Serie A action round-up – Week 1

The new Serie A season kicked off in Bologna at the Stadio Dall’Ara where Fiorentina were the visitors. Less than half an hour into the first half and Paolo Osvaldo exposed the Viola’s poor defending as he jumped for a free header to put the Rossoblu in the lead. Fiorentina responded with a fabulous strike from Adrian Mutu but there was no further break through and the game finished in a tie. The evening kick off in Siena proved a test for Milan. Injuries had weakened the Rossoneri – but this was not evident as Ronaldinho set up Alexandre Pato to make it 1-0. The Robur did draw level through Abdoul Ghezzal but it was the same Brazilian duo that made it 2-1 – giving Milan a deserved victory.

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Sunday’s only afternoon kickoff was at the Giuseppe Meazza, and was the shock game of the weekend – new boys Bari managed to pull of a 1-1 draw with champions Inter. Samuel Eto’o had put the home side ahead on 56 minutes with a penalty, however, Bari wanted to spoil the party and with only a quarter of an our left to play Vitali Kutuzov beat Julio Cesar from 10 yards sending the Inter supporters into shock.

The picture was completed on Sunday evening. Sampdoria traveled to Catania and it took them eight minutes to open the scoring – good work from Antonio Cassano on the right allowed Giampaolo Pazzini to tap home the opener. Half an hour later, Takayuki Morimoto took advantage of a defensive mix-up in the Blucerchiati box to equalize for the home team. This is was how it stayed until deep into second half injury time, when a header from Daniele Gastaldello sealed the three points. The most entertaining game of the weekend was at the Stadio Ferraris where Genoa beat Roma 3-2. The Giallorossi, feeling the pinch of injuries and suspensions went behind early in the second half with Domenico Criscito volleying home from close range. Roma equalized almost immediately through a tap in by Rodrigo Taddei, and then a goal from Francesco Totti went on to give them the lead. Genoa replied through as stunning strike from Alberto Zapater – and with less than ten minutes on the clock, defender Giuseppe Biava scrambled for the winner. Vincenzo Iaquinta gave title hopefuls Juventus a 1-0 win over visiting Chievo in Turin. Lazio continued there impressive pre-season form and made it count when it mattered – Tommaso Rocchi breaking the deadlock and putting Atalanta to bed at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. The Stadio Barbera saw a fascinating match between Palermo and Napoli. The game in truth could have been a goal fest as chances rained in from both sides. Napoli did not take theirs, and Palermo saw Edinson Cavani sore for the Rosanero just before the break. Napoli responded on through Marek Hamsik but their joy was short lived. Cavani was tripped in the box and the responsibility fell to Fabrizio Miccoli, who obliged sending Palermo on to get all three points. Livorno and Cagliari saw out a 0-0 draw at the Stadio Picchi in a relatively entertaining match-up. More goals were to be seen at the Stadio Friuli where Udinese were held at home by Parma. A 2-2 draw which saw Antonio Di Natale score twice in response to goals from Alberto Paloschi and Cristiano Lucarelli.


Serie A results – Week 1

Saturday August 22, 2009

Bologna 1-1 Fiorentina

Siena 1-2 Milan

Sunday August 23, 2009

Catania 1-2 Sampdoria

Genoa 3-2 Roma

Inter 1-1 Bari

Juventus 1-0 Chievo

Lazio 1-0 Atalanta

Livorno 0-0 Cagliari

Palermo 2-1 Napoli

Udinese 2-2 Parma

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