18 December 2011

CATANIA 2 (Lodi 32 fk, Maxi Lopez 61 Pen)

Given Palermo's away form there was always only likely to be one winner in the Sicilian derby. Dead ball specialist Lodi curled in a fantastic left footed free kick. Silvestre wrestled Maxi Lopez to the ground to concede the most blatant penalty of the season.

Lopez broke down in tears after he scored, fuelling speculation that he's off to Milan although his coach Montella suggested he cried because he knows he's staying!

Attendance : 7,265
Assists : Barrientos (won fk), Maxi Lopez (won pen)

INTER 1 (Ranocchia 63)

Attendance : 20,138
Assist : Maicon (fk)

GENOA 2 (Rossi 39, Pratto 85)
BOLOGNA 1 (Ramirez 51)

Eduardo played in Pratto with a reverse pass, he rounded Gillet and centred for Rossi to tap in. Di Vaio back healed a Diamanti free kick to Ramirez for the equaliser. Di Vaio hit the inside of a post, Crespo (not that one) and Jimenez also wasted great chances. Veloso touched on a cross and Pratto shot first time past Gillet. It was his first Serie A goal. Hard on Bologna who had more than enough chances to win.

Attendance : 19,278
Assists : Pratto, Di Vaio, Veloso

JUVENTUS 2 (Pepe 4, Quagliarella 75)

De Ceglie fired in a cross and Pepe threw himself at the ball to score his fourth goal of the season. In between the two goals Del Piero missed a hundred chances and at the other end Buffon made sure they didn't pay for it with some great saves. Quagliarella made the points safe with a bullet header from Pirlo's corner.

Attendance : 39,836
Assists : De Ceglie, Pirlo (ck)

PARMA 3 (Floccari 18 Pen, Pelle 86, Galloppa 93)
LECCE 3 (Di Michele 58, Di Michele 61, Cuadrado 77)

Biabiany went down theatrically in the box after carrying the ball 50 yards. Maybe he was tired. Di Michele equalised from a Brivio center then put Lecce a goal up with a spectacular overhead kick. Cuadrado's rasping left foot drive appeared to put Lecce out of sight but Parma hit back with two late goals. Lecce's reserve goalkeeper charged off his line to punch out of a cross and crashed into Floccari, Biabiany gave the ball to Pelle and he tapped into an empty net. Parma should have been awarded a second penalty for handball but from the resulting corner Galloppa smashed in the equaliser from the edge of the box. All this without Giovinco.

Attendance : 12,161
Assists : Biabiany (won pen), Brivio, Ferrario, Muriel, Pelle, n/a

LAZIO 2 (Lulic 43, Klose 51)
UDINESE 2 (Floro Flores 27, Pinzi 73)

Pinzi found Pasquale with a great first time pass and Floro Flores met his cross with a diving header. The Udinese defence back off as Lulic lined up a shot then crashed the ball into the bottom corner. Not the best way of dealing with a player known for his long distance shooting. Rocchi flicked on a Ledesma cross and Klose volleyed into the bottom corner. Klose should have made it 3-1 but shot straight at Handanovic when Hernanes sent him clear. Pinzi made no such mistake when he beat the Lazio offside trap and shot wide of 34 year old stand in goalkeeper Bizzarri.

Attendance : 30,000
Assists : Pasquale, Gonzalez, Rocchi, Di Natale

NAPOLI 1 (Hamsik 82)
ROMA 3 (De Sanctis 3 og, Osvaldo 59, Simplicio 90)

Lamela slalomed his way between two defenders before pulling back a center, Aronica almost turned the ball into his own net, De Sanctis did. Hamsik should have equalised when free at the back post but shanked his shot high over the bar. Lavezzi slammed a shot against the outside of the right post. Osvaldo did what he does best - miss from six yards and Lamela also hit the woodwork.

Totti flashed a low inswinging cross across the face of goal and Osvaldo got the jump on Campagnaro to tap in Roma's second. Hamsik briefly got Napoli back in the match but Simplicio killed off any hopes of a comeback with a shot that took a huge deflection off Cannavaro.

Napoli have beaten a host (apparently) of clubs to Eduardo Vargas' signature and it's true Cavani has gone off the boil but it's in defence that the club need reinforcements. They're 10 points off third place and are now behind even Inter.

Attendance : 35,000
Assists : n/a, Totti, Zuniga, n/a

17 December 2011

CHIEVO 2 (Thereau 35, Sardo 57)

Paloschi headed on a longball and Thereau held off a defender before bouncing a volley past Agazzi. Chievo's second was also a route one special. A long ball down the left found Thereau and he outran Biondini before overcooking his centre but Sardo arrived late and tapped the ball into the bottom left corner.

Attendance : 6,000
Assists : Paloschi, Thereau

MILAN 2 (Nocerino 54, Ibrahimovic 63 Pen)

Del Grosso had the best chance of the first half but Amelia rushed off his line as he chased after a deflection and did enough to make his misfire. Robinho touched back a corner and Nocerino's shot took a deflection wrong footing Brkic. Robinho played in Boateng on the counter attack, he could have easily rounded Brkic and tapped into an empty net but ran straight into him to win the penalty.

Attendance : 41,759
Assists : n/a, Boateng (won pen)

FIORENTINA 2 (Gilardino 9, Jovetic 88)
ATALANTA 2 (Masiello 81, Denis 85)

Gilardino turned in a glorious Vargas cross and the game was largely a none event until the last 10 minutes. Masiello caught the ball on the drop after Lazzari failed to get enough distance on a clearance and his shot went in via a deflection. Carmona clipped a ball inside two defenders, Schelotto ran between them before floating a low inswinging cross to the back post for Denis, 1-2. Jovetic, who has cut off his trademark perm, scored a brilliant equaliser. In attempting to clear a cross, Bonaventura kicked the ball against De Silvestre, it spun up off his arm and Jovetic, standing side one, leapt in air to score with a spectacular scissor kick.

Attendance : 15,812
Assists : Vargas, n/a, Schelotto, De Silvestre