Udinese routs Palermo 7-0 in Serie A

AP, Sunday 27 Feb 2011

Udinese moved within one point of a Champions League spot with a 7-0 rout of nine-man Palermo on Sunday in the Italian league

Alexis Sanchez

Chile forward Alexis Sanchez scored four times at the Sicilian club's Renzo Barbera stadium and Antonio Di Natale added a hat trick to raise his season total to 21, moving past Napoli's Edinson Cavani for the Serie A scoring lead.

Elsewhere, Parma forward Amauri scored two late goals as Parma came back to draw 2-2 at Roma and spoil Vincenzo Montella's home debut as Roma manager.

Roma had gone ahead with a penalty from captain Francesco Totti, who was playing in his 600th match with his hometown club, and another first-half strike from Brazil defender Juan.

Roma also lost key midfielder David Pizarro to an apparent injury.

Roma's city rival Lazio lost 1-0 at Cagliari due to a horrendous own goal from defender Andre Dias.

AC Milan leads with 55 points, Napoli is next with 52, Inter Milan has 50, Lazio 48, Udinese 47 and Roma 43.

Inter visits Sampdoria later and Milan hosts Napoli on Monday.

Also, it was: Bari 1, Fiorentina 1; Brescia 2, Lecce 2; and Cesena 1, Chievo Verona 0.

Earlier, Catania moved four points clear of the relegation zone with a 2-1 win over Genoa in a match that included four expulsions and left Genoa depleted for its game against Inter next weekend.

Antonio Floro Flores put Genoa ahead in the 19th minute before Maxi Lopez and Gonzalo Bergessio hit back for Catania in the 51st and 55th.

Genoa defender Domenico Criscito was then sent off in the 67th for a foul on the edge of the area and Floro Flores and Genoa manager Davide Ballardini were sent off for ensuing protests.

Catania was reduced to 10 men in the 75th when Polish defender Blazej Augustyn was shown a red card for a questionable foul, setting up a penalty for Genoa, but Catania keeper Mariano Andujar blocked Miguel Veloso's spot kick.

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