• Tuesday, 2 February 2010

    Inter sit pretty as rivals stumble: Serie A reviews

    Bari 4-2 Palermo
    Napoli 0-0 Genoa
    Cagliari 2-2 Fiorentina
    Milan 1-1 Livorno
    Chievo 1-1 Bologna
    Roma 2-1 Siena
    Sampdoria 2-0 Atalanta
    Catania 1-1 Udinese
    Parma P-P Internazionale
    Juventus 1-1 Lazio

    The inclement weather claimed as it's only Serie A victim the game at Parma where league leaders Inter were due in town. Instead, they could sit back and watch as their nearest rivals failed to make ground. Milan battered Livorno at the San Siro for 89 minutes and 48 seconds, but only had Massimo Ambrosini's goal just before half-time to show for it. Livorno were quite content to just sit and take a pummelling, but for 12 glorious seconds, they put together their only attack of the game and Cristiano Lucarelli steered the ball past Christian Abbiati to level the scores. The misfiring Marco Boriello was replaced by the even more off key Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and he was joined by Pippo Inzaghi late on, but Milan simply couldn't find a way through as Livorno stood firm, Nelson Rivas standing out in a great defensive performance. Juve also blew a lead, but they never looked like hanging on in Alberto Zaccheroni's first game in charge. Alessandro del Piero put them ahead with a penalty twenty minutes from time, but Stefano Mauri equalised within ten minutes to give Lazio a valuable point. Roma had Fulham-bound Stefano Okaka to thank for giving them the win over Siena that draws them level with Milan. John Arne Riise was again on the scoresheet to put Roma ahead, but it was level at the break thanks to Simone Vergassola. Two minutes remained when Okaka flicked the ball into the bottom corner with a deft touch off his heel. Napoli also failed to make ground as they were held by Genoa to a goalless draw.

    The big six-pointer between Udinese and Catania turned into a big one-pointer as Marco Biagianti drew Catania level late on after Antonio Flores had put Udinese ahead on the half hour. Atalanta remain in the mire after defeat to Sampdoria who seem to have found their touch again, albeit after dropping Antonio Cassano. Angelo Palombo and Giampaolo Pazzini got the goals, both coming just before the break, although the afternoon was soured a little when Marco Padalino was sent off in stoppage time.

    Palermo were beaten in Bari in game of the week. Bari were two up inside ten minutes through Leonardo Bonucci and Edgar Alvarez, but the sides were level just after the break as Edison Cavani and Javier Pastore pulled Palermo back into it. But just two minutes after drawing level, Fabio Liverani was sent off and Bari capitalised with a Paulo Barretto penalty and Vladimir Koman's clincher in the dying moments. Fiorentina took an early lead at Cagliari through Marco Marchionni, but were behind early in the second half with Andrea Lazzari and Davide Astori the scorers. Three minutes after going ahead, Cagliari were down a man, Andrea Cossu sent off, and Stevan Jovetic grabbed a share of the spoils for La Viola. Bologna took the lead at Chievo through Marco di Vaio, but Sergio Pellissier equalised five minutes into the second half to ensure a split pot.

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