(CNN) -- Juventus stayed ahead of a resurgent AC Milan in second place in Serie A with a 1-0 home victory over Udinese in Sunday's late match.
The win keeps Juve kept ahead of Milan, who earlier beat Cagliari in a seven-goal thriller in the San Siro.
Leaders Inter Milan beat Bologna on Saturday to remain five points clear of Juventus with city rivals Milan a further two points adrift.
Fabio Grosso scored the only goal of the match for the Old Lady in the 52nd minute in Turin, breaking a deadlock in a tight match.
More good news for the home side came as captain Alessandro Del Piero came on as a substitute after a two-month injury layoff.
Milan treated their fans to an exciting display of attacking football with Ronalinho showing glimpses of his former glory days to inspire the victory.
Milan took the lead after just five minutes when as Clarence Seedorf played a clever one-two with Marco Borriello before a neat finish.
Cagliari hit back to level almost at once through Alessandro Matri and after home keeper Dida had made two fine saves went ahead as Andrea Lazzari drove the ball home at the far post.
In the 38th minute, Milan equalized after Pato saw his header come back off a post and Borriello headed home.
Five minutes before the break, the home side were ahead after Ronaldinho's pass found fellow Brazilian Pato to score the goal of the game.
In the second half, Borriello was fouled in the penalty area and Ronaldinho scored the penalty to put them 4-2 ahead only for Nene to score Cagliari's third to set up a tense finale.
In other matches on Sunday, Francesco Totti made a sterling return from injury to score a hat trick for AS Roma in their 3-1 win over Bari.
Sampdoria also moved back into the Champions League places with a 2-1 home win over Chievo with Giampaolo Pazzini scoring a 65th minute winner.
In Spain's La Liga, Valencia continued their surge up the table with a 3-1 win over Oasuna 3-1 with goals from David Villa, David Albelda and Carlos Marchena.
Villa put them on the way with his ninth league goal of the season and they are fourth in the standings, four points adrift of leaders Real.