Inter travelled to Livorno, ready to continue their title challenge and they did just that. A comprehensive 2-0 win saw Diego Milito’s good finish followed by a magnificent run from right-back Douglas Maicon – he swept through the Livorno defence unchallenged and put the game beyond doubt.
For 55 minutes, there was a similar pattern to the match in Turin, between Juventus and Napoli. David Trezeguet put the home side in front and the lead was doubled in the second-half after poor defending allowed Sebastian Giovinco to make it 2-0. This stirred something in Napoli and within minutes Marek Hamsik had reduced the deficit. Incredibly, not long after, Jesus Datolo equalised and the comeback was on. Juventus were obviously rocked, as Hamsik picked up on poor defending to smash home the winner and stun the home faithful.
Title contenders Sampdoria were held to a goalless draw at home to Bari. Paulo Vitor Barreto missed a penalty and Bari had a legitimate goal disallowed. Samp will need to improve on this performance if they wish to challenge at the top.
The Stadio Barbera saw Palermo and Genoa fight out another goalless draw. Both teams had chances to wrap the game up but in the end a draw seemed a fair result.
Milan’s revival seems as though it may be gathering some pace as they disposed of Parma at the San Siro. Parma have been in good form but it was Milan who looked the most dangerous. Ronaldinho showed that he may be on his way back to the top, as he created two goals for Marco Borriello, who finished both in style.
Half an hour gone in the Stadio Olimpico and it looked like Bologna’s Adailton had put the first nail in Roma’s coffin – after recent results it looked like Roma were heading for another defeat. However, Mirko Vucinic got back in scoring form only minutes after. Simone Perrotta tapped in just after the break to secure all three points for the Romans, a result of incomparable importance.
The capital’s other team, Lazio, were in action away at Siena, and in need of points. Things were looking good when, after only eight minutes, Stefano Mauri headed home. This was as good as it got for Lazio though, as Massimo Maccarone’s low drive nut-megged Nando Muslera for the equaliser and the pressure was on. Both teams had chances after this but the final whistle went with no more goals added. Lazio need to find some form and quick.
Four goals and two red cards in an action packed game in the Stadio Franchi saw Fiorentina get back to winning ways against Catania. Marco Marchionni scored either side of Giuseppe Mascara for the home side. Dario Dainelli, for la Viola, and Catania’s Ciro Capuano saw red before Alberto Gilardino had the simplest of finishes to wrap up all three points for Fiorentina.
Antonio Floro Flores’s left-foot shot gave Udinese the lead away at Chievo. The Flying Donkeys were arguable the better team all game – creating chance after chance. However, it took 70 minutes and the help of the post to see in Mario Yepes’s header, although the equaliser was well deserved and the game ended 1-1.
Cagliari vs. Atalanta was a game the pundit’s call a ‘six pointer’. It was Cagliari who realised this and took full advantage. 3-0 was the final score in a game which saw a brace from Nene and a penalty from Alessandro Matri adding to Atalanta’s woes. Atalanta need to get points from their rivals at the bottom.
Saturday October 31
AC Milan 2–0 Parma
Sunday November 1
Palermo 0-0 Genoa
Fiorentina 3–1 Catania
Livorno 0–2 Inter
Sampdoria 0–0 Bari
Cagliari 3–0 Atalanta
Chievo 1–1 Udinese
AS Roma 2–1 Bologna
Siena 1–1 Lazio