept out substitute Ezequiel Lavezzi's penalty kick after he was brought down inside the area by Siena's Gaetano D'Agostino.

Just when Siena looked to be heading for their fifth win of the campaign, though, Pandev pulled the visitors level with four minutes to go.

Napoli, who have mustered just two wins in their last six league matches, remain seventh in Serie A.

Fabrizio Miccoli inspired Palermo to a first win in seven games, 5-3 over Genoa, to halt their slide down the table.

The 32-year-old had a hand in four of the Sicilian side's goals against Genoa as coach Bortolo Mutti presided over a first victory since taking over the reins of the team last month.

Miccoli was joined on the scoresheet by Igor Budan, Matias Silvestre, Andrea Mantovani and Giulio Migliaccio, with Rodrigo Palacio (two) and Bosko Jankovic replying for Genoa.

David Di Michele struck at the death as hosts Lecce came from two goals down to claim a deserved point, 2-2 against Chievo .

Alberto Paloschi put the visitors ahead early on before extending his team's lead after 24 minutes. Andrea Esposito reduced the deficit for the home side on the half-hour mark before Di Michele fired home seconds from time.

Cagliari and Fiorentina played out an uninspiring goalless draw in their mid-table Serie A battle at the Stadio Sant' Elia.

Neither goalkeeper had to work too hard to preserve his clean sheet in a match of few clear-cut chances, with a point apiece doing little for either team's hopes of climbing into the top half of the standings.

The early game was the most disappointing as Bologna and Parma shared the spoils in a lifeless 0-0 Emilia-Romagna derby at the Stadio Dall'Ara.

Neither side had many opportunities to score with Bologna just shading the first half, when they created their best chances, and Parma improving in the second 45 minutes, when they came closest to scoring. However, a goalless draw was a fair reflection of a derby game bereft of emotion between two sides who remain in the bottom half of Serie A.

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