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Juventus lose at home 2-1 to 10-man Sampdoria in Serie A

ROME -- Serie A leader Juventus was beaten 2-1 at home by 10-man Sampdoria and two other title contenders also lost Sunday, as the big Italian clubs struggled to get back into full gear after the holiday break.

Italy forward Antonio Di Natale scored twice to help Udinese beat 10-man Inter Milan 3-0, and Fiorentina lost 2-0 to Pescara for its first home defeat of the season.

Meanwhile, Edinson Cavani was on form and scored a hat trick as third-place Napoli beat Roma 4-1 in the late match. With 16 goals this season, the Uruguay forward moved two past Stephen El Shaarawy of AC Milan to top the league scoring chart.

AC Milan also struggled before beating Siena 2-0 with two second-half goals.

Juventus still leads with 44 points. Lazio, which beat Cagliari 2-1 Saturday, is next with 39 points, followed by Napoli — which was penalized two points for match-fixing — with 37 and Inter and Fiorentina with 35 each.

Milan is seventh with 30 points.

In other matches, it was: Parma 2, Palermo 1; Chievo Verona 1, Atalanta 0; and Genoa 2, Bologna 0.

Juventus went all of last season unbeaten but has now lost four times this campaign — and twice at home.

Sebastian Giovinco gave Juventus the lead with a penalty in the 24th and it looked like it would be easy for the Turin power after Sampdoria defender Gaetano Berardi picked up his second yellow card in the 31st.

But Mauro Icardi then scored twice for the visitors.

In the 53rd, Icardi finished off a counterattack with a long, angled shot that goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon should have done a better job at stopping.

In the 69th, Icardi scored again from a similar position, this time using a powerful rising shot that skimmed over Buffon's outstretched hands.

Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio bruised his right knee and could be out two to three weeks.

Juve had a chance to equalize but forward Mirko Vucinic's shot in the 73rd hit the crossbar and then bounced down just in front of the goal.

replaced Ciro Ferrara as Sampdoria's coach, noted he was glad he didn't let Icardi go home to Argentina to play with his national under-20 squad.

Icardi also scored a key goal against Genoa in a derby earlier this season.

In Udine, Di Natale put the hosts ahead in the 63rd by finishing off a swift counterattack as Inter's defense struggled to keep up.

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