19 March 2008

CAGLIARI 1 (Acquafresca 18 Pen)

Attendance : 15,000
Red Card : Carrozzieri 76 (Atalanta)
Assist : Acquafresca (won pen)


Attendance : 16,000
Assist : n/a


Attendance : 13,000
Assist : n/a

GENOA 1 (Borriello 85)
INTER 1 (Suazo 12)

Inter finally put Suazo's pace to good use on a counter attack. Cambiasso played a ball from his own half down the left flank to Ibrahimovic who rode a tackle, ran into the box and centred for Suazo to tap in his 8th goal of a wasted season. Pele was sent off body checking Juric. Five minutes from time Julio Cesar spilled a Juric cross and Borriello vaulted off the ground to hit an absolutely magnificent left foot scissor kick into the top corner.

Attendance : 30,000
Red Card : Pele 40 (Inter)
Assists : Ibrahimovic, n/a

LIVORNO 1 (Bogdani 61)
REGGINA 1 (Brienza 33)

Livorno must be using those energy saving light bulbs (look after the planet kids) because the lighting at their stadium was the shits. Brienza gave the visitors the lead with a superb shot on the turn from 18 yards. Bogdani took advantage of slack marking to head in the equaliser.

Attendance : 9,000
Assist : Modesto, De Vezze

MILAN 1 (Paloschi 71)
SAMPDORIA 2 (Maggio 12, Delvecchio 25)

Kaka' went off after 10 minutes with a hamstring injury and two minutes later Samp were leading. Delvecchio bounced a throw in off his chest and hit an overhead kick to Sammarco, he centred to the player Ancelotti highlighted as the dangerman before the match, Maggio, and sure enough he scored. Kaladze gave up another goal, how many mistakes before he is dropped? He broke up a counter attack then gave the ball to Volpi, he released Delvecchio who raced upfield and ignored Nesta's attempts to remove his shirt to score in off Kalac. Samp could have easily gone in 0-4 up at half time. Milan's teenage strikers combined for the consolation goal, Pato's fantastic left wing cross was matched by Paloschi's header at the near post. Lucchini was sent off for pulling back Paloschi and in injury time Castelazzi tipped a Gattuso volley over the crossbar.

Despite losing nutjob Cassano to a five match ban Samp haven't missed a beat. As for Milan goodbye Madrid hello Bratislava. Paloschi has done in a month what Gourcuff (through no lack of trying) has failed to do in two years i.e. win over Ancelotti.

Attendance : 52,477
Red Card : Lucchini 90 (Sampdoria)
Assist : Sammarco, Volpi, Pato

NAPOLI 2 (Lavezzi 23, Lavezzi 31)

Domizzi drove a longball out of defence to full back Mannini, he ran into the box, took a touch then centred for Lavezzi to slide in at the back post. Fiorentina cleared a corner as far as the edge of the box, Lavezzi bounced the ball of his chest before shooting through a ruck of players past Frey, who should have saved.

Napoli have beaten three of the top four teams at home i.e. Inter, Juventus and now Fiorentina. Roma beat them 0-2 earlier in the month.

Attendance : 40,000
Assists : Mannini, n/a

PARMA 2 (Budan 52, Budan 90 Pen)
PALERMO 1 (Cavani 68)

Maringa was sent off for a dangerous two footed foul on Migliaccio. Budan headed Parma into the lead from a Gasbarroni free kick. Cavani came off the bench to equalise. The Parma defence closed down Simplicio, probably expecting him to hit one of his trademark long rangers, he slipped a pass to Cavani who finished with a toe poke. Barzagli evened up the sides with a ridiculous handball. Budan converted what appeared to be a soft penalty, moving Parma three points clear of the relegation zone.

I forgot to mention Cuper was appointed Parma coach last week. How the mighty have fallen. From choking at Valencia and Inter to fireman.

Attendance : 20,000
Red Card : Maringa 27 (Parma), Barzagli 70 (Palermo)
Assist : Gasbarroni (fk), Simplicio, Dessena (won pen)

UDINESE 1 (Pepe 23 fk)

Attendance : 22,000
Assist : Floro Flores (won fk)

LAZIO 3 (Pandev 43, Rocchi 58 Pen, Behrami 92)
ROMA 2 (Taddei 31, Perrotta 62)

A bizarre goal gave Roma first blood in another action packed Rome derby. After a series of deflections in the penalty area Behrami tried to whack the ball clear but kicked it against Taddei and it bounced off his shoulder past Ballotta. Pandev tapped in the equaliser when Roma's weak link Doni palmed a cross against Juan. Man City reject Bianchi fell under minimum contact from Juan to win the penalty that put Lazio in front. Cassetti launched a high ball out his defence to Vucinic, he headed down to Totti whose attempted return pass clipped off Cribari's heels and Perrotta made a late run into the box to equalise. Pandev chipped a cross to the back post, Mauri volleyed into the ground, the bounce caught Doni and Juan flat footed and Behrami stormed in at the back post to thump home the winner.

Pandev has been continually linked with moves to Bayern and Man City what is surprising is as yet no one has shown firm interest in midfielder Christian Ledesma. Easily the best Argentinean player in Serie A.

Attendance : 55,000
Assist : n/a, n/a, Bianchi (won pen), n/a, Mauri