by LIAM RICHNER
Champions Juventus showed no hangover from their D’Italia defeat to Inter last weekend, as the Old Lady comfortably beat Cagliari 4-0 in Turin, and return to the top of the Serie A table.
Daniele Rugani was the unlikely source that opened the scoring after he turned in the loose ball following a smart save from Cagliari ‘keeper Marco Storari to deny Gonzalo Higuain.
The Argentine did however double the home side’s lead soon after for his fourth goal of the season, before Dani Alves netted his first for his new club since his summer move from Barcelona.
3-0 up before half time and cruising, Massimiliano Allegri’s side looked hungry for more, but were constantly thwarted by former Juve keeper Storari.
The 39-year old made crucial saves to keep the score down, but the Cagliari stopper could do nothing to prevent Luca Ceppitelli scoring into his own net to end a miserable night for I Rossoblu.
Prior to the evening’s matches, Napoli were the only side left unbeaten in the Italian top flight, but their stay at the top of the tree was brief after they could only draw 0-0 at Genoa.
The home side had not beaten the Partenopei in eight attempts, and nearly found themselves behind when Marek Hamsik rattled the crossbar just 19 minutes into the contest.
Arek Milik’s glancing header from a corner was then parried off the line by Mattia Perin at the near post as Napoli applied the pressure on their hosts.
Raul Albiol flashed a header wide in what was the away side’s best chance of the second half, before Genoa almost won it with the last kick of the game.
Giovanni Simeone found himself in plenty of room inside the Napoli box, but his effort was parried away by former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina.
Carlos Bacca continues his good goalscoring form against Lazio as his strike helped Vincenzo Montella’s AC Milan beat I Biancocelesti 2-0 at the San Siro.
Marco Parolo’s error lead to the Colombian’s goal, as the striker guided the ball into the bottom left corner.
M’Baye Niang’s penalty clinched the points 16 minutes from time, with Milan now rising above their opponents to 6th in the league.
Lazio, who are managed by Simone Inzaghi, extend their winless run at Milan, with their last victory coming back in 1989.
Bologna 2-0 Sampdoria
Atalanta 0-1 Palermo
Pescara 0-0 Torino
Chievo 2-1 Sassuolo
Roma 4-0 Crotone
Udinese 2-2 Fiorentina
Empoli 0-2 Inter Milan