* Juve only a point clear after losing 2-1 at Fiorentina * Second-placed Roma close gap with 1-0 win at Udinese * Napoli stay in third after 3-1 success over Pescara * Lazio beat Atalanta 2-1 with both coaches sent off (Re-casts with Fiorentina v Juventus) MILAN, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Serie A leaders Juventus suffered a 2-1 defeat at mid-table Fiorentina on Sunday as the Serie A title race came alive following a niggly, bad-tempered but pulsating match. Juve's fourth league reverse of the season, all away from home, meant their lead at the top was cut to one point after second-placed AS Roma beat Udinese 1-0 away despite a shocking penalty miss from their leading scorer Edin Dzeko.
AS Roma sneaked past Udinese 1-0 in Serie A on Sunday thanks to some inspired goalkeeping by Wojciech Szczesny and despite a shocking penalty miss from their leading scorer Edin Dzeko. Napoli comfortably saw off bottom club Pescara 3-1 while Ciro Immobile's second-half penalty gave Lazio a 2-1 win over Atalanta. Roma's sixth win in their last seven Serie A games left them with 44 points from 20 games, one behind leaders Juventus who are away to Fiorentina in the evening game.
Teams go the extra mile to beat Juventus and although Roma's title challenge is strong, their ability to finish in front of goal is lacking. Juventus's status as the undisputed kings of the Italian domestic game -- they have 32 Serie A titles, compared to AC Milan's 18 -- means they are loved and hated in equal measure.