Having beaten Reggiana on Friday evening, Empoli made the trip to Cremona on Tuesday for one of their games in hand, a rearranged Round 31 fixture, with a four-point lead over second-placed Lecce, who had lost to SPAL on Saturday, keeping things tight in the fight for playoff places and automatic promotion.
Salernitana are third, a point off Lecce and four clear of Venezia behind them, following their win at bottom-placed Virtus Entella.
Pescara remain second from bottom despite managing to pick up a point away to Brescia, whose promotion chances are looking increasingly slim.
Elsewhere in Round 33, Cremonese had warmed up for Empoli by beating Pordenone 2-1, Ascoli dealt Monza a shock as they beat Cristian Brocchi’s side 1-0. Frosinone and Cittadella drew 1-1, and Chieva beat Pisa 2-0.
Sunday’s games saw Reggina beat Vicenza 3-0, while Venezia beat Cosenza by the same scoreline. The highlight of the latter match came as Inter loanee Sebastiano Esposito scored a fine freekick for the Arancioneroverdi.