Arturo Vidal tapped home to hand Juventus a closely-fought and controversial 1-0 victory over Catania in the Serie A on Sunday.
The hosts felt hard done by after Gonzalo Bergessio’s effort in the first half was wrongly ruled out for offside and were further aggrieved when defender Giovanni Marchese was sent off for a second yellow after Vidal’s goal.
To make matters worse for Catania, Nicklas Bendtner appeared to in an offside position in the build-up to Juventus’ 57th-minute winner.
The win maintains Juventus’ lead at the top of the table with 25 points and extends their unbeaten run in the league to 48 games.
The only goal of the game arrived in typically controversial circumstances when Mario Vucinic picked out Bendtner only for the Danish striker to shoot tamely at Mariano Andujar.
Vidal pounced on the rebound but the home crowd were soon incensed when the replay showed Bendtner was in a clear offside position.
Inter Milan stretched their winning streak to five matches with a 3-1 victory over Bologna.
Goals from Andrea Ranocchia and Esteban Cambiasso either side of Diego Milito’s strike were enough to render Niccolo Cherubin’s 58th-minute header for the home side inconsequential.
Ranocchia headed in Cambiasso’s cross on 27 minutes before the Argentine provider turned goal scorer to put the visitors 3-1 up six minutes after Cherubin’s reply.
Bologna would eventually pay for their wastefulness in front of goal as a string of long shots missed their mark in an entertaining encounter.
Inter moved ahead of Lazio into the top three with the win as they were defeated 2-0 at Fiorentina.
Adem Ljajic put the hosts a goal up on the stroke of half-time with a lovely strike from outside the box before Luca Toni wrapped up the scoring in second-half stoppage time to make it 2-0.
Parma defeated Torino 3-1 with a late flurry of goals from both sides as Nicola Sansome, Amauri and Aleandro Rosi scored inside the last 20 minutes for the winners.
Daniele Dessena scored the only goal of the game for Cagliari as they won 1-0 at Sampdoria.
Pescara and Atalanta could not be separated in a goalless draw but both picked up handy points.
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