Serie A champions Juventus downed Lazio 4-1 as Carlos Tevez led the charge, scoring for the second consecutive week and Napoli sunk Chievo 4-2 earlier in the day.
Lyon's stunning defeat to Epinal, Lionel Messi's fourth Ballon d'Or, Frank Lampard's landmark goal and Xabi Prieto's Bernabeu hat-trick feature alongside Lazio's excellent first half of the season.
Current Italy coach and former Fiorentina boos Cesare Prandelli is tipping his former side to flourish under Vincenzo Montella, after La Viola's recent run of good form has seen them climb to third in Serie A.
Federico Marchetti produced a goalkeeping masterclass to deny Juventus all three points as resilient Lazio negotiated a goalless draw with the reigning Serie A champions, while Milan came back to draw Napoli 2-2 in the day's other game.
The Italian Football League have handed Lazio goalkeeper Federico Marchetti and Brazilian defender Andre Dias four and three game bans respectively for intimidating behaviour towards match officials.
AC Milan dropped vital points in a 2-0 loss to Lazio at the Stade Olimpico in their pursuit of top spot in Serie A, with Hernanes and Tommaso Rocchi sealing victory for the hosts.