YOKOHAMA – Juventus returned to the top of the Serie A table with a 2-0 home victory over lowly Novara on Sunday afternoon.
Simone Pepe set Juve on their way with a fourth-minute opener and Fabio Quagliarella added a second 15 minutes from time as the Turin outfit moved back above AC Milan, who beat Siena last night.
Juve will be joined on 33 points at the summit if Udinese beat Lazio on Sunday evening, while at the other end of the table Novara remain rooted in the bottom two.
Andrea Ranocchia's 63rd-minute goal gave Inter Milan a third successive win to continue their improvement.
Ranocchi headed in Maicon's cross to give Claudio Ranieri's men a 1-0 victory over struggling hosts Cesena at the Stadio Dino Manuzzi.
Genoa bounced back from defeat to Inter Milan in midweek to beat Bologna 2-1 at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.
Marco Rossi put the home side in front just before the break, but Gaston Ramirez levelled 10 minutes into the second half.
Lucas Pratto's first goal in Serie A five minutes from time then earned the Rossoblu all three points and condemned Bologna to their eighth defeat of the season.
Catania tasted victory on their last appearance at home in 2011 as they eased past Palermo 2-0.
The meeting with Devis Mangia's men was Catania's last fixture at Stadio Angelo Massimino this year, and goals from Francesco Lodi and Maxi Lopez ensured they marked it with a first win in four.
On Saturday, AC Milan moved above Juventus and Udinese at the summit for the night with a 2-0 victory over struggling Siena at the San Siro.
After a frustrating first half, the hosts finally made the breakthrough in the 54th minute through Antonio Nocerino.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic sealed the win with a penalty in the 63rd minute, after Kevin-Prince Boateng had taken a theatrical tumble over Siena goalkeeper Zeljko Brkic in the box.
Elsewhere, Fiorentina and Atalanta shared the points after a glut of goals in the final 10 minutes saw their clash end 2-2 in Florence.
Alberto Gilardino's early goal gave the Viola a lead which lasted for 72 minutes, before Andrea Masiello and German Denis turned the game on its head - but a final twist was to follow as Stevan Jovetic levelled with two minutes remaining.
Finally, Chievo saw off Cagliari 2-0 to move above their opponents into the top half of the standings.
Cyril Thereau and Gennaro Sardo scored the goals for the Flying Donkeys in front of a paltry crowd at the Stadio Bentegodi.