• Monday, 6 April 2009

    Serie A Round 30 Review: Juve bid arrivederci to title

    Udinese 0-1 Inter
    AC Milan 2-0 Lecce
    Reggina 0-1 Genoa
    Juventus 3-3 Chievo
    Siena 2-0 Lazio
    Cagliari 1-0 Catania
    Palermo 1-0 Torino
    Roma 2-1 Bologna
    Sampdoria 2-2 Napoli
    Atalanta 1-2 Fiorentina

    Inter's narrow (and some might say undeserved) 1-0 win at Udinese was due to Marco Isla's unfortunate own goal. Juventus had earlier possibly kissed their title chances goodbye after Sergio Pellissier had scored a hat-trick for Chievo, including a 90th minute equaliser, to deny the hosts all three points after they had scored through Chiellini, a Yepes OG and Iaquinta. This result means the Old Lady are 9 points behind the Nerrazzuri with 8 games to play.

    AC Milan are further behind but were nonetheless pleased to beat Lecce 2-0. They left it very late, though, as two stoppage time goals from Ronaldinho and Filipo Inzaghi kept Carlo Ancelloti's misfiring team in 3rd. Genoa remain fourth after a 1-0 win at Reggina, a tight encounter were the hosts had plenty of chances but stuck to the familiar theme of profligacy that shows you why they are the league's bottom side. Thiago Motta struck the winner in the second half. Fiorentina made it hard for themselves in Bergamo, Gianvito Plasmati put the home side ahead four minutes into the second half after a tame opening 45 minutes, but Stevan Jovetic equalised from the penalty spot after Federico Peluso was sent off for a foul on Alberto Gilardino.
    Fiorentina pushed for a winner, but they had to wait until 30 seconds from time before Gilardino struck to earn Cesare Prandelli's side a crucial three points in the race for a place in the Champions League next season.

    Francesco Totti returned from injury and struck twice from the penalty spot as Roma beat Serie A strugglers Bologna at the Stadio Olimpico, either side of Massimo Marrazzina's (there's a name from the past!) equaliser for the visitors who are now 2 points above the drop. Palermo and Cagliari kept up their recent good form with 1-0 wins; Siena condemned Lazio to their third-straight defeat thanks to Emanuele Calaio and Massimo Maccarone. Sampdoria's game with Napoli ended in stalemate, after German Denis struck a last-gasp equaliser cancelling out Angelo Palombo's goals after he had put the home side ahead twice.

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