6 January 2013

UDINESE 3 (Di Natale 63, Muriel 75, Di Natale 79)

Cambiasso, the Argentine Gareth Barry (thanks to Kenny Hassan for that one), was slow to a bouncing ball and Di Natale expertly steered a shot past former team-mate Handanovic. Jesus clipped Muriel to get a second yellow and Udinese's second goal was identical to their first. Cambiasso was again at fault and this time it was Muriel's turn to beat his former team-mate. Di Natale got between Samuel and Cambiasso to slide in Udinese's third.

If I'm not mistaken Udinese have become Inter's bogey side.

Attendance : 23,000
Red Card : Jesus 65 (Inter)
Assists : Lazzari, Basta, Lazzari

CHIEVO 1 (Cofie 37)

Attendance : 9,000
Assists : Thereau

PESCARA 2 (Jonathas 57, Celik 91)

This was one of the biggest robberies known to man. Pescara's 20 year old goalkeeper Mattia Perin, who has been linked with a move to Milan, had an incredible game and pulled off save after save after save - Fiorentina had 15 shots on goal and 70% of the possession. Jonathas leapt in traffic to head home a Weiss cross. Celik caught Roncaglia dithering on the ball in defence and raced through to score Pescara's second. Stone cold robbery.

Attendance : 23,795
Assists : Wiesse, n/a

GENOA 2 (Borriello 57, Borriello 73)

Borriello played a one-two with Immobile before sweeping a first time shot past Agliardi. Sorensen smacked a clearance against Antonelli and the ball rebounded to Borriello who dribbled past a defender in slow motion before finding the bottom corner.

A great result for Del Neri and another disappointing one for Pioli.

Attendance : 17,000
Red Card : Guarante 93 (Bologna)
Assists : Immobile, n/a

JUVENTUS 1 (Giovinco 24 Pen)
SAMPDORIA 2 (Icardi 52, Icardi 69)

Berardi clipped Vucinic to concede the penalty and when he followed that up with a red card six minutes later for jumping into Barzagli with a dangerous foul you would have bet your house on Juve taking all three points. Krsticic hit a longball to Icardi and although his half volley was straight at Buffon he did his annual beaten by a lame shot routine. The much sought after Obiang found Icardi in space on the right side of the box, Buffon closed the angle at his near post so the youngster lashed a ridiculous shot into the roof of the net and for once Juve didn't mount anything approaching their trademark comeback.

Conte's first league defeat as Juventus coach - Alessio was in charge for the Milan and Inter losses. Juve will still win the scudetto at a canter due to the deficiencies of others but there's a reason they're desperate for a crack centre forward and should also be looking at a post Pirlo game plan.

Attendance : 40,000
Red Card : Berardi 32 (Sampdoria)
Assists : Vucinic (won pen), Krsticic, Obiang

MILAN 2 (Bojan 67, Pazzini 80 Pen)
SIENA 1 (Paolucci 87)

Bojan broke the deadlock with a near post header! Pazzini dived to win the penalty. Paolucci got above emergence centre back De Sciglio to head in Siena's goal.

Attendance : 30,404
Assists : Boateng, Pazzini (won pen), Angelo

PARMA 2 (Belfodil 63, Amauri 93)
PALERMO 1 (Budan 85)

Belfodil turned in a corner at the back post. Budan equalised with a bullet header from an outstanding Morganella cross. Belfodil swung a cross into a crowded penalty area, Amuari managed to fire off a shot via a deflection, which took the sting out it but Benussi failed to hold.

Attendance : 10,659
Assists : Santacroce, Morganella, n/a

NAPOLI 4 (Cavani 4, Cavani 48, Cavani 70, Maggio 90)
ROMA 1 (Osvaldo 73)

Inler bypassed the Roma midfield with a lovely disguised pass, as a defender ran to close him down Pandev played the ball into the gap he left and Cavani stabbed the ball over Goicoechea as he came off his line. He should have saved it. Destro wasted two great chances to equalise. Balzaretti tried to cut out a cross but sliced the ball to Cavani who turned on a sixpence to score in his 15th of the season. Osvaldo replaced the awful Destro and gave some much needed focus to the Roma attack. He forced a save from De Sanctis but with the goal at his mercy Bradley dragged his shot wide. Minutes later Cavani completed his hat-trick from ? corner. Osvaldo screwed the ball past De Sanctis from a tight angle. Pjanic was sent off for a poorly timed sliding tackle on Dzemaili who quickly, commendably, sprang to his feet. Bradley wasted another great chance, heading Balzaretti's cross wide. A great crossfield pass released Maggio and he scored at the second attempt after Goicoechea saved at his feet.

Attendance : 50,000
Red Card : Pjanic 74 (Roma)
Assists : Pandev, n/a, Pandev (ck), Pjanic, n/a

5 January 2013


Attendance : 12,548
Red Cards : Lodi 13 (Catania), Maran 84 (Catania C)
Assists : n/a

LAZIO 2 (Konko 79, Candreva 86 Pen)
CAGLIARI 1 (Sau 61)

Sau slalomed his way in between the Lazio defence before catching Marchetti by surprise with a low drive which looked to have taken a deflection en route to the bottom left corner. Biava got a terrible connection on a corner but the ball spun up and Konko was first to react. Agazzi flattened Klose as he chased down a longball to earn himself a red card and Lazio the match winning penalty.

Attendance : 30,000
Red Cards : Pulga 32 (Cagliari C), Agazzi 84 (Cagliari)
Assists : Avelar, Biava, Klose (won pen)