Serie A: Roma finally win on the road as Giallorossi rise to second.

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Napoli lost at home for the first time since May 2015 as they were shocked 3-1 by a lethal AS Roma. 

Former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko became the leagues top scorer after he netted a brace to give Luciano Spalletti’s side a two goal cushion.

The Bosnian converted Mohamed Salah’s cross after the winger dispossessed Kalidou Koulibaly.

The 30-year-old striker then doubled his and Roma’s lead with a header at the far post for his seventh goal of the campaign.

Koulibaly redeemed himself slightly with a powerful header to half the deficit.

With the home side pushing for an equaliser, the Giallorossi hit the Partenopei on the break, and Salah sealed the points with five minutes to go as he cooly slotted the ball past Pepe Reina into the net.

The result was Roma’s first away win of the season and it also ended Napoli’s 100% record at the Stadio San Paulo.

Maurizio Sarri’s woeful record as a manager against Roma extended to six games as his side dropped to third and fell further behind leaders Juventus.

That is because Massimiliano Allegri’s champions beat Udinese 2-1 at the Juventus Stadium on Saturday evening.

Luigi Delneri’s debut as Udinese manager got off to the perfect start after Jakub Jankto put the visitors ahead after half an hour.

Paulo Dybala equalised when he whipped a 25-yard free kick into the top right corner of the net.

The Argentine striker then scored his second, converting a penalty six minutes into the second half.

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Dybala now has 22 goals for Juventus since joining from Palermo last season. (Image Credit: brunchnews.com)

That’s now three consecutive games that the 22-year old has found the net in in all competitions, but the league leaders still have plenty of room to improve.

The Zebrette remain a point off the relegation zone after the defeat, but there was significant improvement on show, especially in defence.

One of the major talking points from the weekend came at the San Siro, where Mauro Icardi came under fire from the Inter Milan fans.

The Nerazzurri striker scrutinised the ultras in his autobiography, leading to protest from the stands for him to be stripped of the captaincy.

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Mauro Icardi has enjoyed better weeks. (Image Credit: theguardian.com)

To make things worse, Icardi missed a penalty as Inter fell 2-1 to Cagliari, and drop down to 11th in the table.

Joao Mario gave the Nerazzurri the lead when he latched onto the loose ball from five yards.

Some lacklustre defending from Miranda led to the visitors equaliser as Federico Melchiorri converted the gifted chance. 

Samir Handanovic then pushed an innocent cross into his own net to extend Cagliari’s unbeaten Serie A record at Inter to five years.

With pressure growing on Frank De Boer, this comes a unwanted distraction.

The Ultras left a banner outside the Argentine’s house, as well as in the stadium, which read: “You’re just a piece of S***.”

If things continue the way they do, De Boer’s challenge of getting Inter back up the league and challenging Juventus will be undoubtedly impossible.

Other Results

Pescara 1-1 Sampdoria

Fiorentina 0-0 Atalanta

Sassuolo 2-1 Crotone

Lazio 1-1 Bologna

Genoa 0-0 Empoli

Chievo 1-3 Milan

Palermo 1-4 Torino

League Table

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