Sampdoria hosted and defeated Inter this week sending out a warning to the rest of Serie A, that despite defeat midweek the Blucerchiati consider themselves title contenders. Inter forced Luca Castellazzi into two good saves in the first half with Sampdoria replying with an effort of their own, however on 72 minutes Giampaolo Pazzini did break the deadlock with a well-taken goal from seven yards out. This was enough to win the match even though Ricardo Quaresma did see his goal ruled out due to Lucio being in an offside position.
In the Stadio Massimino, Catania were a goal up against Roma with 91 minutes on the clock thanks to promising striker Taka Morimoto taking advantage of a goalkeeping error to tap in at the back post. This was how it stayed until in injury time Daniele De Rossi saved the day for the Giallorossi by getting a tap in of his own, and although after this Gennaro Delvecchio saw red, Roma hung on for a lucky escape.
Atalanta managed to lift themselves off the bottom of Serie A – if only by goal difference – when they travelled to Verona and fought to get a point against Chievo. It could have worked out even better for Atalanta, as even though they had posed no threat all game, they managed to take the lead through Simone Tiribocchi after 72 minutes. However, the Orobici’s lead was cancelled out when Sergio Pellissier levelled the tie five minutes later.
Bari travelled to the San Siro to play an out-of-sorts Milan. Marco Storari put in a man-of-the-match performance as the visitors fought hard to try and get three points only for Milan’s custodian to make a string of important saves. So the scoreless stalemate means that the trouble continues for Leonardo.
It was a goalkeeping error that saw Lazio only manage a point at home to Palermo. Lazio had started the game brightly and tested Salvatore Sirigu on a number of occassions. However, 15 minutes before time a soft shot by Edison Cavani somehow managed to go under Fernando Muslera’s body for the opener. Mauro Zárate’s first goal of the season gained Lazio a point seven minutes later but Sirigu saved the day for Palermo with good stops late on.
The all-Tuscan affair was settled by a Stevan Jovetic 76th-minute penalty as Fiorentina gained all three points against bottom of the table Livorno in the Stadio Picchi. Meanwhile, Cagliari travelled to Parma with some purpose, and they shocked the home side, winning by two goals to nil. Neves Capucho Jeda and Daniele Dessena scored the goals which sank the home side, whilst dragging themselves up to 13th position in the league.
David Trezeguet had put Juventus in front at home to Bologna and the title contenders must have thought that this was enough to see them top the table. However, Gigi Buffon was called into action numerous times as he made many saves nearing the end of the game, but there was nothing he could do to stop Adailton volleying home a late equaliser.
Antonio Di Natale’s amazing form and seventh goal of the season coupled with a low strike from Simone Pepe sunk Genoa and propelled Udinese to 5th in the table. Genoa seemingly appear to be lacking the form of the opening fixtures. And finally the much coveted Marek Hamsik would have had a hat-trick had his penalty not been saved. Two goals from the playmaker however, did help Napoli beat Siena 2-1 and give them a welcome distraction from their miserable away form.
Saturday September 26
Livorno 0-1 Fiorentina
Sunday September 27
Milan 0-0 Bari
Juventus 1-1 Bologna
Parma 0-2 Cagliari
Napoli 2-1 Siena
Chievo 1-1 Atalanta
Udinese 2-0 Genoa
Catania 1-1 Roma
Lazio 1-1 Palermo