Sampdoria succeeded in making it four wins out of four and staying top of Serie A after routing Siena 4-1 at the Stadio Ferraris. An Angelo Palombo strike from the edge of the box put the home team in front, followed not long after by an exquisite chip from Daniele Mannini. The third goal came as Antonio Cassano’s fierce drive was parried only for Marco Padalino to finish it off. Palladino scored again on 85 minutes.
Juventus kept the pressure on the league leaders with a 2-0 home win against Livorno. This was also the Bianconeri’s fourth straight voctory and indicates that they are serious title contenders this year. However, it took the heroics of Gigi Buffon and a delectable lob from Claudio Marchisio to secure all three points.
Over in Rome, the evening was all about one man- Francesco Totti. The Roma captain rolled back the years, scoring twice and setting up Danielle De Rossi. Even Alberto Gilardino’s late goal did not dampen Roma’s spirits as they had been treated to Francesco Totti at his best.
Inter had to fight back from behind for three points at the Stadio Sant’Elia. Cagliari took the lead through Jeda from the penalty spot. While chances fell for both sides, Diego Milito was the man who converted his and scored twice, giving Inter the 2-1 win.
The Rossoneri gained a much needed win with a comfortable 1-0 victory over Bologna, courtesy of Clarence Seedorf in Milan. The win sees Milan move up to eighth in the table.
Napoli and Udinese played out a goalless draw in the Stadio San Paolo, although Udinese had an Antonio Di Natale goal questionably judged offside.
Parma hosted Palermo in a game where Cristian Zaccardo scored against his former club. The impressive right back scored with a well taken header, his first goal in Serie A since returning from the German Bundesliga.
Having gone behind to a Jorge Martinez wonder goal, it looked as though Lazio may suffer a second straight defeat in the league. However, Julio Cruz came off the bench in the second half and scored with an excellent flying header. Although chances for both sides followed, in the end the points were shared.
Genoa’s perfect record was smashed away to Chievo. 2-0 down within seven minutes, the Rossoblu never recovered. A penalty from Sergio Floccari did pull one back, however, hopes of a comeback were dashed when Sergio Pellissier’s header settled matters thirteen minutes from time.
Were Bari brilliant or were Atalanta just dismal? Either way, the Nerazzurri were on the end of a 4-1 drubbing at the Stadio San Nicola. The defeat them leaves them routed to the bottom of Serie A, while Bari improve on an already good start and move up to ninth.
Serie A results – Week 4
Saturday September 19th, 2009
Napoli 0-0 Udinese
Juventus 2-0 Livorno
Sunday September 20th, 2009
Bari 4-1 Atalanta
Cagliari 1-2 Inter
Catania 1-1 Lazio
Chievo 3-1 Genoa
Milan 1-0 Bologna
Parma 1-0 Palermo
Roma 3-1 Fiorentina
Sampdoria 4-1 Siena