AC Milan struggle to break the deadlock against Chievo, Roma failed to win against Sassuolo, Inter saw the return of Zanetti, and Juventus overcame Napoli with ease.
Here's a breakdown of what happened in Serie A this weekend:
Catania 1-0 Udinese
A game which featured one of the most bizarre misses this season, the Sicilians managed a win against struggling Udinese. A Maxi Lopez penalty settled the game. This win means Catania reach the 9-point mark, but they’re still in 19th. Udinese drop two places, down to 12th with 13 points.
Inter Milan 2-0 Livorno
The other game on Saturday featured Inter and newcomers Livorno. An own goal from goalkeeper Francesco Bardi and an injury-time Nagatomo goal was enough to grant Inter the three points.
What is equally important is the return of ‘Il Trattore’, Javier Zanetti made his long awaited return against Livorno after a ligament injury sustained in April. This win means that Inter are on 25 points in 4th, three points behind Napoli. As for Livorno, they drop one place on 12 points in 15th.
Genoa 2-0 Hellas Verona
This week’s brunch time kick-off saw Il Grifone overcome the Gialloblu at the Marassi. Portanova gave the hosts the lead with a free header, while Kucka continued from where he left last week against Lazio with a fantastic header.
Genoa continue their red hot form under the returning Gasperini, sitting in 7th on 17 points. A win for Fiorentina means that Verona drop to 6th on 22 points, two behind the Viola.
Atalanta 2-1 Bologna
La Dea left it late to secure all three points against Bologna at the Azzurri D’Italia. Atalanta opened the scoring through Brivio, before Rolando Bianchi equalised for the Rossoblu. It appeared as though they would share the points, but Livaja had other ideas. The Croatian’s shot found the net in the 93rd minute.
La Dea remain in 9th on 16 points, one goal behind Lazio. The Rossoblu also remain unchanged, 16th on 10 points.
Parma 1-1 Lazio
A game with few chances, and dull encounter at the Tardini, Parma rescued a point against the Biancocelesti. Eighteen year old Balde Keita put the capital club ahead, before Lucarelli headed home from a corner.
Parma climb two places, and are now in 11th, Lazio drop to 8th place on 16 points.
Chievo 0-0 Milan
The Bentegodi never fails to amaze us. Chievo drew with Milan in a game which saw numerous missed chances, and two red cards. Although Sannino’s men played a good game, had Luca Rigoni scored into an open net instead of blasting it into the side netting, Chievo could have got the three points. Robinho missed Milan’s best chance of the game, hitting the post after going one-on-one with Frey.
Despite the draw, Milan climb to 10th on 13 points, while Chievo remain bottom with 6.
Cagliari 2-1 Torino
Cagliari’s third game at the Sant’Elia this season saw them overcome Torino thanks to two goals from captain Daniele Conti. The Cagliari midfielder put the Rossoblu ahead with a free-kick, before Ciro Immobile equalised in the 52nd minute. Conti regained Cagliari’s lead in the 87th minute with an absolute belter.
Verdict: Cagliari 13th on 13, Torino 14th on 12.
Roma 1-1 Sassuolo
If former Roma man Cerci ended the Giallorossi’s perfect run last week, former Roma man Di Francesco added insult to injury. The young manager, and former Roma legend steered his side to earn a point at the Olimpico. After a fantastic one-two, Florenzi’s attempted finish was saved and then bizarrely, Longhi put it through his own net.
It wasn’t until the 94th minute, the last minute of added time that Sassuolo got the equaliser. Youngster Domenico Berardi notched onto a loose ball in the penalty area unleashing an unstoppable shot past De Sanctis.
Roma are still top, but their lead has been cut to only one point. Sassuolo are out of the relegation zone, one point ahead of Sampdoria.
Fiorentina 2-1 Sampdoria
Red-hot Giuseppe Rossi scored two goals as the Viola put more pressure on former boss Delio Rossi. Although Manolo Gabbiadini pulled one back for the Genoa club, Fiorentina were able to hold on to the victory.
Fiorentina climb to 5th on 24 points, while Samp drop into the relegation zone, still on 9 points in 17th. The question now is how long will Delio Rossi last?
Juventus 3-0 Napoli
Napoli were nowhere to be found. In what was labeled the blockbuster of the season couldn’t live up to its name-tag. Juventus eviscerated Napoli. Fernando Llorente scored 80 seconds into the game with a tap-in. La Vecchia Signora didn’t stop there. Pirlo and Pogba scored two fantastic goals. The former scored a stunning free-kick, while the young Frenchman continued to impress with a wonderful volley.
Juve close the gap on Roma to only one point. Napoli are still in 3rd, but four points away from Roma.
NEXT WEEK’S HEADLINE GAME
DERBY DELLA SCALA- A TALE OF TWO CITIES
For the only the third time in Serie A history, the two Verona sides will lock horns at the Bentegodi. 84/85 Champions and newly promoted side Hellas Verona are sixth in the standings. The other side of Verona however are bottom of the table with only 6 points. Can Sannino outclass Mandorlini, or will Verona prove too strong for Chievo?
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