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Serie A Wrap: Juventus Still Top, AC Milan Continue Rising

Mikhail TurnerContributor IIIDecember 2, 2012

Serie A Wrap: Juventus Still Top, AC Milan Continue Rising

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    Bleacher Report is taking a look at Round 15 fixtures in the Serie A.

    There were plenty of goals in the 10 games this weekend—39 in fact—and only one tied game to close out the round.

    Juventus still tops the table, where things remain tight, and AC Milan continue to rise up the standings after a second consecutive victory.

    Here is the Serie A wrap for Round 15. 

Catania vs. AC Milan

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    AC Milan dominated a game that saw one player from each side sent off.

    Milan ran out 3-1 winners over Catania after coming from behind (via ESPN Soccernet).

    Catania's red card, produced to Pablo Barrientos in the 50th minute, helped turn the tide for Milan. The visitors capitalized as Stephan El Shaarawy scored within three minutes of the decision.

    Milan now stand seventh in the league, eight points out of a European position.

Juventus vs. Torino

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    Juventus recovered from last week's loss to Milan to win the local derby over Torino.

    The "Old Lady" had to wait until the second half for a breakthrough but Claudio Marchisio's two strikes led the team to a 3-0 victory (via ESPN Soccernet).

    Juventus stayed two points ahead of Napoli in the Serie A race with that win.

Napoli vs. Pescara

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    Braces from Gokhan Inler and Edinson Cavani ensured an emphatic victory for Napoli, though it wasn't all easy.

    This game provided another example of a red card possibly changing the outcome.

    The second-place side beat bottom-of-the-table club Pescara 5-1, but three of those goals came after the visitors went down to 10 men (via ESPN Soccernet).

Bologna vs. Atalanta

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    Bologna prevailed in one of the tightest games this weekend.

    The home side beat Atalanta 2-1 but had to defend stoutly after Manolo Gabbiadini scored the eventual game-winner in the 70th minute (via ESPN Soccernet).

    That win puts Bologna two points outside of the relegation zone.

Genoa vs. Chievo

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    A standout performance from Chievo youngster Alberto Paloschi was the highlight of this match.

    Paloschi scored his first-ever Serie A hat-trick while leading his team to a 4-2 victory against Genoa (via ESPN Soccernet).

    Genoa should have been able to get back into the match as Chievo went down to 10 men with 20 minutes to go.

    That didn't happen and Genoa now sit in the relegation zone with 12 points, with Chievo on 15 and two spots above them in the standings.

Inter vs. Palermo

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    A Santiago Garcia own goal handed Inter the three points in their game against Palermo (via ESPN Soccernet).

    Inter struggled in front of goal, getting only four of their 16 shots on target, but will be happy with the three points.

    This result keeps Inter within striking range of Juventus and ends the team's run of three games without a win.

Lazio vs. Parma

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    Two first-half goals from Giuseppe Biava and Miroslav Klose ensured a narrow 2-1 victory for Lazio (via ESPN Soccernet).

    Lazio are now in fifth place in the table but only behind Fiorentina on goal difference.

    Parma travel to Atalanta for their next game while Lazio also travel to face Bologna.

Siena vs. Roma

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    Mattia Destro haunted his former club with a solid performance.

    The forward bagged a brace and Roma scored three goals in the last 30 minutes of the game to beat Siena 3-1 (via ESPN Soccernet).

    Roma are now nine points away from first place and three points away from a European spot.

Udinese vs. Cagliari

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    There were four goal scorers for Udinese as they put Cagliari to the sword (via ESPN Soccernet).

    Udinese hasn't had the best season so far and are currently eighth in the Serie A. The win over Cagliari was the club's first in five games.

    Udinese should climb up the table if they continue to pick up three points at home when necessary.

Fiorentina vs. Sampdoria

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    Fiorentina dominated the game against Sampdoria but was unable to come away with three points (via ESPN Soccernet).

    The Viola are still in a decent position in the league as they are only six points away from first place.

    If they can keep up their form, they have a good chance of playing in Europe next season.

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