Inter took on Roma at the Giuseppe Meazza hoping to extend their lead over the chasing pack. But when Mirko Vucinic, who had already had chances for Roma, managed to put the visitors in front with a towering header, it looked like Roma had other plans. The second half however, saw Samuel Eto equalise with a low drive, after this chances were had by both sides but the game finished 1-1.
The Stadio Azzurri d’Italia saw a superb game played out between Atalanta and Juventus. Mauro Camoranesi had scored twice before Jaime Valdes pulled one back for the home side, but Juventus went further in front through Felipe Melo’s thunderbolt, only for Ceravolo pull another back for Atalanta. The game was made safe by Diego and then a further goal by David Trezeguet gave Juventus a 5-2 victory.
Despite Thiago Silva scoring in both goals, Milan continued their good run of form by beating Lazio in the capital. Silva and Alexandre Pato had put the visitors comfortably ahead, but Silva’s own goal ignited a fuse in Lazio. Unfortunately for Lazio, it was too little too late and despite their best efforts Milan took all three points and are slowly looking like title contenders.
Udinese hosted Fiorentina at the Stadio Friuli and looked like they had done enough to secure a point. However, in the 83rd minute Juan Manuel Vargas put his freekick away in fine style. Sebastien Frey was called on to make a crucial save late on but the points went to the Viola.
Parma took on Chievo and had to battle all game to force out three important points. Cristian Zaccardo scored the opener with a weak shot while Davide Lanzafame’s finish for the winner was more composed – 2-0 and Parma continue to climb the table.
Catania vs. Napoli finished goalless in the Stadio Massimino. In all fairness the game could have ended a number of scores as chances were missed in abundance by both sides.
The game between Genoa and Siena saw Hernan Crespo score two early goals in the Stadio Ferraris, this was then added to by Raffaele Palladino and the home side looked to be cruising. The game was in the last ten minutes when both Michele Paolucci and Massimo Maccarone scored for Siena. Worries of a come back though were soon put to bed when Sergio Floccari scored and put the game beyond doubt.
The shock of the day came in Sardinia as Cagliari beat title contenders Sampdoria 2-0. Daniele Conti and Alessandro Matri eventually scored in the last ten minutes after Sampdoria had played the second 45 minutes with ten men.
Riccardo Allegretti scored a magnificent freekick in the Stadio San Nicola to give Bari a 1-0 victory over Livorno. Bari continue their impressive start to this campaign and move to 9th.
Bologna made moves to stop the rot with an impressive 3-1 win at home to Palermo. Two goals from Marcelo Zalayeta and a strike from Marco Di Vaio were enough to beat Walter Zenga’s men who, although scoring through Simon Kjaer, were no match for the Rossoblu.
Saturday November 7
Catania 0-0 Napoli
Atalanta 2-5 Juventus
Sunday November 8
Bari 1-0 Livorno
Bologna 3-1 Palermo
Cagliari 2-0 Sampdoria
Genoa 4-2 Siena
Inter 1-1 Roma
Lazio 1-2 Milan
Parma 2-0 Chievo
Udinese 0-1 Fiorentina