31 January 2010

CAGLIARI 2 (Lazzari 36, Astori 46)
FIORENTINA 2 (Marchionni 8, Jovetic 63)

Jovetic was back in the Fiorentina starting line-up and Marchionni turned in his deflected cross to give the visitors an early lead. Cagliari lost Marchetti to a muscle injury which gave 19 year old Vigorito an unexpected debut. Lazzari blasting an underhit backpass into the roof of the net. On-loan Astori, a ready made solution to Milan's defensive problems, scored his first Serie A goal with a header from Cossu's corner. Assist machine Cossu kicked out at Montolivo after he lost possession to earn an early bath. Marchionni pulled back a centre for Jovetic to equalise.

Jovetic held up a shirt in support of Mutu after scoring. Mutu now claims the diet pills he was taking didn't list the banned substance sibutramine on the label. If Chelsea followed the lead of clubs like Arsenal and gave Mutu professional help when his problems surfaced back in 2004 maybe he wouldn't be in this mess. Hopefully he's in the clear.

Attendance : 15,000
Red Card : Cossu 51 (Cagliari)
Assists : n/a, n/a, Cossu (ck), Marchionni

CATANIA 1 (Biagianti 80)
UDINESE 1 (Floro Flores 32)

Isla swung in a cross from the left and Floro Flores leapt above a static defence to head past Andujar. Morimoto, once again on as a substitute, played in Biagianti for the equaliser, the midfielder beat Handanovic with a low shot.

Attendance : 13,321
Assists : Isla, Morimoto

CHIEVO 1 (Pellissier 49)
BOLOGNA 1 (Di Vaio 11)

Modesto's beautifully weighted volleyed pass to Di Vaio drew Colombo off his line but Di Vaio, who is deceptively quick over six years beat him to the punch and poked into the net. Mantovani held off two defenders and crossed to the back post and Pellissier arrived to volley past Sorrentino.

Attendance : 8,913
Assists : Modesto, Mantovani

MILAN 1 (Ambrosini 44)
LIVORNO 1 (Lucarelli 53)

Benussi, under pressure from Seedorf who blocked his run, flapped at a Beckham cross and Ambrosini steered in the loose ball. Livorno equalised following a mistake by the wretched Favalli, he sliced a clearance straight to Bellucci and Lucarelli re-directed his shot past Abbiati.

Attendance : 34,998
Assists : n/a, Bellucci

ROMA 2 (Riise 29, Okaka 88)
SIENA 1 (Vergassola 41)

Roma created half a dozen goalscoring chances before taking the lead through man of the moment Riise. Perrotta flicked on a cross and Riise cut through the ball to send a low shot curling into the bottom right corner. Siena equalised with their second shot on target, after Julio Sergio parried their first. Fulham bound Okaka signed off with a magnificent goal. Another of Roma's fringe players, Romanian Adrian Pit, centred from the left, Okaka turned side on to the ball and back-heeled as he spun round to see the ball hit the back of the net.

Attendance : 30,000
Assists : Perrotta, n/a, Pit

SAMPDORIA 2 (Palombo 36, Pazzini 46)

Palombo ran onto a loose ball and caught it on the bounce, hitting a brilliant low shot into the bottom left corner. Bellini challenged Semioli for a 50-50 ball, Semioli slid in and got a touch, quickly got to his feet and drilled a cross into the box which Pazzini met with a super first time volley at the near post, something of a specialty.

Cassano-less Sampdoria recorded a second consecutive win after he was left out ahead of a move to Fiorentina, which broke down at the last minute.

Attendance : 22,000
Assists : n/a, Semioli

JUVENTUS 1 (Del Piero 70 Pen)
LAZIO 1 (Mauri 78)

Juve took the lead following a ridiculous penalty decision. Diakhate touched Del Piero as he chased down Amauri's flick on, Del Piero ignored the contact and attempted a scissor kick but was way off target then the ref pointed to the spot. A rash of substitutions followed then Lazio equalised. Zarate re-crossed a ball after Amauri cleared a free kick and Mauri lost his marker to volley past Manninger. Mauri was injured in the celebrations that followed. Barone ran up and jumped on his back, forcing a clash of heads between Mauri and Rocchi. I'm surprised it doesn't happen more often. After a delay Mauri continued with strapping on his head. Terrible game.

Attendance : 20,000
Assists : Del Piero (won pen), Zarate

30 January 2010

BARI 4 (Bonucci 5, Alvarez 7, Barreto 62 Pen, Koman 85)
PALERMO 2 (Cavani 28, Pastore 54)

Bonucci volleyed Bari into the lead from a deflected cross. Allegretti caught Liverani napping in midfield and sent Alvarez away on the counter and for once his first touch didn't fail him as he cut inside and shot over Amelia. Cavani turned in a centre and Pastore scored a brilliant equaliser early in the second half. He turned two defenders before thumping a right foot shot inside the bottom left corner. With Palermo in the ascendancy Liverani blew his teams chances of claiming a victory when he stamped down on Castillo's knee to earn a second yellow, it should have been a straight red. More indiscipline allowed Bari to restore their lead. Melinte jumped into a tackle and floored Masiello in the box. Barreto converted to score his 11th goal of the second. Alvarez knocked a ball past Melinte and brushed him aside as he charged up the right wing, Barreto backheeled his centre and Koman's first time shot found the bottom right corner.

It was typical of Palermo to follow up a superb victory (3-0 vs Fiorentina) with a loss. It looks like Pastore is slowly getting to grips with Serie A.

Attendance : 19,000
Red Card : Liverani 56 (Palermo)
Assists : n/a, Allegretti, Balzaretti, Migliaccio, Masiello (won pen), Barreto


Attendance : 60,000
Assists : n/a