Roberto Mancini celebrated the first win of his second spell as coach of Inter Milan as the Nerazzurri climbed to 11th in Serie A by beating Chievo 2-0.
Mateo Kovacic and Andrea Ranocchia scored to take Inter to within four points of the top six, three of whom they meet in their next three matches.
Chievo failed to build on their win over Cagliari and lost for the first time in six games to remain just a point above the relegation zone. The red card for Ruben Botta rubbed salt into their wounds.
Chievo climbed out of the drop zone at the expense of Cagliari as they cruised to a 2-0 win at the Stadio Sant'Elia.
Two goals in the first 10 minutes from Riccardo Meggiorini and Alberto Paloschi were enough to settle the contest and leave Cagliari still searching for their first win at home this season.
The Sardinian outfit have collected eight of their 11 points on the road this season and this result completed a bad few weeks for Cagliari's home fans after they were thumped 4-0 by Fiorentina last...
Chievo frustrated Lazio to pick up an important point in their battle against the drop with a goalless draw at the Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi on Saturday night.
The Gialloblu had goalkeeper Albano Bizzarri to thank for some important saves in the second half as Lazio failed to find the win which would have taken them level with third-placed Lazio.
Instead, the draw did at least end a two-game losing streak, but the result will nonetheless leave the Biancoceleste with plenty of regrets.
Udinese captain Antonio Di Natale scored his 200th Serie A goal but the Friuli outfit had to settle for a point at home to Chievo after playing out a 1-1 draw on Sunday.
Searching for their first win in four games, the hosts went ahead when Di Natale scored on the stroke of half-time.
Ivan Radovanovic equalised for Chievo in the 74th minute with a stinging drive from 25 yards that defeated Udinese goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis.
Udinese have climbed to seventh place while Chievo remain 18th, just one point...