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Serie A: Matchday 11 Round-up

Cerci (right) was outstanding on Sunday as Torino snatched a draw (©GettyImages)
Cerci (right) was outstanding on Sunday as Torino snatched a draw (©GettyImages).

Juve and Napoli won by one-goal margins against Parma and Catania respectively while Milan continued their dismal run of form against a Cuadrado-less Fiorentina.

Roma’s perfect start to the season ended in Turin against the Granata, whilst Lazio were handed their fourth defeat of the season against Genoa. 

Parma 0-1 Juventus

Juve managed to grind out a win against a resilient Parma at the Tardini. Pogba’s goal thirteen minutes from time proved to be the winner in a game where chances were seldom. This win leaves La Vecchia Signora three points behind the leaders Roma in third place. As for Donadoni’s men, the Crociati remain on 12 points, 13th in the table.

Milan 0-2 Fiorentina

The dismal run continues. The Rossoneri have been handed their fifth loss of the season against a Cuadrado-less Fiorentina. The Viola were well on top, applying lots of pressure to the sterile Milan.

Vargas broke the deadlock with a deflected free-kick in the 27th minute, Borja Valero then doubled the Viola’s lead in the 73rd minute. Montella’s men bounced back from the home defeat at the hands of Napoli, while Milan are still struggling. This win leaves the Viola on 21 points in sixth, while the Rossoneri remain on 12 points in 11th.

Napoli 2-1 Catania

The southern Italians went head-to-head, both with very different objectives. The Partenopei were hoping to close the gap on Roma, whilst the Sicilians were hoping for a result at the San Paolo to push them out of the relegation zone.

The Neapolitans were victorious in the end, with cracking goals from Callejón and Hamšik. Credit to Catania though, they put up a really good fight. Napoli remain in second, on the same points as Juventus, but are far superior on goal difference. The Rossazzurri however, are in the Relegation Zone (19th) on 6 points. 

Livorno 1-0 Atalanta

A vital three points for the Amaranto in the early kick-off. It’s this time of the year where fixtures get tough. Davide Nicola was fuming on the touchline for a simple reason: Livorno’s upcoming five matches include Inter, Juventus, Milan and Lazio.

Paulinho’s fantastic finish decided the encounter, a game where Atalanta were abysmal. Livorno are now on 12 points in 14th place, Atalanta on 13 in 9th.

Lazio 0-2 Genoa.

Further struggles for Petković’s men, this time against Genoa. Il Grifone are faring really well under Gasperini, who returned for his second spell. Goals from Kucka and Gilardino (penalty) handed Gasperini’s third win in five games. Lazio remain on 15 points in 7th place, while Genoa climb to 8th in the standings.

Sampdoria 3-4 Sassuolo.

If the red side of Genoa are flying high under Gasperini, the blue side are in jeopardy. As for newcomers Sassuolo, they’re beginning to improve significantly after their horrendous start to the season.

What makes this game even more special and bizarre at the same time is the hat-trick of 19 year old Domenico Berardi (on loan from Juve), and the overall flow of the game at the Marassi. Samp took the lead early through Pozzi, before Sassuolo equalised and eventually made it 1-2, both through Berardi.

When Floro Flores added insult to injury with a great finish, the game looked done and dusted in favour of the Emilia-Romagna outfit. However, Samp equalised through Éder and De Silvestri. Just as the game was heading for a draw, De Silvestri went from 'hero to zero'.

The Sampdoria man fouled Farias in the area, Berardi stepped up and scored his second penalty. Final Score: Samp 3-4 Sassuolo. The win, albeit important, was not enough for them to get out of trouble. Verdict: Samp 17th, Sassuolo 18th, both on nine points. 

Udinese 0-3 Inter.

Comfortable win for Mazzarri, more trouble for Guidolin. In recent years the Udinese/Inter game would be a spectacle, something to look forward to. However, in the 13/14 season that isn’t the case - Udinese are a small portion of what they used to be.

It’s axiomatic that they aren't regarded as a feared behemoth anymore. Palacio opened the scoring with a really good header, Ranocchia doubled the Nerazzuri’s lead with volley, and Ricky Álvarez finished the game off in injury time. Inter are now on 22 points in fourth, while Udinese are 10th on thirteen points.

Hellas Verona 2-1 Cagliari.

The Gialloblu are flying high, swimming with the big boys. Returning to the Serie A for the first time in 11 years, Verona are proving to us all that they intend to stay there. This time the 84/85 champions’ prey were Sardinian outfit Cagliari.

Goals from Toni and Janković decided the encounter, which meant that Conti’s injury time strike proved to be a consolation for the Rossoblu. Verona’s victory leaves them on 22 points in fifth, 10 goals behind Inter, and one point ahead of Fiorentina.

Torino 1-1 Roma.

Roma couldn't make it 11/11 when they met Torino in Sunday’s late night kick-off. Alessio Cerci’s equaliser cancelled out Strootman’s opener in a game where Ventura and Torino showed courage.

Cerci was unplayable - taking on players, and dominating that right-hand side. The draw cuts Roma’s lead at the top of the table to only three points, while Torino are on 12 points in 12th.

Bologna 0-0 Chievo.

The Monday night kick-off at the Renato Dell’Ara proved to be a tactical affair. The game produced only four shots on target, and few chances.

Both Rioli and Sannino didn’t want to risk losing the game, for similar reasons. The draw however couldn't help Sannino and his side at all, they remain in last place with only five points. On the other hand, Bologna are in 16th with 10 points.

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