8 January 2012

UDINESE 4 (Di Natale 1, Asamoah 54, Basta 75, Di Natale 82)
CESENA 1 (Eder 39)

Seconds after kick-off Isla found Floro Flores in space down the left and he ran clear of Cesena's offside trap before laying on a goal for Di Natale. Lauro's cross hit the woodwork, Ceccarelli's wayward header fell kindly to Eder and he smashed Cesena level. Antonioli undid his team-mates hard work when he let Asamoah's speculative effort squirm under his body. Minutes later Lauro tripped Armero to earn a second yellow. Basta turned onto a pass and let rip with a magnificent effort which arched over a posse of players before dipping inside the left post. More like a free kick than a shot. Antonioli was beaten on his left side again when Di Natale thumped in the fourth from the edge of the box.

Attendance : 13,000
Red Card : Lauro 61 (Cesena)
Assists : Floro Flores, Ceccarelli, Armero, Asamoah, Armero

MILAN 2 (Ibrahimovic 22 Pen, Boateng 82)

Manfredini chopped down Pato to concede the penalty. Ibrahimovic took a crossfield pass on his chest ran into the box and pulled back a centre which Boateng smashed in first time.

Attendance : 22,172
Assists : Pato (won pen), Ibrahimovic

BOLOGNA 2 (Cherubin 50, Di Vaio 91)

Cherubin headed in a fantastic Diamanti free kick. Vantaggiato flicked on a goal kick to Ramirez, he lobbed the ball over a square Catania defence who immediately appealed for offside as Di Vaio ran through and scored albeit at the second attempt.

Attendance : 14,572
Red Card : Biagianti 78 (Catania)
Assists : Diamanti (fk), n/a

CAGLIARI 3 (Larrivey 12 Pen, Ibarbo 56, Granqvist 72 og)

Cossu made the most of slight contact with Kukca to go over and win the penalty. Cossu released Ibarbo on the counter and he used his pace and power to hold off Seymour and lob over Frey. Moretti was sent off for tripping Ibarbo. Granqvist compounded Genoa's misery with an own goal. Cagliari could have scored 10.

Attendance : 6,000
Red Card : Moretti 66 (Genoa)
Assists : Cossu (won pen), Cossu, n/a

JUVENTUS 1 (Matri 27)

Attendance : 23,300
Assist : n/a

FIORENTINA 3 (Jovetic 20 Pen, Montolivo 42, Jovetic 49)

Centurioni floored Jovetic with a poorly timed sliding tackle. Montolivo scored a brilliant second, he checked inside a defender onto Vargas ball down the left and whipped a high shot over Ujkani. Ljajic made the third with a superb cross.

Attendance : 9,000
Assists : Jovetic (won pen), Vargas, Ljajic

ROMA 2 (Totti 34 Pen, Totti 78 Pen)

Before the match the Roma squad got together in a giant American football style huddle. Lamela was bumped over for the first penalty. After Totti converted he revealed a T-Shit which read 'Scusate Il Retardo' which unfortunately does not translate to 'Excuse me I'm Retarded' but 'Sorry for the delay'. The second penalty was awarded for handball.

Attendance : 38,050
Assists : Lamela (won pen), n/a

PALERMO 1 (Miccoli 89)
NAPOLI 3 (Pandev 35, Cavani 54, Hamsik 60)

Budan and Vasquez wasted 100% chances when clean through. Cavani released Gargano down the left and Pandev turned his marker before putting away the Uruguayan's centre. Cavani scored a second from absolutely nothing, from the edge of the D he whipped a shot inside the right post. Inler played in the overlapping Hamsik with a gorgeous reverse pass and he sidestepped Benussi as he dived at his feet before tapping into an empty net. Miccoli scored with a tremendous header.

Attendance : 22,110
Assists : Gargano, Hamsik, Inler, Balzaretti

7 January 2012

SIENA 4 (Destro 11, Calaio 35 Pen, Calaio 49 Pen, Destro 81)

Destro ran through on a quick counter and angled his shot into the bottom left corner. Stankevicius conceded the first of two penalties with a clumsy challenge on Brienza. In between the goals the awful Sculli missed two good chances. A longball sent Destro against Lulic and Stankevicius, he brushed aside Lulic and ran through Stankevicius, Bizzarri came off his line and dived in with a two footed tackle, sending the youngster to the turf, he got back on his feet as the ball bounced off a post and tapped in the rebound but the ref awarded a penalty and showed Bizzarri a red card. Destro scored the fourth with a great header but was denied the chance of a hat-trick by the stupid tradition Italian coaches have of substituting players on two goals late on in games.

Attendance : 10,270
Red Card : Bizzarri 47 (Lazio)
Assists : Rossettini, Brienza (won pen), Destro (won pen), Del Grosso

INTER 5 (Milito 13, Motta 18, Milito 41, Pazzini 56, Faraoni 79)

Milito volleyed in a fantastic Alvarez cross. Motta ran onto a deflected shot and from the edge of the area drilled a left foot shot inside a post. Milito played a ball out wide to Maicon, ran into the box and met Brazilian's cross with a bullet header. Milito sent a midfielder on his arse with a lovely nutmeg then slipped in Pazzini with a brilliant pass inside two defenders and Pazzini lobbed first time over Mirante. 20 year old full-back Marco Faraoni struck through a clearance on the half volley and the ball flew over the defence before bouncing in off the underside of the crossbar.

Despite the scoreline Parma created and wasted numerous chances. Inter's most emphatic victory since the Mourinho era.

Attendance : 37,326
Assists : Alvarez, n/a, Maicon, Milito, n/a