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Serie A Results: Analysis for Milan vs Fiorentina, and All the Weekend's Matches

Karl MatchettFeatured ColumnistNovember 3, 2013

Serie A Results: Analysis for Milan vs Fiorentina, and All the Weekend's Matches

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    Italy's top flight moved into its 11th matchweek over the weekend, with some key fixtures played out on Saturday and Sunday.

    Serie A title hopefuls Napoli and Juventus were in action on Saturday, while the impressive Fiorentina travelled to struggling AC Milan in the game of the day.

    On Sunday afternoon, Inter Milan claimed a comfortable win at Udinese, while Torino denied Roma an 11th straight victory.

    Read on for breakdowns on the major games.

     

    Stats from WhoScored.com.

     

Torino 1-1 Roma

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    Roma's record-breaking 10-game winning run in Serie A came to an end with a 1-1 draw away at Torino.

    Kevin Strootman's neat finish midway through the first half looked to have put Roma on the way to win number 11 from 11 games, but Alessio Cerci equalised for Torino just after the hour-mark and that's how it stayed.

    Cerci's goal was just the second Roma have conceded all season, and it denied them the chance to match Spurs' record start to a major European league season.

    That record stays with Tottenham's double-winning 1960-61 season, who won 11 straight matches to start the campaign.

     

Udinese 0-3 Inter Milan

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    Inter Milan eased to a 3-0 win at Udinese to move themselves into fourth in the table.

    The opener came on 25 minutes, with Rodrigo Palacio heading home from a free-kick.

    Four minutes later and Inter were two to the good, with Andrea Ranocchia volleying home after Udinese keeper Zeljko Brkic failed to collect a corner.

    The win was sealed in the final minute, as Palacio sprinted clear and teed up Ricky Alvarez for a simple finish.

    Shots: 10-13

    On target: 3-5

    Pass success: 77%-75%

    Possession: 49%-51%

Sunday Recap: Sampdoria and Lazio Stunned at Home

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    Lazio lost ground on the leading pack when falling 2-0 at home to Genoa. Both of the goals came in the second half. Juraj Kucka opened the scoring on the hour and the points were secured when Alberto Gilardino slotted home a penalty on 71 minutes.

    A goal from Paulinho on 10 minutes was enough to hand Livorno a 1-0 home win over Atalanta.

    Luca Toni and Bosko Jankovic were on target as Verona beat Cagliari 2-1.

    The game of the day took place at the Luigi Ferraris, as Sampdoria were beaten 4-3 at home by Sassuolo.

    Samp led early on through Nicola Pozzi, before the lead changed hands.

    Lorenzo De Silvestri thought he had snatched a point for Samp with a goal on 81 minutes, but Domenico Berardi scored his second penalty of the contest two minutes from time to seal the win.

    Torino entertain leaders Roma on Sunday evening.

    Monday

    There was also one match on Monday, as Bologna and Chievo played out a 0-0 draw.

Parma 0-1 Juventus: Late Pogba Goal Keeps Juve Chasing Leaders

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    Juventus left it late to seal a deserved win away to Parma, to keep the pressure on leaders AS Roma at the top of Serie A.

    A host of missed chances from the away side made it look as though the day would end in a frustrating draw, before French midfielder Paul Pogba scored the winner on 77 minutes.

    Parma have been in indifferent form of late, winning just one of their past four now, and never threatened to cause a big upset. In fact, they managed only a single shot on target all match and have now gone two games without a goal.

    Juve, meanwhile, made it nine wins from 11 games.

    Shots: 5-12

    On target: 1-5

    Pass success: 76%-84%

    Possession: 39%-61%

AC Milan 0-2 Fiorentina: Fiorentina into Fourth, Allegri Under Pressure

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    AC Milan's wretched form continued with a 2-0 home defeat to Fiorentina, leaving fans to boo the players from the pitch at the end of the game and put boss Massimo Allegri under enormous pressure.

    That means Milan have now lost five of their 11 games this season, with just three wins—and just four points from their past five matches. They could yet sink well into the bottom half of the table on Sunday if results go against them.

    Juan Vargas scored the opening goal of the game after just under half an hour, with Borja Valero wrapping up the win with a little more than 15 minutes remaining.

    Kaka and Mario Balotelli started in attack for the home side but could not inspire the team to a goal or a victory, with Neto barely troubled with shots on target.

    Shots: 18-4

    On target: 1-2

    Pass success: 85%-80%

    Possession: 50%-50%

Napoli 2-1 Catania: Napoli Stay Second, Close Gap to Two Points

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    All the goals came in the opening 25 minutes in Naples, as Rafa Benitez's men did enough to win their ninth game of the season and remain second behind AS Roma.

    Jose Callejon and Marek Hamsik scored within minutes of each other to open up an early 2-0 lead for the home team, with Lucas Castro pulling one back for Catania five minutes later.

    Napoli dominated possession and chances for most of the game, though they were unable to open up a more commanding lead against the relegation candidates who have won just once all season so far.

    Catania remain in the bottom three, now having played one game more than many of their rivals.

    Shots: 21-13

    On target: 8-2

    Pass success: 86%-73%

    Possession: 69%-31%

Monday Fixture

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     Monday Fixture

    Bologna vs. Chievo

     

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