Filippo Inzaghi's hat-trick inspired AC Milan to a 5-1 success against Torino FC that projected the Rossoneri up to second in Serie A, but ACF Fiorentina spurned the chance to move back into fourth spot with a 3-1 reverse away to Udinese Calcio.
Inzaghi struck twice in the first half and completed his treble on the hour mark to take his recent tally to nine goals in six league appearances as Milan took full advantage of Juventus's 1-1 draw against FC Internazionale Milano on Saturday to move level on points with the Bianconeri. Kaká's penalty made it 4-0 before Torino, just one place and point above the relegation zone, pulled a goal back through Ivan Franceschini, although there was still time for Massimo Ambrosini to add further gloss for the home side.
Defeat for Genoa CFC at home against S.S. Lazio on Saturday had presented the Viola with the perfect opportunity to bolster their European ambitions but they trailed within ten minutes at the Stadio Friuli to a Kwadwo Asamoah strike. The hosts doubled their lead when Alexis Sánchez was felled by Alessandro Gamberini and Gaetano D'Agostino scored the resultant penalty two minutes after the break. Despite Dario Dainelli heading in for Fiorentina on 67 minutes, D'Agostino rapidly added his second with a sumptuous free-kick.
That left Cesare Prandelli's men two points shy of Genoa and three clear of AS Roma after the capital side's captain Francesco Totti struck twice in a 3-2 win against second-bottom US Lecce. Basement side Reggina Calcio fed their survival hopes by triumphing 1-0 at Atalanta BC, a result which moved them within four points of Torino. The other team in the bottom three, Bologna FC, succumbed 4-1 at US Città di Palermo while AC Chievo Verona won 2-0 at AC Siena and Cagliari Calcio and Calcio Catania enjoyed home victories by the same scoreline against SSC Napoli and UC Sampdoria respectively.
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