13 January 2013

TORINO 3 (Brighi 5, Bianchi 38, Cerci 46)
SIENA 2 (Reginaldo 32, Paolucci 75)

Brighi slammed Torino into a fifth minute leader from Ambrosio's centre. Reginaldo scored a fortuitous equaliser from a corner, completely miss hitting the ball with an attempted volley which went in off his knee. Bianchi restored Torino's lead with a muscular header. A brilliant counter attack in the last minute of the first half put Torino 3-1 up. D'Ambrosio whacked a ball downfield and Cerci ran between two centrebacks, rounded Pegolo and tapped into an empty net. Brilliant goal. Reginaldo played in Paolucci with a clever back heel and he nutmegged Gillet. Rosina had a chance to steal a point in the 89th minute from the penalty spot after a massive, massive dive by Della Rocca but he shot wide of the left post.

Attendance : 10,000
Assists : D'Ambrosio, Paci (ck), Birsa, D'Ambrosio, Reginaldo

CAGLIARI 2 (Sau 55, Conti 82)
GENOA 1 (Pisano 48)

Pisano headed Genoa into the lead from a corner. Sau scored for the third successive game with a angled drive into the right corner. Conti headed in the winner from Avelar's free kick as Cagliari leapfrogged Genoa sending them into the relegation zone. Seymour was sent off for hacking at Ibarbo.

Attendance : 10,000
Red Card : Seymour 83 (Genoa)
Assists : Bertolacci, Nainggolan, Avelar (ck)

CATANIA 1 (Gomez 61)

Attendance : 13,614
Assist : Bergessio

LAZIO 2 (Floccari 67, Brivio 77 og)

Floccari scored against one of his many former clubs after using his arm to control the ball as it rebounded off the crossbar. Brivio met Biava's cross with a diving header as Lazio, remarkably, moved to within three points of Juventus.

Attendance : 30,000
Red Card : Carmona 83 (Atalanta)
Assists : n/a, n/a

NAPOLI 3 (Maggio 30, Inler 34, Insigne 73)

Napoli continued their good start to the year with another comfortable victory. Maggio headed in a Hamsik cross and four minutes Inler unloaded with one his thunderous left foot rockets. Insigne, fresh from a role as an extra in The Hobbit, smashed in the third after great work by Inler down the right.

Attendance : 36,000
Assists : Hamsik, Hamsik, Inler

PARMA 1 (Sansone 77)
JUVENTUS 1 (Pirlo 51)

Pirlo scored with a deflected free kick but for the second successive game Juve conceded a goal down their weakened left flank (since Chiellini's injury) as Sansone ran past Caceres to steer Paletta's pass wide of Buffon.

Chiellini has been a much bigger loss than anyone expected. He should be back for the second leg against Celtic. Juve won't go much further in the Champions League without him as they don't have the firepower at the other end to cancel out mistakes. Lisandro Lopez is their latest idea. He was a good player but he's old and he's slow and he's not prolific so I'm not sure what he will add.

Attendance : 19,277
Assists : n/a, Paletta

UDINESE 3 (Di Natale 47 Pen, Di Natale 66, Muriel 67)
FIORENTINA 1 (Brkic 20 og)

Rodriguez headed a Valero free kick against the underside of the crossbar and the ball hit the back of Brkic's head and bounced in. Domizzi won the penalty with a massive dive. Di Natale beat Fiorentina's offside trap and nutmegged Neto to give Udinese the lead and the Brazilian goalkeeper fumbled a tame Muriel shot to send Fiorentina to a second successive defeat.

Attendance : 17,000
Assists : n/a, Domizzi (won pen), Lazzari, Lazzari


Attendance : 25, 544
Assists : n/a

12 January 2013

BOLOGNA 4 (Kone 13, Gilardino 44, Gilardino 59, Gabbiadini 89)

Kone headed Bologna into the lead from Diamanti corner. Gilardino beat Chievo's offside trap before lobbing over Sorrentino and scrambled in his second from a corner. Gabbiadini scored with a terribly weak shot that crept past the poorly positioned Sorrentino.

Attendance : 20,155
Assists : Diamanti (ck), Perez, n/a, Pazienza

INTER 2 (Palacio 30, Guarin 54)

Palacio was standing on the edge of the D as he received a Cassano pass, he took the pace off the ball with a mid-air back heel, turned and shoot into the bottom right corner. Brilliant goal. Palacio side-stepped a sliding tackle before laying on a goal for Guarin.

Attendance : 39,118
Assists : Cassano, Palacio