Parma edge closer to Europa zone
Marco Parolo's first-minute opener sealed the points away at 10-man Sassuolo to move Parma within sight of a Europa League place, as fellow chasers Verona stumbled in a scoreless draw at home to Bologna.
Parma's steady climb back up the Serie A table has left them in sixth spot, but with a game in hand -- after a recent away fixture at Roma was rained off -- Tommaso Ghirardi's side will fancy a late run at seizing a place in Europe.
Juventus remain top of the pile with an eight-point lead on Roma but have the chance to increase their advantage to 11 points with victory away at Milan in Sunday's late game.
Napoli, who are seven points behind Roma in third, are away at Livorno while fourth-placed Fiorentina host Lazio later in a bid to pull further clear of Inter, in fifth.
Inter did well to come away with a share of the points from a scoreless draw at Roma on Saturday, however dropping two points has also given a boost to fellow teams chasing a Europa League place.
Parma, helped by Sassuolo striker Domenico Berardi's red on 72 minutes for a foul on Cristian Molinaro, are now on 40 points, only one behind Inter, and sit one place ahead of Verona, who suffered a setback after being held to a scoreless draw by relegation-haunted Bologna, who were reduced to 10 men when Jonathan Cristaldo saw red on 82 minutes.
Most of Sunday afternoon's games featured teams with faint hopes of a Europa League place and others battling to stave off the threat of relegation.
Atalanta claimed a 2-1 home win over Chievo with Luca Cigarini scoring an 85th minute winner after Dario Dainelli had levelled Carlos Carmona's first-half opener for the hosts in the 72nd minute.
Chievo were reduced to 10 men on 68 minutes when Bostjan Cesar, who had already been cautioned, saw red for a foul on German Denis.
Luca Antonelli and Stefano Sturaro scored in either half to secure a 2-0 home win for Genoa against relegation-haunted Catania, who were reduced to 10 men before the interval after Giuseppe Bellusci saw red for a second bookable offence.
Gian Piero Gasperini's men are now 11th and being chased by Sampdoria, who continued their resurgence under coach Sinisa Mihajlovic with a precious 2-0 away win at Torino to pull themselves up to 12th.
Stefano Okaka made the most of a rare start to score a seventh-minute opener as confusion reigned in the Torino box, with Manolo Gabbiadini sealing the points on 79 minutes.
Earlier, Udinese got reacquainted with defeat in a 3-0 reverse at Cagliari which dropped Francesco Guidolin's side back towards the drop zone.
A series of missed chances, notably by veteran striker Antonio Di Natale, before and after Victor Ibarbo's 18th minute opener, proved costly.
Matias Vecino and Agim Ibraimi added further goals in the space of seven second-half minutes to pull Cagliari eight points clear of the danger zone.