Robinho's PK helps Milan down Juventus
Milan, Italy (Sports Network) - AC Milan claimed three vital points on Sunday at the San Siro as a first-half penalty kick from Robinho was enough to give the Rossoneri a 1-0 win over league-leaders Juventus.
Milan entered the contest in the bottom half of the league and with only two wins from its last eight Serie A matches, while Juve was four points clear at the top and had tasted defeat just once this term.
However, the hosts came out strong in the first half and the decisive moment arrived in the 31st minute when a cross from Milan's Antonio Nocerino struck the arm of Juve's Mauricio Isla inside the area, although the call appeared to be harsh.
Robinho stepped to the spot, and while Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon got both hands on the ball, it managed to slip over the goal line.
Juve gradually began to get some looks at the Milan net as the second half wore on, but the best opportunity came in the 83rd minute when Mirko Vucinic had a goal-bound shot blocked by Milan defender Kevin Constant, preventing the equalizer.
Genoa 1, Atalanta 0
Bergamo, Italy - Genoa snapped a six-game losing skid and moved off the bottom of Serie A on Sunday with a 1-0 away victory against Atalanta.
The home side had won three of its previous four matches but fell behind shortly before halftime when Andrea Bertolacci bounced on a loose ball inside the penalty area and beat goalkeeper Andrea Consigli.
Atalanta put Genoa netminder Sebastien Frey under plenty of pressure in the second half as the hosts moved forward in search of an equalizer, but the 'keeper was up to the task and was able to keep out a furious rally in the final four minutes after defender Emiliano Moretti was sent off.
Chievo 0, Siena 0
Verona, Italy - Siena and Chievo played out a dull 0-0 draw on Sunday, which does little to help either team at the bottom of the league.
Siena had claimed seven points from its previous three games but was never able to get itself on track on Sunday, while Chievo managed to do no better as strikers Alberto Paloschi and Sergio Pellissier wasted a handful of chances.
The result leaves Siena in the bottom three, while Chievo sits just one point above.
Roma 1, Pescara 0
Pescara, Italy - A fifth-minute goal from Roma's Mattia Destro was enough to push Pescara to the bottom of Serie A on Sunday as the hosts sustained a 1-0 defeat.
Pescara had lost three of its last four games coming into the day, and the hosts went behind early when Francesco Totti's shot was saved by goalkeeper Mattia Perin, leaving a simple tap-in for Destro.
Perin's goal continued to come under fire after that and Totti nearly doubled the lead when his long-range effort skimmed the post, while Pescara wasn't able to offer up much of a reply.
Sampdoria 1, Bologna 0
Genoa, Italy - Sampdoria climbed five points clear of the relegation zone with a 1-0 win against Bologna on Sunday that gives the club its second successive victory.
A run of seven straight defeats preceded the back-to-back victories for Sampdoria, while Bologna was handed its seventh loss in eight away games this season, leaving the club second from the bottom.
Bologna had little chance of claiming all three points after the opening five minutes as defender Archimede Morleo was shown a straight red card for a professional foul on Sampdoria's Mauro Icardi.
It took a little while for the hosts to snatch control of the game but the lone goal arrived just after the hour mark when Andrea Poli worked a nice one- two with substitute Citadin Eder before firing a low shot past goalkeeper Federico Agliardi.
Torino 2, Fiorentina 2
Turin, Italy - Fiorentina needed a goal from Mounir El Hamdaoui in the final six minutes to claim a 2-2 draw at Torino on Sunday, ending the Viola's run of five straight Serie A wins.
Alessio Cerci had Torino in front five minutes before halftime when he latched on to a cross to fire the ball off the hand of goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano and into the roof of the net.
Fiorentina started to apply pressure to the Torino net after the break and the club was rewarded with a penalty kick after Torino's Danilo D'Ambrosio fouled Juan Cuadrado inside the area.
Gonzalo stepped to the spot and converted the opportunity to level the match, but Torino restored its lead only two minutes later when Valter Birsa's cross found its way into the far corner without needing a touch.
However, Fiorentina once again answered and snatched a point in the 84th minute when El Hamdaoui curled a shot inside the far post from Cuadrado's cross.