12 April 2009

UDINESE 2 (Floro Flores 85, Floro Flores 91)

Lanzaro sacked Floro Flores to concede a penalty. He talked himself into a second yellow after continuing his protests. Domizzi stepped up and missed the spot kick. Barilla was the second Reggina player to see red for an awful foul on Isla. Domizzi made up for his earlier mistake with a tremendous goal-line clearance. Floro Flores hit the woodwork while at the other end Handanovic pulled off a brilliant point blank save from Brienza. He followed that up with a soul destroying save from the Reggina striker's penalty. Floro Flores converted a Pasquale cross at the second time of asking and snared a loose ball in injury time to complete his brace.

Attendance : 11,000
Red Cards : Lanzaro 54 (Reggina), Barilla 62 (Reggina)
Assists : Pasquale, n/a

11 April 2009

BOLOGNA 1 (Marazzina 20)
SIENA 4 (Calaio 6, Portanova 11, Ghezzal 62, Kharja 82)

Calaio scored for the second consecutive week, tapping in a Maccarone centre. Portanova headed in a second from a corner despite Volpi's idiotic attempts to punch the ball off the line. Marazzina headed in a free kick before Siena lost Curci to injury. His replacement, Eleftheropoulos, was rarely troubled as the visitors continued to press forward in search of further goals. Siena's North African duo were once again impressive. Kharja drew a fine save from Antonioli in the first half and in the second skinned Britos, flicking the ball over the defenders head before slamming a shot against the outside of a post, Ghezzal tapped in the rebound. Kharja scored a fourth following a comedy of errors. Antonioli's jumped for a high ball and let it slip through his fingers, Ghezzal lobbed towards the empty net and in volleying clear Britos smashed the ball against team-mate Lanna and Kharja thumped home the rebound.

Attendance : 15,000
Assists : Maccarone, Galloppa (ck), Volpi (fk), n/a, n/a

MILAN 1 (Seedorf 53)

Attendance : 25,169
Red Card : Ancelotti 37 (Milan)
Assist : Inzaghi

FIORENTINA 2 (Pasqual 53, Vargas 85)
CAGLIARI 1 (Ragatzu 87)

Jovetic touched back a half clearance from a throw-in for the onrushing Pasqual to blast first time past Marchetti. Cagliari missed no less than four chances to equalise before Fiorentina suckered them on the break, Donadel's crossfield pass found Vargas free down the left where he beat an exposed Marchetti. 17 year old year Cagliari striker Daniele Ragatzu came off the bench to tap-in his first Serie A goal.

Attendance : 24,645
Red Cards : Agostini 66 (Cagliari), Canini 89 (Cagliari)
Assists : Jovetic, Donadel, Cossu

INTER 2 (Balotelli 15, Ibrahimovic 39 Pen)
PALERMO 2 (Cavani 73, Succi 76)

Balotelli headed in his fourth goal of the season from a Muntari cross. Kjaer floored Ibrahimovic to concede a penalty which Eurotrash converted to score his 20th goal of the season. Cassani's disguised pass split the Inter defence, releasing Cavani whose assured first time strike beat Toldo at his near post. Miccoli rescued an overhit cross and volleyed a centre across goal, Succi took advantage of slack marking by Maxwell to equalise.

Attendance : 50,000
Assists : Muntari, Ibrahimovic (won pen), Cassani, Miccoli

LAZIO 4 (Pandev 2, De Rossi 4 og, Lichtsteiner 58, Kolarov 85)
ROMA 2 (Mexes 10, De Rossi 80)

Lazio worked a short corner, Brocchi swung a cross over to the back post which Pandev met with a punching volley into the bottom right corner. Lazio's second would have been an incredible goal but for the fact Zarate's shot took a clear deflection off De Rossi. Roma equalised following a succession of corners, the first of which was brilliantly saved by Muslera. Mexes headed the second against a Lazio player and Mexes quickly turned and fired past Doni. Baptista headed against a post and Matuzalem's unbelievable goal-line clearance denied Brighi a certain equaliser.

