7 October 2007

LAZIO 1 (Mauri 23)
MILAN 5 (Ambrosini 16, Kaka' 32 Pen, Kaka' 52, Gilardino 70, Gilardino 79)

Lazio's young goalkeeper was embarrassed by Ambrosini. The Milan captain crossed the ball from the left touchline and it sailed over the poorly positioned Muslera's head. De Silvestri played a ball into Stendardo on the left flank, he passed in-field to Pandev, he played it back to De Silvestri as Bonera ran in with a wild challenge, De Silvestri continued his run into the box and pulled the ball back for Mauri to equalise. Mauri slipped when trying to clear from Seedorf, Muslera came off his line for the loose ball and Gilardino threw himself over to win a penalty. Kaka' sent Muslera the wrong way then collected a pass from Pirlo, held off Stendardo and put the ball between the 'keepers legs. Gilardino was booked for diving before ending his goal drought. Kaka' teased Cribari before playing in Gilardino with a fabulous disguised pass which the striker hit first time through Muslera's legs. Gilardino scored his second and Milan's fifth to complete a sensational victory. Seedorf chipped a ball into Ambrosini as he ran into the box, Ambrosini headed the ball back and Gilardino slammed a right foot volley into the roof of the net.

Inzaghi was injured so Milan were forced to play with a lone striker and looked much better going forward and also held their shape in midfield and defence. Inzaghi is a nightmare for strikers to play alongside. Shevchenko had a fantastic understanding with Tomasson but struggled with Inzaghi while Gilardino was prolific at Parma playing as a lone striker.

Attendance : 30,000
Assists : Favalli, De Silvestri, Gilardino (won pen), Pirlo, Kaka', Ambrosini

CATANIA 1 (Sardo 20)

Attendance : 16,000
Red Card : Belleri 77 (Livorno)
Assist : Vargas (fk)

FIORENTINA 1 (Mutu 89 Pen)
JUVENTUS 1 (Iaquinta 23)

Iaquinta intercepted a clearance and fired Juve into the lead from the edge of the box though the goal shouldn't have stood as Trezeguet ran across Frey as Iaquinta shot, clearly interfering with play. I hate that rule. Mutu wasted two free headers before converting a penalty awarded for handball.

Attendance : 40,087
Assists : n/a, n/a

GENOA 2 (Borriello 59, Di Vaio 73)

With his back to play on the edge of the box Borriello flicked up Leon's cross with his right foot, turned and blasted a left foot volley past Fortin. Fantastic goal. Konko set-up Di Vaio with what the Italian's call a slalom, he dribbled past three defenders before playing a ball out wide to the former Italy international and he placed the ball into the bottom right corner.

Attendance : 24,000
Assists : Leon, Konko

PALERMO 1 (Amauri 94)
REGGINA 1 (Amoruso 91)

Palermo dominated most of this match and played some great football but become increasingly frustrated by their inability to score. Colantuono, their coach, was having fits on the bench. Biava was sent off for cynically brining down Ceravolo on a counter attack. Three minutes later Ceravolo wrestled possession from the home side in midfield and threaded a pass to Amoruso, despite being 33 years old and not very quick, he outran Zaccardo (which is why he is still at Palermo) and shot across Jimmy into the bottom left corner. Amauri threw his considerable bulk at a Jankovic cross to equalise with a spectacular diving header.

Attendance : 22,845
Red Card : Biava 88 (Palermo)
Assists : Ceravolo, Jankovic

ROMA 3 (Totti 2, Mancini 21, Totti 82)

Parma defender Castellini shepherded a ball out of play while being harassed by Mancini. Castellini stopped running as did the ball right on the goal-line, Mancini pushed it back in play and centred for Totti to score. Mancini ran between four defenders onto a Totti pass to score Roma's second. Corradi got a second yellow for handball after picking up his first caution for no good reason minutes earlier. Totti's second was excellent, a true strikers finish. He pulled away from a Parma defender before squeezed the ball under Bucci.

Attendance : 18,210
Red Card : Corradi 27 (Parma)
Assists : Mancini, Totti, De Rossi

SIENA 3 (Maccarone 65 Pen, Locatelli 79, Galloppa 82)

Balli made two brilliant saves from Maccarone before the former Boro striker gave Siena the lead from the spot after Adani fouled him in the box. The red card was harsh. Locatelli doubled Siena's lead with a fine individual goal. Collecting a pass from Maccarone he feigned to go to centre back Raggi's right before checking onto his left and whipped the ball past Balli as he dived to save. Locatelli played 22 year old midfielder Galloppa in between Empoli's centre backs to score his first Serie A goal.

Attendance : 8,000
Red Card : Adani 64 (Empoli)
Assists : Maccarone (won pen), Maccarone, Locatelli

TORINO 1 (Corini 88)

Attendance : 16,402
Red Card : Volpi 44 (Sampdoria)
Assist : Malonga

6 October 2007


Attendance : 11,000
Assist : n/a

INTER 2 (Cruz 20, 36)
NAPOLI 1 (Sosa 85)

Cruz started the attack which lead to the opening goal with a crossfield pass to Ibrahimovic, he lost possession as he tried to dribble past a defender but managed to recover and poke the ball forward to Cruz and he shot first time past Iezzo as the Napoli were distracted by Cesar who was standing in an offside position but not interfering with play. The Argentinean striker took a longball on his chest before blasting a left foot shot past Iezzo. He should have completed a first half hat-trick. Ibrahimovic kicked out at Napoli full back Contini in an incident missed by the ref. Suazo got a run out and missed an open goal. Sosa headed in a late consolation.

Attendance : 40,000
Assists : Ibrahimovic, Stankovic, Bogliacino