TURIN, Dec 21 (SW) - Juventus were given the title of winter champions as they enter the winter break as league leaders although all four of Italy's top teams were victorious on Wednesday.
Juventus - Siena 2-0
Juve maintained their eight-point lead over Inter with a comfortable win at the Stadio Delle Alpi that got started just 13 minutes in as Fabio Cannavaro put the Bianconeri into the lead with a header off a corner kick.
In the 54th minute, in-form Frenchman David Trezeguet struck for the 15th time this season when he captured a ball by Mauro Camoranesi and eluded the goalkeeper before tucking it into the net.
Inter Milan - Empoli 4-1
Inter remained in second with a thrashing of Empoli, who held Fiorentina over the weekend, getting goals from four different players in the victory.
Brazilian forward Adriano pounced on a parried shot by Esteban Cambiasso to score in the third minute, but the crowd at the San Siro were given quite a scare after that.
After clashing heads with Empoli's Andrea Raggi, Adriano lost consciousness for a short period of time, but came to and was then substituted off for Julio Cruz.
It was Cruz himself who extended the lead to 2-0 just before the interval from 20 yards, but Empoli pulled a goal back through Ighli Vannucchi in the 64th minute.
Obafemi Martins regained Inter's two-goal lead two minutes later and Luis Figo five minutes from time secured the victory in emphatic style.
Livorno - AC Milan 0-3
Livorno, who sit in fifth place, had been expected to give third-placed AC Milan a tough test in the match of the day, but the Rossoneri asserted themselves as the better team with a whitewash of their hosts.
On 23 minutes, Alberto Gilardino was put through on goal by Andriy Shevchenko and he tucked past Marco Amelia for a 1-0 lead to the visitors.
The young Italian starlet then doubled the advantage on the hour mark, finishing a brilliant one-two between Clarence Seedorf and Shevchenko. The Ukrainian scored in the 71st on a header from Andrea Pirlo's free kick to punctuate the victory.
Fiorentina - Palermo 1-0
Fiorentina were forced to work for victory over Palermo on Wedensday, but they pulled it out and put five points between themselves and Livorno in the table.
A goal in the 40th minute by Denmark international Martin Jørgensen was all the Tuscan side would get, but fortunately a stern defense kept out all challenges from the Sicilian side and gave Fiorentina three points that could prove crucial in the race for the Champions League places later on.
Roma - Chievo 4-0
Roma pulled themselves closer to the European places with a massive win over sixth-placed Chievo at the Stadio Olimpico.
Francesco Totti put the Giallorossi in front in the 32nd minute with an effort from the penalty spot, then doubled the lead seven minutes later for 2-0.
Lorenzo D'Anna's dismissal in the 53rd minute sent Chievo down to ten men and Roma capitalized, scoring twice more through Simone Perrotta in the 65th minute and Rodrigo Taddei five minutes from time.
Parma - Cagliari 1-0
Parma are hanging just outside the relegation zone, but a victory over Cagliari gave them just their third win in 17 games this season, giving them a positive end to a disappointing start to the season.
Bernardo Corradi's goal in the 23rd minute would prove sufficient to see the home side defeat the Sardinians, although Fabio Simplicio should have made it 2-0 in the 76th minute, but failed to convert from the penalty spot.
Udinese - Sampdoria 2-0
Udinese clawed their way back into the top half of the Serie A table with a nice win over Sampdoria at the Stadio Friuli.
It took until the 73rd minute for the home side to take the lead, but Cristian Zapata's goal did just that and they got insurance courtesy of Marcello Castellini's own goal eight minutes later.
Messina - Reggina 1-1
Messina are also hanging in the relegation places after their home draw with ten-man Reggina.
Arturo Di Napoli put the home side in front on 25 minutes and victory appeared to be certain for the home side when Reggina had Giacomo Tedesco sent off in the 85th minute.
However, Reggina's leading scorer Francesco Cozza stole a point away from Messina with a goal one minute from time, leaving Messina to rue the loss of two points.
Ascoli - Treviso 1-0
Treviso will go into the winter break at the foot of the table after suffering a narrow defeat at the Cino E Lillo Del Luca.
