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Bologna 1-1 Parma

Bologna and Parma battled out to a 1-1 draw at the Renato Dall’Ara as Rafaelle Palladino scored a goal as well as had one ruled out for offside. 

The Juventus youth product though he has opened the scoring early on with a fine volley from six-yards out but it never stood due to a marginal offside call. 

That in turn opened up for Bologna to break the deadlock. Cherubin gathered the ball from a set play, spun his marker and curled in past Antonio Mirante for 1-0. 

It was so nearly 2-0 for the Rossoblu at the restart. Cristaldo had beaten Mirante only to see his shot cleared off the line by a Parma defender. 

As the game drew to a close, Palladino leveled things up with a volley at the back post on a Jonathan Biabiany cross. 

Livorno 4-2 Chievo

Alberto Paloschi’s hat-trick helped remove Chievo out of the relegation zone as the Fly Donkeys snatched a 4-2 win over Livorno at the Artemio Franchi. 

The Tuscans wasted no time in getting on the score sheet when they capitalized on a poor clearance by Sebastian Frey that saw Siligardi nod home the match-opener. 

Chievo responded with a goal of their own almost immediately as Alberto Paloschi sprung the offside trap to strike in a half-volley. 

Cyril Thereau then turned around the relegation dogfight when he made it 2-1 for Chievo with free header from 10 yards. 

Parity was restored for a second time when Paulinho stood up to the penalty spot and converted with a calmly taken spot-kick. 

The defensive work on either end of the field left little to be desired about and it allowed for Paloschi to pounce on a poorly dealt with corner to send Chievo heading into the interval 3-2 up. 

Paloschi completed his hat-trick at the restart when he converted a penalty to spur hopes of Chievo’s Serie A survival. 

Sampdoria 0-4 Inter

Mauro Icardi scored twice for Inter as they ran riot over Sampdoria at the Luigi Ferraris to claim a 4-0 win and improve their chances of a European berth. 

It was an interesting encounter as it saw Mauro Icardi come up against his former teammate, and the ex-husband of his current lover Wanda Nara, Maxi Lopez.

The latter refused to shake the hand of Icardi and, ironically, the Inter man got his own back as he handed the Nerazzurri the lead with a volley at the near post. 

Maxi Lopez was then given the opportunity to level things up from the penalty spot, but he failed to deal with the pressure as Samir Handanovic pulled off a save from 11 meters. 

Walter Samuel doubled Inter’s advantage at the restart when he rose above everyone in the box and nodded in a corner kick, before seeing Icardi get his brace with a tap-in from a yard out. 

Rodrigo Palacio wrapped up an impressive win when he burst into the box to roll home a diagonal ball in at the near post for 4-0. 

Torino 2-1 Genoa

Torino scored two late goals to overturn their deficit and defeat Genoa 2-1 at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday afternoon. 

Alberto Gilardino broke the deadlock with a just five minutes to go when he came off the bench and met a cross at the back post with his thigh. 

Few would have predicted what was to unfold as Ciro Immobile drew level when he turned the ball, ran towards the box and launched a ball into the roof of the net. 

The game was then won 60 seconds later with a spectacular curler by Alessio Cerci that sailed into the top corner. 

Verona 3-5 Fiorentina

Fiorentina and Hellas Verona played out to an eight-goal thriller as the Tuscans claimed a 5-3 win at the Stadio Bentegodi on Sunday afternoon. 

Sala was the first of many scorers to get on the scoresheet when he broke the deadlock on 14 minutes with a diving header after Neto had initially parried a shot. 

Juan Cuadrado then leveled things up on the half hour with a fantastic goal following a give-and-go with Borja Valero- his shot going under bar from tightest angle. 

The goal spurred the Viola on and they turned the scoreline in favour of them with a tap-in from Alberto Aquilani just before the break. 

At the restart Borja Valero cleaned up on Aquilani’s header as he sliced home Fiorentina’s third goal despite the Hellas Verona ‘keeper having got his fingers to it. 

Things went from bad to worse for the Butei as Marco Donadel was sent off midway through the second 45, although it didn’t stop Luca Toni from slicing home a penalty to reduce the deficit. 

It was a manic few minutes of mayhem as Fiorentina were also rewarded a penalty and this time it saw 

Alessandro Matri convert from 11 meters, before Aquilani got his second goal of the day to make it 5-2. 

Iturbe finished the game with a goal for the hosts with a run from his own half before smashing in an impressive finish. 

Milan 1-0 Catania 

Milan claimed their fourth successive win for the first time since January 2012 with their labored 1-0 win over a ten-man Catania side at the San Siro on Sunday evening. 

Catania were given a tremendous amount license to roam from the Rossoneri and they frequently threatened Christian Abbiati’s goal with some fast pace attacks. 

But it was Milan’s decisiveness in front of goal that saw them have the upper hand when they grabbed the lead with a sudden snapshot from Riccardo Montolivo. The midfielder’s effort was taken from 25-30 meters out and it flew into the near bottom corner, leaving Mariano Andujar stunned. 

Rinaudo’s red card 15 minutes from time was about the most exciting thing to occur in the second-half as neither team could produce anything worthy of raising a heart beat. 

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