Serie A action round up – Week 5 – Sampdoria deposed from the top

Inter hosted Napoli at the Giuseppe Meazza hoping to continue their impressive form and things started brightly for the hosts. Within two minutes Inter were ahead, a towering header by Walter Samuel was nearly scrambled in by Diego Milito, but it was Samuel Eto’o who got the final touch. The Partenopei were stunned and this was evident as only three minutes later Douglas Maicon’s good work freed Diego Milito, who slotted coolly home for Inter to get their second goal in five minutes. Lúcio then scored from a corner to compound Napoli’s misery, although the visitors did get a goal back from Ezequiel Lavezzi before the half-time interval. Inter became more cautious and in the second half it showed with a lack of goals as the Nerazzurri ensured the game ran smoothly to its conclusion.

Catania had a penalty shout turned down in Bergamo but only picked up a goalless draw with Atalanta. Newly appointed Nerazzurri Coach Antonio Conte saw red in his first game in charge for the hosts as they picked up their first point of the season. Goals seem hard to come by for the Bergamo outfit, having scored once all season.

The Stadio San Nicola saw Bari host Cagliari, the visitors were under pressure most of the game and Bari’s unbeaten record seemed that it may stay intact. However, 13 minutes from time debut boy Nenê popped up at the back post and smashed home the winner. Further north, a very poor game was witnessed at the Stadio Franchi were Siena and Chievo clashed. The match ended goaless with few chances, whilst Bologna recorded a fine victory against Livorno lifting them to 14th. This really was a six pointer as the teams lay dangerously close to the relagation zone before kick-off. A good header from Daniele Portanova gave Bologna the lead and this was followed up with a second from Marco Di Vaio, who smashed the ball across the keeper on 53 minutes. Livorno was incensed, as Di Vaio was seen to handle the ball upon controlling it, but the goal stood and Bologna won 2-0.

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Antonio Di Natale tapped home his seventh goal in five games as Udinese beat Milan 1-0 at the Stadio Friuli. The Rossoneri, who had seemed to have captured some form of late, were undone by the hosts and with Mathieu Flamini seeing red, they have few positives to take back to Milan. Meanwhile, in Florence, the league leaders Sampdoria crashed to a 2-0 defeat in the Stadio Artemio Franchi amid controversy. Early in the game Sampdoria had an Antonio Cassano effort ruled out, although to the visitors it seemed the ball had crossed the line. Stevan Jovetić was the man who eventually gave Fiorentina the lead from close range, followed by Alberto Gilardino’s header. Sampdoria had lost top spot, and their 100% start to the season.

Valeri Bojinov and Nicola Amoruso netted either side of a Mauro Zárate penalty in Rome to give Parma a precious 2-1 away victory at the Stadio Olimpico, this result finishing off a bad week for Lazio. New boys Parma however, are sitting proudly in fifth place in the table. The Stadio Barbera in Palermo saw heavy rain and a visit from Claudio Ranieri’s unpredictable Roma. This match saw six goals, with Matteo Brighi giving Roma the lead only for Igor Budan to cancel it out. Nicolás Burdisso then scored for the visitors, but Fabrizio Miccoli pegged them back once again. Antonio Nocerino gave Palermo the lead for the first time in the game and this seemed to be the winner, until two minutes from time when Roma were awarded a penalty. In wet conditions in Sicily, Francesco Totti stepped up to net the pressure penalty, the game finishing 3-3.

Serie A results – Week 5

Wednesday September 23, 2009

Atalanta 0-0 Catania

Bari 0-1 Cagliari

Bologna 2-0 Livorno

Fioerntina 2-0 Sampdoria

Inter 3-1 Napoli

Lazio 1-2 Parma

Palermo 3-3 Roma

Siena 0-0 Chievo

Udinese 1-0 Milan

Thursday Septenber 24, 2009

Genoa vs. Juventus

Serie A action round-up


Week 1 – Slow start for Nerazzurri – August 22 & 23


Week 2 – Rome collapses to Juve – August 29 & 30


Week 3 – Juventus conquer the Olimpico – September 12 & 13


Week 4 – Cagliari make Inter sweat – September 19 & 20

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