Fabio Quargliarella put Ascoli in front on ten minutes and both seides finished with ten players after Ascoli's Cristiano Del Grosso and Treviso's Andrea Dossena were sent off in the 66th minute.
Lecce - Lazio 0-0
After securing a draw with leaders Juventus over the weekend, Lazio could only play out a goalless draw at struggling Lecce.
The result puts Lazio in ninth and Lecce a point off the bottom of the league standings.
|Moses and Cahill glad to see Chelsea shape up|
|Sunderland 1 West Bromwich Albion 1: Late Van Aanholt strike rescues battling hosts|
|West Ham 1 Middlesbrough 1: Payet stunner ends Hammers´ losing streak|
|Watford 2 Bournemouth 2: Success salvages a point for the Hornets|
|Luis Enrique defends misfiring Alcacer|
|Hull City 0 Chelsea 2: Willian and Costa get Conte back to winning ways|
|Bayern Munich 1 Cologne 1: Ancelotti drops first Bundesliga points|
|Spalletti urges Roma to show true colours|
|Klopp delivers injury update on Lallana and Lovren|
|Guidolin: Sacking is a possibility|
|Liverpool´s second-half showing pleases Klopp|
|Godin expected to face Valencia despite ankle injury|
|In-form Balotelli misses out on Italy recall|
|Swansea City 1 Liverpool 2: Milner penalty piles pressure on Guidolin|
|De Boer accepts Inter criticism|
|Gundogan ´starting from zero´ at City|
|Luis Enrique claims Arda will star in Messi´s absence|
|Madrid confirm Modric knee injury|
|Allegri: Juventus not prioritising Champions League|
|Hamburg must take the pressure off Halilovic, says Gisdol|
|Zidane calls on Madrid stars to be more clincal|
|Sassuolo a direct rival to AC Milan, says Montella|
|The goals will come, insists Alcacer|
|No contact over England vacancy, says Rangnick|
|Hughes backs Shawcross for Ibrahimovic revenge|
|Misfiring Zaza could be next Bergkamp - Bilic|
|Mourinho needs time to understand United players|
|Mathieu quits France after admitting ´I don´t have the motivation´|
|Wenger ´not obsessed´ with winning send-off|
|Liverpool top, DVDs just invented and no Harry Potter - the world when Wenger joined Arsenal|
|The Invincibles and Champions League heartbreak - the highs and lows of Wenger´s 20 years at Arsenal|
|Guardiola eyes longer City stay|
|Wenger fits England criteria ´perfectly´ - FA chief|
|Houston Dynamo 0 New York City 2: Villa brace seals routine win|
|Premier League defends tax arrangements|
|Redknapp reportedly aware of players betting on games|
|Koeman champions ´outstanding´ display despite draw|
|Everton profited from ´harsh´ refereeing, claims Delaney|
|We will get much better, Guardiola warns rivals|
|Ibrahimovic turned down €100m China deal - Raiola|
|Everton 1 Crystal Palace 1: Benteke cancels out Lukaku opener|
|Rashford looking to emulate Ronaldo at Manchester United|
|Managers given bad name by Allardyce scandal - Moyes|
|Pagliara claims he lied to Telegraph over bungs|
|Dyche excited by Arsenal challenge|
|Mazzarri wary of unleashing Success until he is fully fit|
|Moyes stands by criticism of players|
|Guardiola marvels at amazing Ryder Cup experience|
|Mathieu and Deschamps ´exchange´ gives Mangala recall|
|Retirement threat just ´erratic´ Tevez being dramatic - Joorabchian|
|Dani Alves wants Champions League glory with Juventus|
|Guardiola: Football fans can enjoy Tottenham|
|Ranieri calls for consistency from Leicester|
|Low missing out on ´dream´ player in Castro - Tuchel|
|Mata: I never had problems with Mourinho|
|Conte wants failures to motivate Chelsea|
|Pochettino rules out ´impossible´ England switch|
|Emery pleased with Ben Arfa attitude|
|Gundogan returns for Germany after lengthy absence|
|Terry out again as Chelsea prepare for Hull|
|Hasselbaink refutes corruption allegations|
|Robben to start against Cologne, suggests Ancelotti|
|Prolific Callejon called into Spain squad|
|Hull City offer ´keeps changing´ - Phelan|
