30 January 2012

FIORENTINA 2 (Jovetic 4, Natali 63)
SIENA 1 (Calaio 89 Pen)

Jovetic turned onto a pass from a throw in and shot through the legs of a defender past Pegolo. Amauri looked to have scored on his debut but replays showed Natali beat him to a cross to head in Fiorentina's second from a Montolivo free kick. Calaio converted a late penalty for handball.

Attendance : 16,784
Assists : Pasqual, Montolivo (fk), n/a

ATALANTA 1 (Marco Rossi 76 og)

Attendance : 15,315
Red Card : Denis 79 (Atalanta)
Assist : n/a

LAZIO 3 (Hernanes 20, Klose 88, Klose 89)

Hernanes scrambled in the first after a mass of Chievo defenders converged on Lulic and struggled to clear. Klose combined with Cisse, who was expected to leave Lazio during this transfer window, to score the second. Less than a minute later he sold a defender a dummy and from the edge of the box struck a slow motion shot which crept past Sorrentino.

Attendance : 11,000
Assists : n/a, Cisse, Gonzalez

GENOA 3 (Palacio 31, Gilardino 36, Palacio 69)
NAPOLI 2 (Cavani 81, Lavezzi 82)

Gilardino headed down a cross and from 30 yards out wide left Palacio hit a fantastic half volley into the top right corner. Gilardino headed in his first Genoa goal from Sculli's cross. All three combined for the third. Hugging the left touchline Sculli knocked a cross infield to Gilardino, he played in Palacio on the overlap and from a silly angle he slammed the ball into the bottom left corner. Cavani headed in an outstanding Maggio cross and less than a minute later Lavezzi juggled a longball before shooting past Frey.

Palacio should be playing for a bigger club. Surprisingly this was only the 8th time Genoa have been involved in a five goal thriller in the last 2.5 seasons. It seems to happen every week.

Attendance : 20,000
Assists : Gilardino, Sculli, Gilardino, Maggio, Gargano

LECCE 1 (Giacomazzi 40)

Inter had two goals disallowed for offside and Benassi made several phenomenal saves, three in particular stood out - from Samuel and Pazzini (before Lecce's goal) and late on from Pazzini. Giacomazzi controlled a longball on his thigh and swivelled before firing past Julio Cesar.

I am of course writing a recap of this match to tell the idiots who claimed Inter were back in the title race I told you so. There are far too many so called Serie A experts with no sense of perspective.

Attendance : 14,000
Assist : Oddo

PALERMO 2 (Budan 41, Budan 72)

Miccoli curled in a cross with the outside of his right foot and Budan got above his marker to crash in a header. Budan's second was a carbon copy and with the cross Miccoli recorded his 8th assist and finally displaced Cassano on top of the assist charts.

Attendance : 16,224
Assists : Miccoli, Miccoli

ROMA 1 (Pjanic 62 fk)
BOLOGNA 1 (Di Vaio 57)

Juan headed a longball straight to Di Vaio who proved too quick for the Brazilian and beat Stekelenburg. Pjanic equalised with a superb right footed free kick.

Attendance : 34,073
Assists : n/a, Totti (won fk)

MILAN 3 (Ibrahimovic 32 fk, Nocerino 39, Ambrosini 75)

Ibrahimovic opened the scoring with a brilliant free kick. Ibrahimovic chested down a Mexes longball and Nocerino arrived to slam a first time shot into the bottom corner. Ambrosini came off the bench to score the third, in his 450th game for the club. He took a pass in his stride then with the outside of his right foot toe poked the ball inside the left post.

Attendance : 34,073
Assists : Ibrahimovic (won fk), Ibrahimovic, Emanuelson

29 January 2012

CATANIA 1 (Bergessio 33)
PARMA 1 (Modesto 43)

With his back to play Biagianti volleyed a cross between two defenders and Bergessio outpaced the Parma defence, rounded Pavarini and shot in from a tight angle. Modesto latched onto a clearance and his left foot bounced off the turf before trickling in off the right post.

Attendance : 11,000
Assists : Biagianti, n/a

JUVENTUS 2 (Matri 42, Matri 62)
UDINESE 1 (Floro Flores 56)

Matri, who wasted a fantastic counter attack with a heavy touch, tapped Juve into a half time lead after Quagliarella drew a save from Handanovic. Big game bottler Di Natale should have equalised but flashed a shot wide of the left post. Isla intercepted a Vidal hospital pass and countered, he passed wide to Floro Flores who calmly picked his spot, curling a shot beyond Buffon. Di Natale wasted another counter attack before Matri turned his marker and squeezed a shot inside the bottom right corner. Udinese heads dropped after the second goal and Juve comfortably ran out winners. A good game played in heavy snow.

Attendance : 39,625
Assists : n/a, Isla, Marchisio