Udinese and Lazio keep pressure on Juventus in Italy

    Antonio Di Natale (No.10) celebrates after giving Udinese a narrow victory over Palermo on Sunday.

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    • Udinese and Lazio keep the pressure on Juventus at the top of Serie A
    • Both sides claim wins on Sunday and are a point behind leaders Juventus
    • Levante's unbeaten run in Spain is over as they fall to a 2-0 defeat at Osasuna
    Captain Antonio Di Natale returned from injury to score the only goal that gave Udinese a 1-0 win over Palermo on Sunday -- a result that keeps the pressure on Juventus at the top of Italy's Serie A table.
    Di Natale volleyed home Dusan Basta's cross seven minutes before half-time to leave Udinese on 18 points, one off leaders Juventus.
    And Lazio later joined Udinese on 18 points with a comfortable 3-0 success at Cagliari, thanks to goals from Senad Lulic, Miroslav Klose and Tommaso Rocchi -- who was netting his 100th goal for the club.
    Defending champions AC Milan are a further point back in fourth position after Saturday's 3-2 triumph at Roma.
    Meanwhile, bottom club Cesena sacked coach Marco Giampaolo after Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Parma left them still waiting for their first win of the season.
    In Spain's La Liga, Levante lost their first game of the season when they fell to a 2-0 loss at Osasuna.
    First-half goals from Juan Martinez and Alvaro Cejudo were enough to deny Levante an eighth straight league victory and the result leaves Real Madrid a point ahead of rivals Barcelona at the top of the table.
    However, Cejudo was later sent off for a second bookable offence, leading to a nervy final half-an-hour for the home side.
    Levante remain third, two points behind Madrid after their first defeat in 10 games.
    In other matches, Atletico Madrid beat Zaragoza 3-1 to ease the pressure on coach Gregorio Manzano.
    A double from Adrian Lopez helped Atletico to their first win in eight matches, lifting them up to ninth place.
    Meanwhile, Racing Santander became the final team to win a match this season as they beat Real Betis 1-0 thanks to a Christian Stuauni penalty.