22 January 2012


Attendance : 19,000
Assists : n/a


Attendance : 6,000
Assists : n/a

LECCE 2 (Esposito 30, Di Michele 93)
CHIEVO 2 (Paloschi 3, Paloschi 24)

Two Lecce defenders ran into each other in a Keystone Cops style moment (I realise many people out there won't even know what that means anymore) and Paloschi fired the rebound into the roof of the net. As Esposito tackled a Lecce player on the edge of the box the ball spun in the air and Paloschi volleyed over Benassi as he came off his line. Esposito made amends when he headed in Olivera's fabulous inswinging corner. Chievo threw away the points in injury time when they failed to pick up Di Michele who arrived at the back post to turn in a cross.

Attendance : 6,500
Assists : n/a, n/a, Olivera (ck), Pasquato

MILAN 3 (Ibrahimovic 57, Robinho 68, Ibrahimovic 90)

Ibrahimovic juggled an Ambrosini cross off his right thigh before volleying past Ujkani. In trying to control a cross Nocerino handled the ball, El Shaarawy miscued his center and Robinho arrived at the back post to end his goal drought. Ibrahimovic scored an outrageous third. Ujkani punched out an El Shaarawy cross and the giant Swede, side on to goal, nonchalantly flicked the ball into the empty net.

Attendance : 17,000
Assists : Ambrosini, n/a, n/a

PALERMO 5 (Budan 27, Silvestre 37, Mantovani 42, Miccoli 70, Migliaccio 79)
GENOA 3 (Palacio 14, Palacio 59 Pen, Jankovic 89)

Palacio tapped in a Gilardino cross to give Genoa the lead. Palermo coach Bortolo Mutti's job was on the line in this match but his players produced a rousing comeback. Budan headed in the equaliser from a Miccoli cross and Silvestre headed in the second from another left wing cross. Mantovani made it 3-1 at half-time when he slid home a Miccoli center. Palacio converted a penalty for handball. Miccoli, having laid on two goals, scored Palermo's fourth when he beat Genoa's offside trap. He completed a hat-trick of assists with the cross for Palermo's fifth - another header. Jankovic tapped in a late consolation goal after Palermo failed to clear a corner.

Attendance : 15,658
Assists : Gilardino, Miccoli, Ilicic, Miccoli, n/a, Budan, Miccoli (fk), n/a

SIENA 1 (Calaio 67)
NAPOLI 1 (Pandev 86)

Calaio failed to connect with a center, the ball came to Vergassola, he swung a cross the back post and Calaio got to his feet to power home a header. Siena should have been more than a goal to the good at this point. Lavezzi made the most of a stupid challenge to win a penalty but Pegolo denied Cavani with a brilliant save. Pandev headed in the equaliser from a Lavezzi cross. Too little, too late. Napoli won't be back in the Champions League for 2 seasons at least.

Attendance : 14,643
Assists : Vergassola, Lavezzi

UDINESE 2 (Izco 20 og, Di Natale 53)
CATANIA 1 (Lodi 95 Pen)

Udinese scored 4 seconds after defending a corner. They sprung a counter attack, Isla threaded a ball between two defenders and Armero beat them for pace before poking the ball past Campagnolo. Di Natale scored a fantastic second, a thundering left foot volley from Armero's cross. Lodi converted a late penalty.

Attendance : 13,000
Assists : Isla, Armero, Catellani (won pen)

INTER 2 (Milito 44, Pazzini 63)
LAZIO 1 (Rocchi 30)

Lucio tried to clear a longball but didn't get enough purchase, Rocchi pounced but hit the woodwork. Minutes later however he ran into a huge gap between Lucio and Samuel and finished with a shot into the bottom corner. Three of Inter's Argentinean's combined for the equaliser. Milito played Zanetti's pass into Alvarez, he returned it and Milito fired in off Marchetti - who should have saved. Lazio's offside trap failed to catch Pazzini and as Marchetti came off his line Pazzini dropped the ball over his head. Klose missed a sitter and Lazio were jobbed out of a penalty for handball in a poor second half which means Inter keep their delusions of a title challenge alive for a few more weeks.

Attendance : 57,893
Assists : Ledesma, Alvarez, Lucio

21 January 2012

ROMA 5 (Totti 1, Totti 8, Borini 8, Juan 62, Pjanic 70)
CESENA 1 (Eder 58)

Totti scored inside the first minute, around the 45 second mark, when he fired a first time shot through former team-mate Antonioli's legs. Lamela, who made the first with a back heal, lofted a ball over the Cesena defence and as they appealed for offside Totti slammed a volley into the bottom left corner. It was his 211th Serie A goal for Roma, breaking the legendary Gunnar Nordahl's record for most goals scored for one club (210 for Milan). Chelsea reject Borini arrived at the back post to tap in Roma's third seconds later.

Stekelenburg raced off his line to clear a cross but Eder kept his composure and lifted the ball over him before tapping into an empty net. Juan tapped in the fourth, punishing another mistake by Antonioli and he completed a truly miserably performance by punching a Pjanic effort straight back to him and this time he found the back of the net. One season too many for Antonioli.

Attendance : 32,341
Assists : Lamela, Lamela, Greco, Candreva, n/a, n/a

JUVENTUS 2 (Lichtsteiner 54, Giaccherini 82)

Lichtsteiner headed in a superb Pirlo cross at the back post. Giaccherini scored a beautiful second. Italy youth international Morrone flicked a Pirlo centre through the Atalanta defence and the former Cesena player caught the ball on the drop, volleying inside the left post.

Attendance : 21,000
Assists : Pirlo, Marrone