There were wins in Serie A for Juventus and AC Milan on Sunday, but Napoli and Fiorentina both suffered defeats.
League leaders Juventus widened the gap to the chasing pack after they beat Empoli 3-0 at Stadio Carlo Castellani.
The struggling Azzurri held on until after the break when goals from Paulo Dybala (65') and Gonzalo Higuain (67', 70') secured a third successive victory for the defending champions.
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Elsewhere, Napoli lost ground on Juve after they lost 1-0 to Atalanta at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia, where Andrea Petagna's ninth-minute goal settled matters.
The Partenopei's unbeaten start in the top flight came to an end as they slipped four points behind the Bianconeri in second place, while La Dea moved up to 12th with their second win on the trot.
Meanwhile, AC Milan's resurgence continued as they edged Sassuolo in a seven-goal thriller at the San Siro.
The Rossoneri took the lead through Giacomo Bonaventura after just nine minutes, but they were pegged back instantly by Matteo Politano's 10th-minute equaliser.
Two early second-half goals from Francesco Acerbi (54') and Lorenzo Pellegrini (56') saw the Neroverdi go in front, before Carlos Bacca (69') pulled one back from the penalty spot and then Manuel Locatelli restored parity four minutes later.
Gabriel Paletta was the unlikely hero for the hosts as the defender scored his first-ever goal for the club on 77 minutes to extend their unbeaten run to four matches.
Fiorentina's inconsistent season continued as they went down 2-1 to Torino at Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino.
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Goals either side of half-time from Iago Falque (15') and Marco Benassi (60') secured the win for Toro, although Khouma Babacar pulled one back for La Viola six minutes from time.
The 14th-placed Florence outfit are now winless in their last three league outings, with Sinisa Mihajlovic's side in eighth after going four matches unbeaten.
Crotone remain rooted to the foot of the table after they were beaten 2-1 by fellow newcomers Cagliari at Stadio Sant'Elia.
Davide Di Gennaro (38') and Simone Padoin (56') scored either side of the interval to make it back-to-back wins for the Rossoblu, who conceded at the death, although Adrian Stoian's 91st-minute goal came as a mere consolation for the Squali.
Giovanni Simeone (77') scored the only goal of the game as Genoa ran out narrow 1-0 victors against Bologna at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara, where both teams finished with 10 men after Blerim Dzemaili (87') and Santiago Gentiletti (85') were sent off late on.
Palermo were denied what would have been only their second win of the campaign as they had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Sampdoria at Stadio Luigi Ferraris.
Ilija Nestoroski's 66th-minute goal looked to have secured a welcome three points for the Rosanero, but they had Alessandro Gazzi (90') dismissed at the death before Bruno netted a late equaliser deep into stoppage time.
Sunday's Serie A results:
Empoli 0-3 Juventus
Atalanta 1-0 Napoli
Bologna 0-1 Genoa
Cagliari 2-1 Crotone
Sampdoria 1-1 Palermo
AC Milan 4-3 Sassuolo
Torino 2-1 Fiorentina