Serie A

Serie A – Week 6 Round Up

Alessio Cerci, Antonio Di Natale, Bologna, Cagliari, Cesena, Christian Maggio, Claudio Ranieri, Edinson Cavani, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Fiorentina, Francesco Totti, Genoa, German Denis, Giampaolo Pazzini, Hugo Campagnaro, Inter, Juan Vargas, Julio Cesar, Juventus, Lazio, Lecce, Marek Hamsik, Mehdi Benatia, Milan, Miralem Pjanic, Miroslav Klose, Napoli, Nicola Legrottaglie, Novara, Pablo Osvaldo, Palermo, Parma, Rodrigo Palacio, Roma, Sebastian Giovinco, Sergio Floccari, Sergio Pellissier, Serie A, Takayuki Morimoto, Udinese

Sunday, October 2 2011

Cesena v Chievo

It was a dull and uninspiring afternoon at Cesena, as they and Chievo played out a scoreless draw.

The result ensured the hosts of their first point of what has been a very disappointing season, despite impressing on a number of occasions last term, on their return to the topflight.

The Flying Donkeys were expected to make light work of their opponents in this one, however managed to maintain their five game unbeaten run in the league.

Sergio Pellissier and Davide Moscardelli were unable to replicate their heroics in recent weeks, as Nicole Ravaglia held firm in between the sticks for Cesena lead his side to their first result of the campaign.

Cesena 0-0 Chievo

Fiorentina v Lazio

Fiorentina and Lazio have played out a number of thrilling encounters in recent years, and this was no different, as the Aquile picked up a crucial three points.

La Viola took just eight minutes to break the deadlock, as Juan Vargas’ storming run down the left, was capped off with a wonderful ball across the face of goal and a calm finish by Alessio Cerci past Federico Marchetti.

The goal sparked the visitors into life however, as Hernanes ensured the two teams would be level at the break with a strike on the half hour mark, after making light work of Lorenzo De Silvestri.

As both teams pressed for a winner, it was the Romans that got their reward, with a late goal through Miroslav Klose to cap off a great comeback.

Fiorentina 1-2 Lazio

Lecce v Cagliari

It was a routine victory for Cagliari at the Via del Mare in Lecce, which helped to consolidate their spot in the top four at this early stage of the season.

The Sardinians went ahead on 10 minutes, when Thiago Ribeiro continued his impressive run of form, with a cool finish after narrowly beating an opponent to a lose ball.

The hosts have struggled desperately for goals this season, and it was a similar story in this one, as they failed to create anything of any significance in their attacking third.

To their credit, the visitors made it two on 40 minutes, as Davide Biondini was quick to get on the end of a Alessandro Agostini cross, to smash home a second, and the killer blow for Cagliari, as the game was all but over from there.

Lecce 0-2 Cagliari

Palermo v Siena

It was an entertaining affair in Sicily, as Palermo maintained their perfect record at home against newly promoted Siena.

The Sicilians have been surprisingly consistent under new coach Devis Mangia, and on 19 minutes they made the start they were after, as makeshift defender Giulio Migliaccio nodded past the keeper to make it 1-0.

This is how it remained in the first half, however the visitors began to build some momentum in the second period, particularly when the Rosanero were reduced to 10 men, following the dismissal of Federico Balzaretti for a deliberate handball.

Siena were unable to make the numerical advantage count, and had a man of their own sent off at the death, as Palermo won a late penalty, which Abel Hernendez coolly slotted away, to cap off a great individual game.

Palermo 2-0 Siena

Parma v Genoa

Genoa were on the receiving end of a second consecutive defeat, at the hands of Parma who were inspired yet again by Sebastian Giovinco.

The former Juventus attacker was on fire in the first half, linking up with Sergio Floccari for his side’s first, before sending the keeper the wrong way from the penalty spot on 42 minutes, to hand his side a two goal lead at the break.

Five minutes into the second half and Giovinco was at it yet again, playing in Stefano Morrone, who was able to tap in Parma’s third and confirm a resounding win.

The visitors did manage a very late consolation, as Rodrigo Palacio scored from the spot with the final kick of the game, to continue his red hot goal scoring form this season.

Parma 3-1 Genoa

Udinese v Bologna

Udinese are top of Serie A, after yet another win, this time over Bologna at the Friuli stadium.

