11 April 2010

BOLOGNA 2 (Guana 12, Portanova 16)
LAZIO 3 (Mauri 44, Dias 63, Rocchi 68)

The home side got off to a fantastic start. Biava gave away the ball in his own box with a sloppy clearance, Modesto pulled back a centre and Guana hammered a right foot shot into the top left corner. Four minutes Portanova met Adailton's corner with a bullet header. Mauri was left unmarked in the centre of the box as Lazio attacked down their left, Mauri took a touch to control Kolarov's centre then blasted a left foot shot into the top right corner. Dias headed a Ledesma free kick off the top of the crossbar, Viviano jumped into Stendardo as he headed the rebound towards goal, Raggi's attempted clearance hit Dias in the midriff and bounced into an empty net - the Brazilian's first goal in Serie A. Four minutes later Brocchi backheeled a Zarate centre and Rocchi's miss-hit shot wrong footed Viviano.

Attendance : 20,954
Assists : Modesto, Adailton (ck), Kolarov, n/a, Brocchi

JUVENTUS 1 (Chiellini 35)

Attendance : 22,634
Assist : Amauri

UDINESE 2 (Sanchez 8, Di Natale 35)

Sanchez scored for the second time in a week, having only scored once in the previous 8 months. He pulled down an Isla longball, held off Pieri and his shot took a deflection off the defender over Rubinho. Di Natale tapped in Udinese's second with a textbook counter, he passed out wide to Pepe, ran into the box and converted the midfielder's centre.

Attendance : 2,000
Assists : n/a, Pepe

MILAN 2 (Borriello 47, Borriello 80)
CATANIA 2 (Maxi Lopez 12, Ricchiuti 43)

Red hot Maxi Lopez ran between the wretched Favalli and Thiago Silva onto Ricchiuti pass and angled a low shot wide of Dida. Mascara launched a counter attack after Huntelaar was fouled 25 yards from goal, Ricchiuti passed out wide to Maxi Lopez, by this time Milan had men back in numbers but no one picked up Ricchiuti as he ran into the box and headed in Lopez' cross. Borriello began the comeback with a close range header. Milan were fuming when they were denied another clear penalty, following one not called in the first half, punishment perhaps following new Calciopoli 'revelations'? Borriello equalised via a deflection ten minutes from time after a smart turn in the penalty box.

Leonardo has gained a lot of sympathy following Berlusconi's outspoken comments and while he can point to the desperate lack of quality in the Milan squad for the club's failure in Europe he has no such excuse for draws against Napoli, Lazio and Catania or the recent defeat to Parma.

Attendance : 47,124
Assists : Seedorf, n/a, Seedorf, n/a

PALERMO 3 (Pastore 28, Miccoli 39 (Pen), Miccoli 53
CHIEVO 1 (De Paula 18)

De Paula punished mistakes by Nocerino and Goian to give Chievo a shock lead. It didn't take long for a Palermo side that had been knocking on the door from the opening whistle to equalise, Pastore heading in a Liverani free kick. The Argentinean won a late first half penalty. After Miccoli converted he added a second with a typically explosive shot from the edge of the box.

Attendance : 25,917
Assists : n/a, Liverani (fk), Pastore (won pen), Liverani

ROMA 2 (Vucinic 12, Cassetti 27)
ATALANTA 1 (Tiribocchi 53)

Consigli fumbled a Vucinic shot and the ball trickled into the net. Roma's veterans combined to double their advantage. Totti crossed from the right and Cassetti threw himself at the ball to head in his second goal of the season. Riise made an unwelcome return to his Liverpool form with a bizarre and un-necessary interception which took the ball to Tiribocchi who finished with a gentle touch into a corner. Toni came off the bench and played like Euro 2008 Toni. Julio Sergio's excellent block from Tiribocchi ensured Roma didn't pay the price for his wasteful finishing.

Next up for Roma the mother of all Rome derbies against a Lazio side who have won three of their last four games.

Attendance : 53,000
Assists : De Rossi, Totti, n/a

SIENA 3 (Ghezzal 18, Ghezzal 62, Rosi 66)
BARI 2 (Rivas 13, Castillo 22)

Siena's offside trap gift wrapped the opening goal for Bari. Ghezzal scored a fantastic equaliser. Cutting in from the left he passed to Grosso, Grosso played a first time ball into Larrondo who flicked it up and Ghezzal smashed a volley inside the left post. Siena were only level for four minutes. This time Baretto centred from the left and Castillo scored at the second time of asking. Ghezzal's second was equally as good as his first, capitalising on a slip in defence the Algerian international hit a superb lob up and over Gillet inside the left post. Four minutes later Gillet made a brilliant low save from Del Grosso and fullback Rosi hooked in the rebound.

Attendance : 9,943
Assists : Baretto, Larrondo, n/a, n/a, n/a

SAMPDORIA 1 (Cassano 23)

Attendance : 35,712
Assist : Lucchini

10 April 2010

NAPOLI 2 (Quagliarella 3, Hamsik 78)
PARMA 3 (Antonelli 63, Lucarelli 68, Jimenez 87)

Quagliarella tapped in a Lavezzi centre. Crespo came on as a half time substitute and made the equaliser with a cutback from the by-line. Lucarelli put Napoli in front with a thumping header from a corner. Quagliarella touched back a Zuniga centre and Hamsik placed a first time shot into the bottom left corner. Quagliarella got a second yellow for dissent and his coach followed him a minute after Jimenez tapped in the winner from a rebound.

Attendance : 30,000
Red Cards : Quagliarella 86 (Napoli), Mazzarri 88 (Napoli)
Assists : Lavezzi, Crespo, Zenoni (ck), Quagliarella, n/a

FIORENTINA 2 (Keirrison 11, Kroldrup 82)
INTER 2 (Milito 74, Eto'o 80)

In a brilliant opening 10 minutes Frey was forced to make two saves and Milito headed against a post. Montolivo sold Zanetti with a drag back as the Inter captain ran out of defence, Montolivo released the overlapping Comotto and Keirrison shot first time past Julio Cesar. Inter's equaliser was a carbon copy and they went in front six minutes later after a blistering Sneijder lead counter when defending a Fiorentina corner. Eto'o checked his run as Balotelli made a run out wide, Sneijder passed to Balotelli, he whipped in a low cross and Eto'o jumped in the air and volleyed past Frey. Brilliant goal. Incredibly the lead only last two minutes. Inter conceded a corner, Balotelli's headed clearance hit a Fiorentina defender and Kroldrup smashed the ball in off Zanetti.

Mourinho accused one of the linesman of celebrating a Fiorentina goal. Not sure what he was talking about as Italian TV didn't show anything.

Next up for Inter - Juventus at the San Siro, four days before they face Barcelona in the Champions League.

Attendance : 36,981
Assists : Comotto, Eto'o, Balotelli, n/a