serie a week 8 soccer 2015 imagesIn the opening fixture of the eighth week of the 2015/16 Serie A season, Roma defeated Empoli 3-1 and moved to the second spot in the table as a consequence. Miralem Pjanic, Daniele de Rossi and Mohamed Salah grabbed the goals for the Italian capital outfit that moved them within a point of table toppers Fiorentina.

AC Milan arrested their two-match losing streak in the weekend and grabbed a solitary point from their encounter against Torino. The single point sees the Milan giants in 13th spot in the league and the position of Sinisa Mihajlovic at the helm of the San Siro outfit remains in the balance. It will be interesting to see if the Serb lasts the season without the significant turn in the fortunes of his side.

Franco Vazquez, who was linked with a move to Juventus in the summer transfer window, grabbed the only goal of the match for Palermo against Bologna that lifted his side to 11th.

Mauricio Pinilla, Alejandro Gomez and Luca Cigarini grabbed a goal apiece for Atalanta as they downed newly promoted Carpi 3-0 on Sunday. The win moved to eighth while Carpi are 19th.

A goal each from Luca Paganini and Federico Dionisi allowed Frosinone to down Sampdoria 2-0 while Genoa prevailed 3-2 over Chievo Verona in a nail-biting encounter. The win moved Genoa to 12th while their vanquished opponents are now ninth.

Giampaolo Pazzini put Hellas Verona ahead with a spot-kick in the 41st minute against Udinese, but the visitors grabbed a goal back in the 84th minute through Cyril Thereau to salvage a point from the encounter that has now moved them to 15th in the league standings. The Verona outfit, however, remains mired in the relegation zone in 18th.

Lorenzo Insigne struck in the 46th minute to put Napoli ahead against table toppers Fiorentina, but Paulo Souza’s men equalised courtesy of a Nikola Kalinic goal in the 73rd minute. However, the parity lasts barely two minutes before Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain – who has been in remarkable form for the Naples outfit through the course of the season – struck what proved to be the winning goal of the game.

Maurizio Sarri’s men are now unbeaten from their last seven league fixtures, with only defeat being their league opener against Sassuolo. The win moved Napoli to fourth, and if they can continue in the same vein, it is just a matter of time before they are touted as title contenders in what is turning out to be one of the most open title races in Serie A.

High-flying Sassuolo triumphed 2-1 over Lazio and moved to fifth in the table behind Napoli as a consequence.

In the biggest game of the weekend, the Italian derby, Inter Milan held Juventus to a scoreless draw at the San Siro, and with it missed the chance to go atop the league standings. Roberto Mancini’s men are now third in the table while the reigning Italian champions lie 14th.

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