Spalletti and Tare were sent off for arguing in the tunnel and when the teams re-emerged Lazio were back in the ascendancy. Matuzalem hit a Pandev centre straight at Doni then Lichtsteiner headed in a cross following excellent work by Foggia down the left. Panucci was shown a second yellow for butting heads with Lichtsteiner though the Swiss defender was equally culpable. Matuzalem and Mexes were also sent off after a heated argument. De Rossi's header got Roma within a goal but Kolarov slammed the door shut on hopes of a comeback with what was a poor shot, with Doni hopelessly out of position, on the end of a great solo run.

Attendance : 60,000
Red Cards : Spalletti 46 (Roma), Tare 46 (Lazio), Panucci 62 (Roma), Mexes 75 (Roma), Matuzalem 75 (Lazio)
Assists : Brocchi, n/a, n/a, Foggia, Pizarro (fk), Muslera

LECCE 1 (Caserta 59 Pen)
SAMPDORIA 3 (Pazzini 11, Cassano 30 Pen, Cassano 88 Pen)

Lecce's goalkeeper had already been called into action before Pazzini played their offside trap like a fiddle and blasted them into the lead. Giacomazzi should have been shown a red card for an absolutely disgraceful assault, for want of a better word, on Cassano. They went to ground when challenging for a ball and Giacomazzi racked his nails across Cassano's neck, drawing blood and a seven inch scar. The first of three penalties was awarded for handball. Referee Dondarini rewarded Papadopoulos' theatrics with a spot kick which Caserta struck with such force he almost tore a hole in the back of the net. Top marks for consistency though because Samp's second penalty was equally soft. In between the goals the disgraceful Giacomazzi was sent off for going through the back of Cassano. Given his earlier challenge, which was missed by the ref, he should be banned for the rest of the season.

Attendance : 12,200
Red Card : Giacomazzi 72 (Lecce)
Assists : Pieri, n/a, Papadopoulos (won pen), Pieri (won pen)


Attendance : 35,000
Assists : n/a

TORINO 2 (Bianchi 82, Natali 88)
CATANIA 1 (Martinez 85)

Bianchi began a rash of late goals with a lovely flick header. Martinez headed in the equaliser from Paolucci's corner. Natali scored about as unspectacular a volley as you're likely to see. He swung his right foot at Diana's cross and the ball travelled forward in slow motion, the bounce beating Bizzarri. Stovini's last man foul on Ventola earned him the eleventh red card of the weekend which must be a record.

Attendance : 18,000
Red Card : Stovini 93 (Atalanta)
Assists : Diana, Paolucci (ck), Diana

GENOA 3 (Motta 29, Motta 48, Palladino 88)
JUVENTUS 2 (Del Piero 45 Pen, Iaquinta 84)

Mesto's powerful run carried him inside the Juve box but he ran into traffic and lost possession however Motta was on hand to stab the loose ball past Buffon. Del Piero made the most of Ferrari's rash challenge to win a penalty and draw Juve level on half time. Juve were only level for three minutes because straight after the break Motta struck again, heading in Criscito's corner. Criscito is of course on loan from Juventus. Camoranesi was shown a straight red for what was at best a yellow card foul on Sculli. Buffon made an amazing save from the Genoa striker and was beaten on a corner shortly thereafter but the post came to his rescue. Iaquinta and Nedved exchanged passes in the Juve box before Iaquinta nonchalantly lobbed over Marchetti from close range. Not for the first time this season Juve came off second best in a five goal thriller. Olivera, formerly of Juventus, sent Rossi down the right flank on a counter attack and Palladino, another ex Juventino, tapped home the winner.

Attendance : 33,000
Red Card : Camoranesi 65 (Juventus)
Assists : Mesto, Del Piero (won pen), Criscito (ck), Nedved, Rossi