17 February 2008

FIORENTINA 2 (Kuzmanovic 40, Mutu 71)
CATANIA 1 (Vargas 60)

20 year old Swiss midfielder Zdrakov Kuzmanovic scored his first Serie A goal from Santana's excellent first time cross. Five minutes after Frey left the pitch with a thigh problem his replacement, Avramov, was picking the ball out his net. Vargas latched onto a poor clearance from a corner and rifled the ball through a ruck of players via a deflection off a team-mate. As usual Mutu came to Fiorentina's rescue. Taking a ball from Pazzini he accelerated away from two defenders before letting rip with a fierce shot from 25 yards which flew into the top right corner.

Attendance : 26,648
Assists : Santana, n/a, Pazzini

SAMPDORIA 1 (Maggio 87)

Attendance : 32,000
Red Card : Danilo 62 (Genoa)
Assist : n/a

LAZIO 3 (Rocchi 26 Pen, Pandev 56, Rocchi 88 Pen)

In between two penalties, Lazio's first spot kicks of the season, Pandev took advantage of that bullshit offside rule. Rocchi was standing 6 foot offside as the Bulgarian, who wasn't offside, ran onto a Mauri's through ball and following the ensuing confusion raced downfield before scoring at the second attempt.

Attendance : 15,000
Assists : Manfredini (won pen), n/a, Bianchi (won pen)

NAPOLI 1 (Mannini 37)
EMPOLI 3 (Pozzi 21, Pozzi 65, Budel 81)

Giovinco was standing with his back to play as he received a cross, he bounced the ball off his chest and volleyed the ball to Pozzi who burst into the box before firing past Iezzo. Mannini equalised from a deflected Lavezzi centre. Zalayeta and Piccolo were sent off during half time for some shenanigans in the tunnel. Pozzi smashed in his second from another deflected cross but injured his knee in the process and had to be stretchered off. Napoli captain Domizzi was sent off for jumping on Giovinco. Budel tapped in a late third after Busce forced a save from Gianello.

Attendance : 50,000
Red Card : Zalayeta 46 (Napoli), Piccolo 46 (Empoli), Domizzi 74 (Napoli)
Assists : Giovinco, n/a, n/a, n/a

PALERMO 2 (Cavani 23, Jankovic 45)
CAGLIARI 1 (Cavani 51 og)

Under pressure from Tedesco a Cagliari defender sliced Jankovic's free kick across his own goal and Cavani headed in at the back post. Cassani helped make the second with a magnificent run. Starting on the right flank he carried the ball from his own half, cut inside a defender and in mid step-over with the outside of his right foot poked the ball to Cavani and from his return pass hit a first time cross between three Cagliari defenders to Jankovic who nutmegged George in the Cagliari goal. Cavani scored a comical own goal. Facing his own net when defending a corner he attempted to head the ball clear with disastrous results.

Attendance : 21,829
Assists : n/a, Cassani, n/a

REGGINA 1 (Modesto 76)
UDINESE 3 (Pepe 8, Di Natale 63, Di Natale 94)

Pepe volleyed Udinese into the lead from a D'Agostino free kick. Swiss International Gokhan Inler, regarded by the Italian media as one of the best midfielders in the league, ran into traffic on the edge of the Reggina penalty area but recovered then chipped a beautiful pass to Di Natale who pulled off the shoulder of a defender before tapping into the bottom corner. Amoruso hammered a shot against the underside of the crossbar and the ball was gathered by Modesto out on the left flank, he cut inside the box, turned a defender twice and from a ridiculous angle hammered a left foot shot into the top right corner. With Reggina pushing forward in search of an equaliser Udinese hit them on the break. Pepe intercepted a cross and as he turned hit a perfect longball 60 yards downfield to Di Natale who raced away from the two defenders who were desperately trying to keep up before curling the ball wide of Campagnolo.

Attendance : 10,000
Assists : D'Agostino, Inler, n/a, Pepe


Attendance : 8,5000
Assists : n/a

16 February 2008

INTER 2 (Suazo 14, Suazo 18)

Ibrahimovic and Cruz were rested ahead of Inter's Champions League match against Liverpool so Suazo and Crespo, who seems to have aged five years this season, started in attack. Suazo headed in a Chivu free kick and pounced on a deflection to score his second four minutes later.

Attendance : 45,000
Assists : Chivu (fk), n/a


Attendance : 25,000
Assists : n/a

JUVENTUS 1 (Del Piero 45 fk)

Del Piero took Juve within a point of second placed Roma with a magnificent free kick at the end of the first half.

Attendance : 21,139
Assist : Nedved (won fk)

13 February 2008

LIVORNO 1 (Pulzetti 50)
MILAN 1 (Pirlo 61 Pen)

Amelia made a couple of great saves before another mistake by the error prone Kaladze was punished in spectacular fashion. He headed a routine cross straight to Pulzetti, he cut inside Favalli and from the left of the box curled the ball inside Kalac's right hand post. Vidigal threw away Livorno's lead when he punched out a cross. It was a this moment when Ronaldo collapsed and was stretchered off. Pirlo converted in the absence of Kaka'.

Attendance : 44,000
Assists : n/a, n/a