AC Milan sent out an ominous warning to their title rivals with a 4-0 thrashing of Chievo at the San Siro that moved them into second place in Serie A. Milan trail unbeaten leaders Juventus, who won 1-0 at Lazio yesterday, by a single point.
The reigning champions made short work of Chievo, leading 4-0 at half-time after goals from Brazilians Thiago Silva and Alexandre Pato, and a brace from Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri said it was too soon to declare the title a two-horse race, though. "Juve have a match in hand but if Napoli win then they will come back into it," said Allegri.
"Lazio and Udinese are level with us so it's too early to say. It was important to win tonight and we approached it in the right way after Wednesday's game (a 3-2 loss to Barcelona in the Champions League). There was a risk we'd have a psychological dip but the lads did well."
Luc Castaignos scored the winner a minute from time as Inter Milan won 1-0 at Siena. Following their 2-1 home win over Cagliari last weekend, it was the first time this season that Inter had won successive league matches.
Claudio Ranieri's team remain in the bottom half of the table but, with 14 points, they are now just one win away from sixth-placed Roma. "It was an important game, every game is like a final for us because we have to move up (the table)," Castaignos told Sky. "We're taking it day by day and match by match and if we do this it's going to be good for us."
Cesena defeat Genoa
Elsewhere, Cesena moved off the bottom of the table after Romanian forward Adrian Mutu scored a brace, including one from the penalty spot, to give his side a 2-0 win over Genoa.
Having gone ten games without a victory at the beginning of the season, it was Cesena's second win in a row, giving coach Daniele Arrigoni two wins in three matches since taking over from Marco Giampaolo, who was sacked at the beginning of the month following a haul of just three points in nine games.
Palermo moved up to fifth with a 2-0 win over Fiorentina, who dropped down to 16th, as Fabrizio Miccoli and Josip Ilicic scored the goals in Sicily.