28 January 2004

MILAN				2-1			SIENA
Kaka 38							Flo 87
Tomasson 54

This match was originally scheduled for December but Milan were given the week off in
order to prepare for the Intercontinental Cup final. Ancelotti gave rare starts to Redondo
and Brocchi and despite Ambrosini's injury, Gattuso sat on the bench.

The mercurial Kaka gave Milan the lead. He ran onto a Shevchenko pass and with his first
touch took the ball away from a defender before tapping into the corner. Maldini hauled
down Flo to concede what I believe is the first penalty awarded against Milan at the San
Siro this season. Menegazzo's awful spot kick was no match for penalty king Dida. Tomasson
put away a rebound after Rossi parried a long range effort from Brocchi. D'Aversa slipped
when trying his luck from the edge of the box, the ball fell kindly to Flo and he finished well,
lashing the ball into the bottom corner for his sixth of the season.

Despite his height Flo's never been particularly good in the air, Siena haven't made the same
mistake as Sunderland.

Attendance : 54,428
Assists : Shevchenko, D'Aversa

25 January 2004

Rocchi 21, 55, 62						Trezeguet 30, 49, 75

Rocchi gave Empoli the lead with a superb volley. Trezeguet scrambled in the equaliser
from a corner and put Juve in front after a terrible clearance gifted him possession
in the box. The defending at the other end wasn't too clever either. Iuliano tried to bring
the ball out of defence but Rocchi nicked the ball off him, Vanucchi played out wide
to Di Natale and his cross was met by Rocchi, 2-2. A fantastic volley gave Rocchi his hat-trick.
Minutes after replacing the useless Del Piero, Miccoli hit a cross which dipped and curled
wickedly, Trezeguet headed low into the net. Empoli had the better of the remaining
minutes but failed to test a decidedly shaky Buffon in the Juve goal.

Juve have conceded almost three times as many goals as either Roma or Milan.

Attendance : 15,000
Assists : Vanucchi, Tacchinardi, Di Natale, Busce, Miccoli

Barzagli 51						Caracciolo 9
Santana 73
Sculli 82

Del Nero threaded a pass through to Caracciolo and he curled the ball into the corner.
Barzagli headed in the equaliser from a free kick and Santana got between a defender to
head in Semioli's cross. Sculli scored his first goal for Chievo with Semoli again supplying
the ammunition.

Attendance : 11,594
Assists : Del Nero, Zanchetta (fk), Semioli (x2)

LECCE				0-1			LAZIO
							Cesar 56

Shortly after Bojinov had a goal harshly dissalowed for offside, Claudio Lopez and
Corradi made the winner for Cesar.

Attendance : 3,545
Assist : Corradi
Red Card : Cassetti 60 (Lecce)

Shevchenko 64 (Pen)
Rui Costa 71
Tomasson 78 (Pen)
Kaka 84, 90

Milan had to wait over 60 minutes before breaching the Ancona defence. Shevchenko
coverted a penalty awarded for handball. Rui Costa finally ended his almost 3 year goal
drough when he shot low into the net after Shevchenko laid off a pass. The crowd erupted
and team-mates swamped him after he ran away to celebrate. Tomasson made the most of
a stupid foul to win a penalty and after converting his back heel was thumped into the net
by Kaka. After missing an absolute sitter the Brazilian broke Anconca' offside trap and tucked
the ball into the corner.

Attendance : 55,000
Assists : Shevchenko, Tomasson (won pen), Tomasson, Rui Costa

Makinwa 41						Recoba 11

Farinos hit a superb long ball upto to Recoba, he instantly pulled it down, stepped wide
of the 'keeper and tapped into the net. Cannavaro, who is a disaster waiting to happen at
Euro 2004, gave away a penalty with a blatant handball. Toldo got him out of jail when he
brilliantly saved Milaneto's penalty with his feet. Makinwa, a recent arrival from Como,
showed excellent composure to lob the ball over Toldo as he came off his line to cut out a
through pass. Adriano came on in the second half and forced Ballotta into a save with a
stinging free kick.

Attendance : 19,000
Assists : Farinos, Marasco


Two brilliant saves from Pagliuca ensured Bologna ran away with a point like theives in
the night. Bologna coach Mazzone was sent off in the second half. He should be sent
to a retirement home.

Attendance : 13,000

Bertotto 15 (og)						Jankulovski 88

Panucci volleyed Mancini's cross goalwards, De Sanctis tipped the ball against the crossbar,
it bounced off Bertotto's head into the net. Samuel denied Jorgensen a shot on goal with
an amazing tackle. Pinzi hammered a shot against the post and Kroldrup made a desperate
clearance as Samuel was about to whack in a rebound after De Sanctis had been floored by
Emerson's shot. Having shot just wide of the post Alberto hit a ferocious shot from 30 yards
forcing Zotti into making one of the most spectacular saves you're ever likely to see. He made
another stunning save to deny Jankulovski as the half drew to a close. Totti rattled the crossbar
with a thnderous shot from distance. Fava beat Panucci to a cross and Jankulovski rifled the
ball into the bottom corner for a deserved equaliser.

Absolutely brilliant match.

Attendance : 44,882

24 January 2004

Flo 87							Ravanelli 5
Menegazzo 92

Perugia born Ravanelli took just 5 minutes to score on his Serie A return when he curled
in a free kick from 25 yards. Grosso's red card prompted Siena to surge forward and after
several near misses they finally equalised when Flo tapped in after Kalac parried a shot
then he fumbled what should have been an easy save from Menegazzo.

Attendance : 11,000
Assists : Di Francesco (won fk), Taddei
Red Card : Grosso 58 (Perugia)

Bazzani 45, 47

Bazzani was standing towards the touchline on the right side of the penalty area, Zenoni
threw the ball at him, he turned and volleyed into the corner from a ridiculous angle,
brilliant goal. A strong run by the talented Ciprini, who has been plagued with injury in
recent seasons, left Bazzani an empty net early in the second half.

Attendance : 25,000
Assists : Zenoni (throw in), Cipriani

R Mehdi