Lazio denied AC Milan a chance to take top spot in Serie A by winning 2-0 tonight with late goals at the Stadio Olimpico.
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Hernanes put Lazio ahead in the 76th minute before Tommaso Rocchi capped off a wonderful evening for the hosts with five minutes remaining.The Rosssoneri controlled possession throughout but could not find a way past Lazio goalkeeper Federico Marchetti as they dropped valuable points in Rome in their battle for the Scudetto.
The result, Milan's fourth defeat of the season, has left them one point behind Serie A leaders Juventus, who have a game in hand after their scheduled match at Parma was postponed yesterday due to the snow that has hit Serie A this week. Lazio, meanwhile, remain fourth, four points adrift of Milan.
Inter Milan and Palermo drew 4-4 in snowy conditions at the San Siro with both Diego Milito and Fabrizio Miccoli scoring hat-tricks in an action-packed game.
Andrea Mantovani put Palermo in front in the 16th minute, but Diego Milito scored the first of his four goals six minutes later. Miccoli got his name on the scoresheet for the first time to put Palermo in front again in the 52nd minute before two more goals from Milito turned the game around into Inter's favour.
Miccoli brought Palermo level again in the 66th minute, but Milito struck again two minutes later to put Inter in front. However, the last word was reserved for Miccoli, who earned Palermo a point five minutes from time.
Udinese narrowed the gap on Juventus at the top of Serie A with a 2-1 victory over Lecce at the Stadio Friuli.
Michele Pazienza marked his debut with a goal after just two minutes, but Davide Di Michele brought an in-form Lecce level in the 25th minute. Serie A's top goalscorer Antonio Di Natale restored Udinese's lead in the 36th minute, earning them all three points with his 15th goal of the season.
Thiago Ribeiro bagged a brace as Cagliari ended Roma's six-game unbeaten run in Serie A with an impressive 4-2 victory at Stadio Sant'Elia.
The Brazilian forward opened the scoring after six minutes while Mauricio Pinilla added Cagliari's second four minutes before half-time after Roma had rallied to lead through strikes by Juan and Fabio Borini. Thiago's second of the match put Cagliari back in the driving seat before Albin Ekdal made sure of the points in stoppage time.
Napoli's poor league form continued as they were held to a goalless draw at home by Cesena.
Walter Mazzarri's side were denied victory by a controversial decision by referee Luca Banti to rule out a goal from Goran Pandev in stoppage time.