Inter maintain lead
Inter Milan maintained their two point lead over Sampdoria at the Serie A summit as the top two both won on Saturday.
Inter eased to a 2-1 victory at home to Catania while Antonio Cassano inspired Sampdoria to a 4-1 thumping of lowly Bologna.
It means Inter lead with 22 points after nine matches with Sampdoria opening up a five-point gap between them and the rest, although that could be cut to two if either Fiorentina or Juventus win on Sunday.
Inter were anything but spectacular against the Sicilians but their superiority was clear to see as they put the game to bed by half-time.
"I'm happy with the way we played in the first half and the way we fought in the second half," said Inter boss Jose Mourinho.
Cassano was the catalyst in Genoa as the 27-year-old bad-boy turned in one of his most influential performances, setting up two goals and proving a constant menace.
Italy coach Marcello Lippi has resisted the temptation to select Cassano for more than a year despite intense media pressure, but he cannot have failed to be impressed by this match-winning performance.
Neither could he have failed to notice the performance of Giampaolo Pazzini who scored despite playing in a mask after having his nose broken in a clash with Lazio goalkeeper Fernando Muslera last week.