20 January 2013

FIORENTINA 1 (Roncaglia 33)
NAPOLI 1 (Cavani 41)

Roncaglia whacked a ball from the half way line into the Napoli box, De Sanctis came off his line and watched as the ball bounced over his head and into an empty net. No team will win Serie A with him in goal. Cavani headed in the equaliser from Hamsik's free kick.

Attendance : 29,466
Assists : n/a, Hamsik (fk)

ATALANTA 1 (Stendardo 57)
CAGLIARI 1 (Canini 2 og)

Canini scored an embarrassing own goal when he tripped over his own feet as he tried to clear a centre. Stendardo equalised with a superb flick header.

Attendance : 13,846
Red Card : Giorgi 79 (Atalanta)
Assists : n/a, Cigarini

CHIEVO 1 (Paloschi 56)
PARMA 1 (Belfodil 40)

Belfodil ran between two players before blasting Parma into the lead. Paloschi headed in the equaliser against his former club when Mirante ran off his line and got nowhere near Thereau's cross.

Attendance : 9,500
Assists : Sansone, Thereau

CATANIA 2 (Bergessio 4, Barrientos 86)

Gomez ran clear of the Genoa defence onto a longball and Bergessio tapped in his centre. Barrientos beat Frey from a tight angle almost certainly via a deflection and hours later Del Neri was given the boot.

Del Neri of course got Genoa's hated rivals Sampdoria into the Champions League at the expense of Palermo in one of the great tragedies of calcio.

Attendance : 16,000
Assists : Gomez, Izco

MILAN 2 (Pazzini 65, Pazzini 81)
BOLOGNA 1 (Mexes 84 og)

With his back to goal Pazzini controlled an Abate cross, Antonsson tried to tackle him, fell over and Pazzini's shot looped in off the defender. His second was a Zlatan - which is now officially a verb in Sweden! Again with his back to play he flicked up a cross and spun away from two defenders before lashing a half volley into the bottom left corner. Excellent goal. Mexes, which should also be a verb, demonstrated the complacency that has followed him throughout his career when put the ball into his own net under little pressure. Bologna however never threatened an equaliser as Milan reasserted control and almost score a third when El Shaarawy flashed a shot wide of a post. 18 year old Niang was excellent.

Attendance : 30,031
Assists : n/a, Boateng, n/a

TORINO 2 (Santana 4, Cerci 41)

Pescara's offside trap left Santana all alone in front of goal. Their offside trap gifted Torino a second. Cerci played a one-two with Meggiorini on the edge of the box and as Pescara hands went up for offside he tucked the ball into the bottom left corner. Weiss was shown a second yellow for diving.

Attendance : 12,000
Red Card : Weiss 82 (Pescara)
Assists : Cerci, Meggiorini

SIENA 1 (Bogdani 71)

Attendance : 7,961
Red Card : Iachini 94 (Siena C)
Assist : Sestu

ROMA 1 (Totti 22 Pen)
INTER 1 (Palacio 46)

A ridiculous non penalty gave Roma the lead. Bradley vaulted over Ranocchia in the box and the ref pointed to the spot. Guarin ran through some feeble tackles before pulling back a centre for the equaliser. An awful game and Roma have yet to win since returning from the winter break.

€5 million a year wages given his injury problems.

Attendance : 42,052
Assists : Bradley (won pen), Guarin

19 January 2013

PALERMO 2 (Rios 70, Dybala 71)
LAZIO 2 (Floccari 10, Hernanes 84 Pen)

Floccari gave Lazio a 10th minute lead with a looping header. The Lazio defence ball watched Rios turn in Dossena's centre at the back post. Miccoli cushioned an Ilicic cross into Dybala's path as Palermo hit the front with two goals in a minute. Floccari threw himself over Munoz's legs to win an ill deserved penalty and Hernanes got Lazio off the hook.

Attendance : 21,414
Assists : Ledesma, Dossena, Miccoli, Floccari (won pen)

JUVENTUS 4 (Pogba 41, Pogba 66, Vucinic 72, Matri 80)

A pathetic performance by Udinese especially as Juve were without Pirlo, Marchisio and Chiellini. Udinese held out until the 41st minute when Pogba got hold of a loose ball and sent a venomous left foot shot into the top left corner from 30 yards. Stunning goal. He turned away from a defender onto a Vidal pass and drilled a shot inside the left post. Padelli flapped at a weak Vucinic shot to concede the third and Matri beat the offside trap to score Juve's fourth.

Attendance : 36,556
Assists : n/a, Vidal, Vidal, Vucinic