Cavani strikes again, Icardi hits four
Edinson Cavani struck again to give Napoli a late 2-1 win at Parma and breathe new life into their Serie A challenge on Sunday while Argentine teenager Mauro Icardi hit four goals in Sampdoria’s 6-0 rout of lowly Pescara.
Cavani had endured a frustrating afternoon until he hit his 18th goal of the season in the 84th minute to end Parma’s unbeaten home record and leave Napoli three points behind leaders Juventus, who drew 1-1 with Genoa on Saturday.
AS Roma lived up to their reputation as Serie A’s most entertaining side in another high-scoring game, this time drawing 3-3 at Bologna.
Eighth-placed Roma, who have the best attacking and second-worst defensive record in the league, twice led in the first half and trailed 3-2 early in the second before Panagiotis Tachtsidis gave them a point.
Stephan El Shaaraway scored his 15th goal of the season to hand AC Milan a 1-0 win at 10-man Atalanta, moving them up to fifth place with 37 points.
Milan are one point ahead of fading Fiorentina who lost 2-1 to an 88th-minute Lucas Castro goal at Catania and only three behind neighbours Inter Milan who were held 2-2 at home by Torino.
Inter needed a 66th-minute goal from Esteban Cambiasso after Riccardo Meggiorini scored either side of halftime to put the visitors ahead. Cristian Chivu had given Inter a fifth-minute lead from a free kick.
Thiago Ribeiro headed a controversial 90th-minute equaliser for Cagliari in a 1-1 draw at home to Palermo in their relegation battle.
Palermo, one off the bottom in 19th place, were furious, believing the throw-in in the run-up to Cagliari’s goal should have been awarded to them.
Fabrizio Miccoli and coach Gian Piero Gasperini were sent off for protesting from the substitutes’ bench.
Udinese beat bottom club Siena 1-0 in the other game.