MILAN (AP) — Inter Milan moved back into fourth spot in Serie A with a dominant 3-0 victory at Udinese on Sunday, while newly-promoted Hellas Verona beat Cagliari 2-1 to also keep up the pressure on the top three.
Rodrigo Palacio, Andrea Ranocchia and Ricardo Alvarez scored for Inter, which never really looked like letting its lead slip despite a couple of defensive errors.
Luca Toni and Bosko Jankovic were on target in Verona to help the hosts to their fifth win in six matches.
Inter and Verona are both level on 22 points, six behind Juventus and Napoli and eight off leader Roma, which has won all 10 of its matches and visits Torino later.
Elsewhere, teenage forward Domenico Berardi scored a hat trick to help Sassuolo beat 10-man Sampdoria 4-3, while Lazio fell to a surprise 2-0 defeat at home to Genoa.
Udinese's loss to Roma last week was its first in 23 home matches. It found itself behind again in the 25th minute when Palacio headed in Saphir Taider's free kick.
It got worse for Udinese four minutes later when Zeljko Brkic completely mistimed his exit and flapped haplessly at Esteban Cambiasso's corner, allowing Ranocchia to volley in at the far post.
Walter Samuel was playing only his second match since returning from six months out with injury and the defender made two errors which Udinese failed to capitalise on. He was substituted after picking up a slight knock.
Fredy Guarin hit the post in the second half before Alvarez added a third in stoppage time, slotting Palacio's cross into an empty net.
Verona also dominated on its way to a sixth successive home victory. Cagliari has now lost three successive matches.
Toni headed home a corner in the eighth minute to give Verona an early lead and the home side all but sealed the match 12 minutes into the second half when Jankovic played a one-two with Romulo before curling into the far corner.
Daniele Conti volleyed in a consolation goal for Cagliari in stoppage time.
In Rome, Lazio seemed in complete control in the first half and Genoa had goalkeeper Mattia Perin to thank for keeping them in the match with several crucial saves, including a spectacular stop to deny Miroslav Klose.
Juraj Kucka broke the deadlock on the hour mark with an angled drive and Genoa doubled its lead 10 minutes later when Alberto Gilardino converted a penalty following a Michael Ciani handball.
Newly-promoted Sassuolo's match at Sampdoria had already been deemed a relegation dogfight and the home side appeared to be in control after Nicola Pozzi had given it a first half lead.
However, the match turned at the start of the first half. Berardi fired in the equalizer before putting Sassulo in front from the penalty spot two minutes later after Andrea Costa had tripped the youngster. Costa was shown a second yellow card and dismissed.
Antonio Floro Flores appeared to have secured the match but Samp leveled with goals from Eder and Lorenzo De Silvestri.
But it wasn't over yet and Berardi secured Sassuolo's second win of the season in the final minute, with another penalty after Shkodran Mustafi fouled Diego Farias.
In the lunchtime kickoff, Livorno beat 10-man Atalanta 1-0 to earn its first win in eight matches.
Paulinho scored the only goal of the game in the 11th minute, running onto Leandro Greco's through ball before finishing with an angled drive across the goal into the bottom corner.
Things got worse for Atalanta as they were forced to play for nearly an hour a man short after Carlos Carmona was shown a second yellow card for a challenge on Ibrahima Mbaye in the 34th minute.
Alfred Duncan also hit the post for Livorno.