Torino hold Inter, Napoli close gap on Juve
Inter Milan were left nine points behind leaders Juventus after being held 2-2 at the San Siro by a spirited Torino, who notched their tenth draw of the campaign.
Inter got off to the perfect start when Romanian Cristian Chivu sent a sumptuous free-kick past Jean Francois Gillet and into the Torino net after five minutes. Riccardo Meggiorini linked up with Paulo Barretto before beating the Inter goalkeeper for his first goal of the season to level the match after 23 minutes.
Inter's defence was found wanting again seven minutes after the restart when Alessio Cerci surged down the right and delivered for Meggiorini to beat Handanovic with a first-timer at his far post. Inter fought back, however, and were rewarded when unmarked Esteban Cambiasso slotted home from the left of goal in the 66th minute to level. Both sides failed to capitalise on further chances to seal the win, with both Handanovic and Gillet pulling off a series of stunning saves.
Napoli nears summit
Edinson Cavani scored his league-leading 18th goal to move Napoli within three points of Juventus as Parma lost their unbeaten home record on Sunday. Napoli opened the scoring in the 20th minute through Marek Hamsik only for defender Paolo Cannavaro to turn Nicola Sansone's shot across goal into his own net for Parma's second-half equaliser.
In the 85th minute, however, Cavani ran on to a through ball and rounded goalkeeper Antonio Mirante to seal the win with a classy finish. Napoli remain second on 46 points but are now just three behind Juve and three clear of Lazio, who were stunned 1-0 by Chievo at the Olympic Stadium.
Juventus had spurned the chance to secure an eight-point lead on Saturday when they were denied a last-gasp penalty in a 1-1 draw at home to Genoa.
AC Milan survived some tense moments away to Atalanta but emerged with a precious 1-0 win thanks to Stephan El Shaarawy's first-half strike. Milan's 11th win moved them up to fifth, 12 points behind Juventus with Fiorentina going the other way after a 2-1 defeat at Catania.
Earlier in the day, Argentinian teenager Mauro Icardi scored four as Sampdoria thrashed Pescara 6-0 in Genoa. Bologna and Roma, meanwhile, shared the spoils in a six-goal thriller with Greek midfielder Panagiotis Tachtsidis heading home a free-kick on 74 minutes to secure a point for visiting Roma.