|Krueger: Black allegations do not directly affect Southampton|
|Wenger optimistic over Coquelin recovery|
|Hughes focused after Mourinho backing|
|Wenger open to England job|
|Klopp eyes retirement before 60|
|Wenger the pioneer battles on within his own legacy|
|Lukaku: I am not on Suarez´s level yet|
|Ibrahimovic is tremendous even if he does not score - Mourinho|
|CONCACAF Champions League Review: Olimpia, Honduras Progreso claim key wins|
|Astra expected hungover Roma - Spalletti|
|United fixture list a ´poisoned gift´ - Mourinho|
|Ronaldo back for ´stronger´ Portugal|
|Dembele can be next Drogba - Rodgers|
|Mourinho wanted Pogba at Chelsea, says Raiola|
|Puel pleased with ´good point´ in Israel|
|Mourinho not ´over the moon´ with United wins|
|Southampton investigating Eric Black allegations|
|Rodgers: Celtic would challenge at the top in England|
|Ibrahimovic expects more from United|
|Manchester United 1 Zorya 0: Ibrahimovic header earns Mourinho´s men narrow win|
|De Boer blasts Inter for lack of focus|
|Zarate reveals message to ill wife after goalscoring return|
|Raffael suffers fresh injury setback|
|Hapoel Be´er Sheva 0 Southampton 0: Saints´ winning run comes to an end|
|Sparta Prague 3 Inter 1: De Boer´s side humbled in Europa League again|
|Police to review corruption allegations after Telegraph sting|
|Brady hails Wenger as ´possibly the best ever´ Gunners boss|
|Yacob signs new West Brom deal|
|Guidolin prioritising Swansea improvement over his future|
|Sakho outburst has been dealt with – Klopp|
|Bilic sorry for Allardyce in ´very sad´ week for English football|
|Laporte saga nears conclusion as defender earns France call-up|
|Everton are exceeding expectations – Koeman|
|Wenger could be tempted by an international offer, says ex-assistant|
|No excuses for Liverpool this time, says Klopp|
|Rashford left out of England Under-21 squad|
|Boro must pick up where they left off - Karanka|
|Matuidi could still join Juventus, says Raiola|
|Pardew anticipates battle of the Belgians|
|Legia Warsaw to face Real Madrid behind closed doors|
|England job would be the pinnacle - Pardew|
|Wright sacked by Barnsley|
|Bilic defends West Ham team night out|
|Ramsey withdrawal was Arsenal´s call - Coleman|
|LMA demand ´immediate full disclosure´ of corruption evidence|
|´My answer would be a big fat no´ - Coleman rules out taking England job|
|Leeds dismiss Cellino sting as ´non-story´|
|Gabigol, Rashford and Sanches among Golden Boy nominees|
|Keane slams Arsenal: Half their players will have gloves on soon|
|´Special´ Man City draw a career highlight, says Gordon|
|Southgate admits England situation is ´not ideal´|
|England should have gone for O´Neill, says Shilton|
|PSG´s powers of recovery impress Cavani|
|Howe ´absolutely committed´ to Bournemouth amid England links|
|Man City proved character against Celtic, says Zabaleta|
|Walcott: Sanchez partnership bodes well for Arsenal´s season|
|MLS Review: DC, Impact on track for play-offs|
|CONCACAF Champions League Review: Tigres, Dallas left waiting|
|Central Sanchez pleases Wenger|
|Barca felt Messi absence - Busquets|
|Martino knew Messi would come out of retirement|
|Shilton never convinced by Allardyce|
|Degenek replaced by Giannou for Socceroos|
|Griezmann will still take penalties - Simeone|
|Simeone proud of ´one of the best´ wins|
|Godin suffers sprained ankle ligament|
|West Ham receive positive news over injured duo|
|Robson: Four wins for Southgate and he´s an England contender|
|Gunes rues Besiktas´ inability to see off Dynamo|
|Sarri: Late goals leave bitter taste|
|Borussia Monchengladbach were exceptional against Barcelona, feels Schubert|
|PSG must be patient, says Emery|
|Celtic are lucky to have Dembele - Rodgers|
|I´m completely focused on Arsenal, insists Wenger amid England talk|