There was plenty of Serie A action to watch on Wednesday, with three notable clubs: Juventus, AC Milan and Napoli all in contention for three points.
Before the matches began, Juventus maintained an 11-point lead on the table, and faced a fifth-place Parma squad hoping to press Fiorentina for fourth place and keep Inter Milan at bay.
Third-place Napoli took on last-place Catania, a team without a victory away from home and that allowed 50 goals in 29 games.
A disappointing campaign for AC Milan, stuck in 12th place without a chance even for Europa League, Clarence Seedorf’s side instead had the opportunity to play spoiler to Fiorentina’s aspirations. Milan also entered the match winless in their last five matches, with Seedorf’s fitness as boss coming under serious scrutiny.
Catania 2 - 4 Napoli
Making his third career start in Italy, Duvan Zapata scored his first two goals of the season, both assisted by midfielder Jose Maria Callejon, in the 16th and 43rd minutes of play.
Catania Mariano Andujar ran into his own defender on a Napoli fastbreak and Callejon dodged the goalkeeper to score for the 11th time this season in the 25th minute, and the match was largely in hand midway through the first half.
Defender Henrique would pile on the goals with the third of the half off an assist from Marek Hamsik in the 40th minute.
Catania’s Luciano Monzon would score with a left-footed shot following a set piece in the 52nd, and defender Norbert Gyomber headed in Francesco Lodi’s corner kick in the 75th. It was the first goals of the year for both players.
Fiorentina 0 - 2 AC Milan
Following through on Mario Balotelli's free kick attempt, Milan defender Philippe Mexes scored his second goal of the year by heading in the rebound in the 23 rd minute for a 1-0 advantage.
Balotelli wouldn’t miss his second opportunity off a free kick, and pinged his strike of the top right corner of the post in the 64th minute to hush Fiorentina’s chances of moving up.
A physical match from the start, Balotelli was served his ninth yellow card of the year, and Kevin Constant, Adel Taarabt and Nigel De Jon were also booked. Fiorentina’s Massimo Ambrosini earned his team’s only booking of the night.
Juventus 2 - 1 Parma
Juve’s Carlos Tevez forced a tie and then outright took the scoring lead in Serie A with goals in the 25th and 32nd minute. First he forced the ball into the net from an impossible acute angle off a right-footed shot, then after Arturo Vidal couldn’t convert Tevez’s assist the Argentine recovered the rebound and scored again from close range.
Tevez now has 18 goals on the year, surpassing Torino’s Ciro Immobile.
Parma midfielder Cristian Molinaro did threaten to bring his side back after corralling a loose ball just outside of Juventus’s box and firing a shot into goal in 62nd minute.