Inter maintained its six-point lead at the top of Serie A with a 3-0 win at Lazio, while Juventus left it until the last minute to win at Lecce. A Kaka
goal was enough to give Milan the edge at home to Catania, while the Roma revival continued with a win at bottom-place Chievo Verona.
struck early at Lazio through Argentine defender Walter Samuel
, then doubled its lead just before the interval on an own goal from Lazio's Mobido Diakite
. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
secured the point before the hour-mark with a third, prompting Inter coach
to hold forth upon the essence of soccer: "Soccer is tactics, but it's also human, mental, emotional," he said, "and Inter is
a true team in this respect. Scoring in the first minute is just a consequence of the team going on the pitch without fear, and this is very important."
Juventus had to rely on
a last-minute header from Brazilian striker Amauri
, bringing his total this season to eight, to take three points away from Lecce, whose Daniele Cacia
had equalized Juve's go-ahead free-kick goal from Sebastian Diovinco
. "This group never gives up and
always fights till the end," Juve coach Claudio Ranieri
said, as coaches tend to when their team scores a late winner. "Today we were obliged to do
so. After the goal we were overconfident and were punished for it."
Milan needed a deflected second-half strike from Kaka
Catania, with Coach Carlo Ancelotti
calling the win "entirely deserved. We played well, suffering only a bit near the end. Catania only created two
chances, I am happy also because I saw a better defense, which gave little away." Nothing makes an Italian coach happier than a defense that gives little away, and it's no revelation that
the top three teams have conceded the fewest goals, but without rattling the net much at the other end. Milan has allowed 13 (in 15 games), Juventus 10, and Inter just eight.
was another 1-0 win for Roma, French striker Jeremy Menez
scoring his first of the season at Chievo Verona. Christian
and German Denis
, with his sixth of the campaign, kept Napoli in fourth and in touch with the leading pack as it beat Siena 2-0. Fiorentina, in
fifth place, was an easy 4-1 winner at Torino, with Alberto Gilardino
scoring a brace to bring his tally to 11 (including the one he scored with his arm that
lead to a two-game ban).
Genoa is in sixth after beating Sampdoria 1-0 in the northern port city derby, Diego Milito
winning the game with his
12th goal of the season to make him Serie A's top scorer above Gilardino. Udinese's miserable run continued with its fifth successive loss as it fell 3-0 at Atalanta, which moved up to
seventh. Goals scored Dec. 6-7:
24 in 10 games (2.4 per game) Goals scored in season 2008-09:
352 in 149 games (2.36 per game)