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Serie A Afternoon Wrap

Atalanta-Napoli (3-0)

German Denis hit the back of the net twice for Atalanta as they outdid Napoli 3-0 at the Atleti Azzurri D’Italia.

A strong second-half showing by the home side meant they secured a crucial win to help them move closer to the top half of the Serie A log.

The cold and poor weather clearly had a damper on the game opening 45 minutes of the encounter as neither side could muster a goal to break the deadlock heading into the interval.

But two minutes into the second period, Atalanta found themselves 1-0 up when Pepe Reina made a howler from German Denis’s shot and saw it slip past him in goal.

The Argentine’s effort sparked Atalanta into life and they doubled their lead in great fashion. Gokhan Inler failed to acrobatically clear his line as the ball fell into the path of Denis, who then fired home a volley past a frustrated Reina.

Maxi Moralez put the Nerazzurri’s result beyond a doubt when he beat his marker to tap home a loose ball with the slightest of touches at the near post.

Catania-Livorno (3-3)

Vincent Emeghara scored twice and won a penalty for Livorno as the Tuscans failed to come out on top in the six-goal thriller against Catania, seeing the result end 3-3.

It was all even going into the interval until an effort by Innocent Emeghara saw the Tuscans go ahead five minutes after the restart.

The Nigerian-born Swiss striker saw an effort by his teammate parried into his path and he had the simplest of tap-ins to make it 1-0.

Catania found themselves pull a goal back when Gonzalo Bergessio fumbled in a shot which Francesco Bardi failed to hold on to after Pablo Barrientos struck the initial ball.

The Amaranti were then handed a penalty after Frison brought down Emeghara in the box, and it saw Livorno go 2-1 up. Paulinho stood up to take the effort from six-yards and made no error in blasting a low effort into the net.

Parity was restored minutes later when Barrientos got on the end of the corner for Catania, only to see Emeghara have what he thought would be the last laugh.

The former Siena player knocked home a spilled ball by Frison to make it 3-2 to Livorno, before Sergio Almiron’s goal saw Catania restore parity for the third time in the game to finish off a dramatic encounter.

Chievo-Lazio (0-2)

Edy Reja’s Lazio side proved too strong for relegation candidates Chievo as they claimed a 2-0 win at the Bentegodi Stadium.

The Blucherchiati couldn’t have asked for a more perfect start to the encounter when Antonio Candreva handed the away side the lead after just six minutes. The wing-back capitalized on a Daniele Dainelli error and slotted in an angled drive at the near post.

Lazio doubled their lead 25 minutes into the second half when Keita struck a low drive from the edge of the area. His shot took the slightest of deflections to see it guided into the back of the net.

Sassuolo-Verona (1-2)

Sassuolo’s relegation troubles continued when they were ousted 2-1 by Hellas Verona at the Mapei Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Following a goalless first half, things went south for Sassuolo as they found themselves a goal down five minutes after the restart and to an own goal.

Christian Manfredini tried to anticipate Luca Toni on Emil Hallfredsson's cross, but instead saw himself put into his own net.

Verona’s lead was doubled in the final 15 minutes of the encounter after Luca Toni’s looping ball from range bounced over the Sassuolo ‘keeper to secure a 2-0 win.

Floro Flores managed to get a consolation goal in the dying minutes of the encounter but couldn’t help prevent another loss for the Neroverdi.

The defeat leaves Sassuolo sitting second bottom on the log, while the Butei move back up to fifth place.

Roma-Parma (abandoned)

Despite being initially given the go-ahead to play, the fixture lasted just 11 minutes due to a rain drenched water-logged field.

Referee Andrea De Marco went back for further inspection 15 minutes after postponing the fixture only to decide that the conditions weren’t conducive to play on at all.

The Lega will announce a revised date later in the week for the rescheduled fixture.

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