Here is a round up of this week’s games in Serie A.
None of Serie A’s top five managed a win this week, with Roma’s demolition of Inter the pick of the action.
Luis Enrique’s side easily overcame a lacklustre Inter, Brazilian defender Juan opened the scoring inside the first fifteen minutes. This came before the promising youngster Fabio Borini bagged a brace for the Giallrossi, the under-21 international putting his case forward to be in Cesare Prandelli’s Euro 2012 squad. Bojan added a fourth a minute from time, Roma now just two points behind Inter in fifth with a game in hand.
Elsewhere, AC Milan played out a goalless draw with Napoli. Edinson Cavani and Robinho both missed good chances to win the game. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was dismissed just after the hour for slapping Salvatore Aronica, the Swede could face a three game ban for this, potentially missing key games against Udinese and Juventus.
Juventus were also held by Siena, this being their ninth draw of the season. Still, Antonio Conte’s side remain unbeaten this season. A resilient and organised Sienna side thoroughly deserving of their point today.
Genoa continued their ascent up the table, beating Lazio 3-2 in an exciting affair. Rodrigo Palacio opened the scoring with a wonderful flick from a Bosko Jankovic corner in the tenth minute. Jankovic extended Genoa’s lead either side of half-time, and at 3-0 the Rossoblue were cruising. A Cristian Ledesma penalty and a late consolation from Alvaro Gonzalez were not enough for Lazio this time.
Fiorentina moved into the top half beating third-placed Udinese in another game full of goals. 34 year old Antonio Di Natale opened the scoring with his sixteenth league goal of the season. Stevan Jovetic scored from the penalty spot to ensure things were all square heading into the break. Mattia Cassani put the Viola ahead eleven minutes after the restart, before Jovetic sealed the win six minutes from time. There was still time for Udinese to get another however, Gabriel Torje scoring in the 89th minute.
Palermo emerged 2-1 victors over ten man Atalanta. Andrea Consigli was sent off for a professional foul just before the half hour, Fabrizio Miccoli converted the resulting spot-kick. Igor Budan made it three in three shortly after half-time, the Croatian scrambling it in after two fantastic saves from substitute keeper Giorgio Frezzolini. Maximiliano Moralez gave Atalanta some hope seven minutes later, but Palermo won the game comfortably in the end. Atalanta just beginning to struggle on their return to Serie A.
Meanwhile, in the battle to avoid relegation, Novara and Lecce both gained a point with 0-0 draws against Cagliari and Bologna respectively.
Parma moved level on points with Chievo, Sebastian Giovinco and a Luciano own goal earned the Crociati a 2-1 win at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi. Cyril Thereau was on the scoresheet for Chievo.
Cesena’s home tie against Catania was postponed on Saturday due to heavy snow, with a new date yet to be arranged.
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