The Bianconeri are unbeaten in five games, have conceded just one goal, and lead the way by one point over a trio of opponents, and made their intentions clear in this one right from the onset, attacking with promise and real purpose.

It took them 29 minutes to find a way through, as Mehdi Benatia connected with a corner to deservedly take the lead for his side.

Bologna have looked a shadow of the side that at times threatened for a mid-table finish last term, and lost any chance of taking at least a point away from this one when Diego Lopez pulled down Antonio Di Natale in the area, with the captain making no mistake from the spot to round out the victory.

Udinese 1-0 Bologna

Novara v Catania

Novara and Catania played out a thrilling draw, on the hosts’ synthetic pitch, to kick start the Sunday fixtures.

The newcomers were playing their second game at home for the season, and were full of confidence on the back of their 3-1 triumph over Inter last time out, however it was the visitors who would take the early lead, as former Juventus and Milan defender Nicola Legrottaglie opened the scoring with a header.

That’s how it remained for the half, however after just four second half minutes, Novara were awarded a penalty that Marco Rigoni dispatched to restore parity, only for Francesco Lodi to retake the lead for the Sicilians seven minutes later with a wonderful free kick.

There was to be another significant twist however, as Takayuki Morimoto scored against his former club to equalise for the hosts, whilst former Cagliari striker Jeda smashed home a third for Novara five minutes from time to cap off what looked to be a memorable comeback.

However deep into injury time, Alejandro Gomez popped up with a late equaliser for Catania, who in the end were deservedly rewarded with a point after controlling so much of the game.

Novara 3-3 Catania

Saturday, October 1 2011

Inter v Napoli

What was expected to be one of the matches of the season to this point, failed to live up to expectations as Napoli embarrassed Inter at the San Siro, to extend their dismal start to the campaign.

The Azzurri were without star man Edinson Cavani through injury, whilst the hosts welcomed back Giampaolo Pazzini, who was expected to miss the clash after picking up a knock midweek.

Nevertheless, the Nerazzurri were the better team early, and thought they had taken the lead midway through the opening period, when Pazzini tapped home from close range, only to correctly be adjudged to be in an offside position.

Things took a turn in the wrong direction for Claudio Ranieri’s men in the closing stages of the half, as Obi pulled down Christian Maggio in the area, resulting in the Inter man picking up his second yellow card of the night, as well as Ranieri himself, who was sent to the stands for his protest.

Marek Hamsik stepped up to take the spot kick, and despite having his effort saved by Julio Cesar, defender Hugo Campagnaro was quick to follow it up to hand his side a 1-0 lead at the break.

It was much of a similar story in the second period, as the Partenopei were in full control, and doubled their lead through Christian Maggio before the hour mark, a strike that effectively put the game to bed.

Hamsik was rewarded for an impressive individual performance with his side’s third on 75 minutes, after being played in expertly by Ezequiel Lavezzi, to ensure that Inter remain winless and scoreless in their three matches at home in all competitions this season.

Inter 0-3 Napoli

Roma v Atalanta

In one of the most intriguing fixtures of the round, Roma were too good for the previously undefeated Atalanta, a team that incredibly would have been top of Serie A, had they not been docked six points for their involvement in the recent Italian football betting scandal.

The Giallorossi were outplayed in the early stages, however a moment of class from new signing Bojan Krkic, resulted in the hosts taking a surprise lead on 20 minutes, as the former Barcelona man notched his first goal for the club.

As their confidence began to mount, Pablo Osvaldo made it two just after the half hour mark, with a fine touch and finish, to put his side in a commanding position at the half time break.

Francesco Totti somehow failed to score a glorious third for the Romans, as his precise effort from a corner kick trickled on the line, which proved costly, as moments later German Denis scored his fourth for the season to renew hope in the Bergamaschi.

Roma were in full control though, and a brilliant one-two between Miralem Pjanic and Fabio Simplicio was capped off exceptionally well by the Brazilian on 81 minutes, knocking home the final goal of the match.

The triumph means that the Giallorossi go fourth for the time being, and record a vital second consecutive victory.

Roma 3-1 Atalanta

Adrian Del Monte for ForzaItalianFootball.com

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