Napoli, Lazio erode Milan's lead while Juve falter

08:59, December 20, 2010      

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Napoli and Lazio took advantage of the slip-up of Serie A leaders AC Milan to move closer within three points after both scored home wins on Sunday.

But everything did not go to plan for Juventus, who dropped to fourth in the league standings after Chievo struck a late equalizer in a hotly contested 1-1 draw.

Juventus took the lead just after the half-hour mark when Fabio Quagliarella scored his ninth goal of the season.

Chievo piled on the pressure in search of an equalizer and it finally paid off when striker Sergio Pellissier found the back of the net in stoppage time.

Edinson Cavani's stoppage time goal gave Napoli a 1-0 victory over Lecce, and Christian Zapata's late own goal gave Lazio a 3-2 win over Udinese.

AC Milan remains on top with 36 points despite losing to Roma on Saturday, but Napoli and Lazio are just three points behind.

The derby between Sampdoria and Genoa was postponed due to heavy snow on the pitch at Ferraris stadium. Sampdoria is eighth in the standings with 23 points, and Genoa is two places and two points behind its crosstown rivals.

Catania won their first match in four with a 1-0 win over lowly Brescia with Maxi Lopez's 33rd minute strike the difference between the two sides.

Elsewhere, Parma and Bologna played out a goalless stalemate, while bottom-place Bari managed a 1-1 draw with Palermo after Andrea Masiello's penalty cancelled out Palermo defender Josip Ilic's opener.

Source: Xinhua
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