26 September 2007

CATANIA 1 (Martinez 48)

Attendance : 15,887
Red Cards : Tedesco 88 (Catania), Marzoratti 93 (Empoli)
Assist : Tedesco

FIORENTINA 2 (Gamberini 24, Mutu 79 Pen)
ROMA 2 (Mancini 19, Giuly 36)

This was the second match in Roma's nightmare schedule and second successive draw. There was plenty of goalmouth action before Mancini gave the visitors the lead with a fantastic lob from the edge of the box. Doni literally handed Fiorentina the equaliser. He flapped at a corner and Gamberini turned the ball in at the back post. Doni made up for his earlier mistake with a phenomenal save from Mutu, diving low to keep out the forwards goal-bound header. Vucinic out-muscled the tiny Liverani in midfield before passing to Aquilani who would normally try his luck but with a defender on his shoulder he laid the ball to Giuly who fired first time past Frey. Frey, who is long overdue a France call-up even though he is fat, made phenomenal saves from Vucinic and Pizarro. Prandelli went for broke and replaced Semioli with Vieri and he quickly won a penalty thanks to Everton flop Ferrari's stupidity. Mutu did a Panenka to earn a share of the points. A player of his ability should be gracing the Champions League.

Attendance : 38,000
Red Card : Donadel 84 (Fiorentina)
Assists : Cicinho, n/a, Aquilani, Vieri (won pen)

GENOA 3 (Borriello 21, Borriello 47, Borriello 74 Pen)
UDINESE 2 (Asamoah 51, De Rosa 76 og)

Handanovic tipped a Borriello free kick against the crossbar. Minutes later he punched a Juric free kick back into the centre of the box and this time Borriello hit the back of the net. The former Milan striker struck the crossbar again before scoring his second with what used to be his trademark, a bullet header. Genoa goalkeeper Rubinho was sent off for handling outside of his box, although he didn't, and two minutes later Udinese scored. Di Natale fired a ball through a packed penalty and apparently Asamoah got the final touch as the ball bounced over the line. Zapata conceded a penalty with a clumsy challenge on Borriello and he completed his first Serie A hat-trick with a shot down the middle. Sub goalkeeper Scarpi was beaten by distance when Mesto's shot took a wicked deflection off De Rosa but ten man Genoa held on.

Attendance : 25,000
Red Card : Rubinho 49 (Genoa)
Assists : n/a, Paro (ck), Di Natale, Borriello (won pen), n/a

INTER 3 (Ibrahimovic 24, Ibrahimovic 49, Figo 58)

Crespo dummied a Figo through pass allowing it to run onto Ibrahimovic, he resisted a tackle as he turned then from the edge of the box rifled the ball into the bottom right corner. Good goal but not a patch on what was to follow. Once again he collected a Figo pass and had his back to goal, he used his considerable strength to hold off a defender before flicking the ball between two others, turning suddenly and blasting the ball into the net. Maxwell and Crespo combined to setup Figo for the third.

Technically Ibrahimovic lacks nothing, he's right up there with Kaka', Ronaldinho, Messi or anyone else you can name but has yet to take his league performances into Europe. Sunday's clash away to Roma should be off the charts.

Attendance : 42,013
Assists : Figo, Figo, Ibrahimovic

JUVENTUS 4 (Legrottaglie 48, Salihamidzic 50, Trezeguet 75, Palladino 91)

Legrottaglie gave Juve the lead at the start of the second half. Nocerino's low corner was allowed to bounce in the box and under no pressure whatsoever Legrottaglie side footed past Campagnolo. Juve doubled their lead from another corner. Trezeguet miss-kicked and Salihamidzic pounced to open his Serie A account. Zanetti bypassed the Reggina defence with a ball over the top for Trezeguet to score his inevitable goal. Two of Juve's youngsters combined for the fourth, Nocerino crossed from the left and Reggina screwed off offside again leaving Palladino with an easy finish.

Putting everything aside this is what I admire about Juve. When it comes to taking out the trash in Serie A they have no rivals.

Attendance : 19,050
Assists : Nocerino (ck), Trezeguet, Zanetti, Nocerino

LAZIO 3 (Rocchi 48, Pandev 60, Rocchi 83)
CAGLIARI 1 (Acquafresca 69)

Rocchi broke Cagliari's offside trap, helped greatly by Bianco's slip, and from a tight angle squeezed the ball inside a post. He returned the favour with a centre to Pandev though he shouldn't have scored. With his back to goal he was allowed to turn in the box, Bianco was again at fault, and thumped the ball high into the net. Acquafresca got Cagliari back in the match with a great looping header. Both teams had chances to score before Cagliari's offside trap gift wrapped Lazio the points. Three players stood in a line with their hands raised as Mauri hit a perfectly weighted first time pass into the box which Rocchi nonchalantly lobbed over Fortin to secure Lazio's first win of the season.

Attendance : 15,000
Assists : Pandev, Rocchi, Foggia, Mauri

NAPOLI 1 (Sosa 85)

Attendance : 35,000
Assist : n/a

PALERMO 2 (Diana 73, Miccoli 93)
MILAN 1 (Seedorf 10)

Seedorf finished off a fabulous passing move to give Milan the early lead. Seedorf crossed to Gilardino, who took a ball on his chest before passing to Kaka', Kaka' hit a first time pass towards the penalty spot, Seedorf controlled the ball on his thigh and as Fontana advanced hit the most delicate of lobs over him and into an empty net. Gilardino missed a sitter, Kaka' blew a good chance on the break, beating two defenders before shooting straight at Fontana, Seedorf hit the woodwork with a great first time shot and Emerson was hauled down in the box but no penalty.

It was the same story in the second half. Seedorf forced Jimmy into a save, Pirlo curled a shot against the crossbar, Nesta and Kaka' had efforts cleared off the line. Milan should have been at least 5 goals up, and I'm not exaggerating, before Diana equalised. Amauri controlled a Simplicio longball with his left arm, just yards in front of that bastard Farina, rolled the ball across goal and Diana slid in. In the last minute of injury time dirty Diana took a dive on the right edge of the box and Miccoli beat Kalac at his near post with a free kick.

BULLSHIT. Farina is a c**k-sucking son of a whore. I said after the Celtic match he's the worst ref in Serie A. How this bastard wasn't implicated in Calciopoli I'll never know. There was no conspiracy here, he's just a incompetent biased, bastard. I always cringe when he gets Milan matches. Collina is now the referee designator for Serie A and if he's got any balls and isn't as crooked as I think he is he'll suspend Farina for this performance and make sure he never gets a Milan game again.

Attendance : 30,761
Assists : Kaka', Amauri, Diana (won fk)

PARMA 2 (Reginaldo 62, Corradi 64)

Pisanu slipped in the penalty area as he was about to pull the trigger with four defenders surrounding him, the ball deflected to Reginaldo and he drilled in into the bottom left corner. The Brazilian also had a hand in Parma's second. He played in Coly who made a late run into the box, Pisanu back heeled his cross and Corradi, who missed an open goal in the first half, made no mistake this time at the back post.

Attendance : 13,705
Assists : n/a, Pisanu

SIENA 1 (Loria 31)
ATALANTA 1 (Doni 61 Pen)

Two goals from set pieces kicks. It's a waste of time writing anything else.

Attendance : 7,000
Assists : Galloppa (ck), Pinto (won pen)