Inter left it late in beating Udinese in the Giuseppe Meazza, as Jose Mourinho’s men needed three minutes of added time to steal all three points. The game had started well for Inter, Dejan Stankovic had been laid off by Samuel Eto in the first half and he thundered his shot into the top corner. It only took five minutes for Udinese to hit back however, through Antonio Di Natale, with the Bianconeri hit man grabbing his ninth goal of the season. Inter kept pressing and their persistence paid off when in the 93rd minute Wesley Sneijder’s superb slotted shot gained Inter the victory they needed.
The Stadio Barbera and Palermo hosted unbeaten Juventus in Sicily, where Walter Zenga was hoping to end his run of draws. He certainly managed to do this with Palermo performing magnificently, and although there were chances at both ends it was Edison Cavani who broke the deadlock with a powerful strike mid way through the first half. The Rosanero continued to press and three minutes before half time Fabio Simplicio tapped in the second goal of the game. Juventus could easily have ended the game four or five goals down if it had not been for the heroics of Gigi Buffon, but it stayed 2-0 and Juventus travelled home with nothing.
The Stadio San Nicola saw Bari do what they do best and get a point from Catania. The so called “draw specialists” had two good chances to win the game but could not convert. Meanwhile Alfonso De Lucia saved a spot kick for 10-man Livorno in a lively affair that finished goalless in the Tuscan derby in Siena. Both teams had and squandered opportunities to win the game in a game which saw both keepers on form.
The third goalless game of the weekend was in Florence where Fiorentina faced Lazio. Controversy ensued after Alberto Gilardino had an effort cleared off the line, and although the ball did seem to be over the protests were waved away and the game finished level. There was yet another stalemate when Sampdoria and Parma played out a one all draw in the Stadio Ferraris. Giampaolo Pazzini’s superb header gave the Blucerchiati the lead, but Daniele Galloppa’s equaliser soon followed and Parma manage to get a deserved point.
Napoli travelled to Rome not sure of which Roma team would turn up. This heated match could have gone either way but it was Roma’s talisman Francesco Totti who responded to Ezequiel Lavezzi’s opener with two goals of his own. The first a fortunate ricochet, the second an edge of the box drive. Roma collected all three points here but at what cost? The game saw Totti among others pick up injuries that Roma can ill afford.
Ronaldinho may have kept his boss Leonardo in a job until just after the international break. Atalanta had taken the lead in the Stadio Azzurri d’Italia through Simone Tiribocchi and this is the way it stayed until the Brazilians late volley in the last ten minutes gain Milan a point. This result made more poignant as bottom club Atalanta played half the game with ten men.
Bologna’s centenary celebrations did not go to plan as Genoa smashed three goals past them to win 3-1. Bologna also had a man sent off it what turned out to be a miserable day for the Rossoblu. Finally, Michele Marcolini put on his own individual show with two excellent goals to cancel out Cagliari’s opener in the Stadio Sant’Elia. Chievo could have had more had it not been down to Stefano Sorrentino in the Cagliari goal.
Saturday October 3
Inter 2-1 Udinese
Bari 0-0 Catania
Sunday October 4
Atalanta 1-1 Milan
Bologna 1-3 Genoa
Cagliari 1-2 Chievo
Fiorentina 0-0 Lazio
Palermo 2-0 Juventus
Roma 2-1 Napoli
Sampdoria 1-1 Parma
Siena 0-0 Livorno