AC Milan stretched their lead at the top of Serie A to four points with a 2-0 defeat of US Lecce, as closest title challengers Juventus drew 0-0 with Genoa CFC.
Antonio Nocerino opened the scoring on seven minutes following a neat move with Zlatan Ibrahimović, before the Swedish international turned goalscorer, netting in the league for the 19th time this season. With four wins from their last five, the Rossoneri have taken the initiative from rivals Juventus, who endured their fourth consecutive draw.
Antonio Conte's side were unable to find an elusive goal at Genoa, but can count themselves unlucky after twice striking the woodwork through Simone Pepe and Mirko Vučinić in a frantic second half.
Third-placed S.S. Lazio failed to take advantage, going down 3-1 at home to Bologna FC. The visitors surged into a two-goal lead inside 28 minutes through Daniele Portanova and Alessandro Diamanti, before matters got even worse for the hosts when Matuzalém was sent off. Despite pulling a goal back, Lazio were reduced to nine men following Álvaro González's dismissal, and René Krhin made them pay by adding Bologna's third.
There was another shock defeat for Udinese Calcio as Novara Calcio moved off the foot of the table with a 1-0 win. Elsewhere, Calcio Catania made it five games unbeaten as they defeated ACF Fiorentina courtesy of Francesco Lodi's 58th-minute penalty, while AC Siena triumphed 2-0 at ten-man AC Cesena thanks to second-half strikes from Franco Brienza and Erjon Bogdani.
Parma FC eased their relegation fears, coming from behind to draw 1-1 with Atalanta BC, a result which leaves them 16th and six points clear of third-bottom Lecce.
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Rubin 56 (o.g.)
Lodi 58 (penalty)
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