Inter were in top gear and smashed five past Genoa, including a momentous halfway line strike from Dejan Stankovic. The Nerazzurri scored after only six minutes through Esteban Cambiasso, and Mario Balotelli followed this up with a powerful strike 25 minutes later. Stankovic’s wonder goal put the visitors three up without reply at the end of the first 45 minutes. Second half goals from Patrick Vieira and Douglas Maicon finished the rout. Genoa were simply no match for Inter on this occasion in a game which saw emotions run high with tensions boiling over at the half-time interval.
Milan got back to winning ways at the San Siro but had to come from behind against Roma to do so. Only three minutes had elapsed when Jérémy Ménez jumped onto Thiago Silva’s horrific back pass and slotted the ball past a helpless Dida, who was returning in the Milan goal for the injured Marco Storari. Coach Leonardo must have thought the sack was imminent, especially as the Giallorossi had more chances and could have gone in at the break two or three up. However, after half-time Milan were awarded a questionable penalty which Ronaldinho converted, and remarkably the Brazilian then set up his compatriot Alexandre Pato to score a special goal to win the game.
Adrian Ricchiuti put Catania ahead against Cagliari in the Stadio Massimino, only for the lead to be cancelled out on the stroke of half-time by a magnificent overhead kick from Daniele Dessena. Cagliari continued to press and with two minutes to go Jorge Martínez tapped in from close range to steal all three points for the visitors.
The Stadio Bentegodi saw Bari pull off an impressive and unexpected away victory against Chievo. Both teams have been performing well but it was Bari who managed to score twice through Sergio Almiron and Andrea Ranocchia and take all three points.
In Turin, Juan Manuel Vargas was on target for Fiorentina after only five minutes to give his side an early lead against Juventus. Amauri tapped in to equalise for the Old Lady and chances continued to be created by both sides, but the game finished in a draw and Juventus lost ground in the title race. Two red cards, two penalty appeals and goals from Giampaolo Pazzini and Francelino Matuzalem within two minutes of each other saw Lazio draw with Sampdoria in Rome. A heated affair which sees Sampdoria also lose ground on Inter at the top.
Palermo’s well earned away victory against Livorno was over shadowed by Nelson Rivas’ injury which saw the defender fall badly on his head and lose consciousness. He was taken to hospital to be monitored for what looked like a bad injury. Napoli provided a dramatic fight back against Bologna at the Stadio San Paolo. Adailton had given the visitors the lead on 14 minutes, but Napoli would not lie down and die on this occasion and goals from Fabio Quagliarella and Christian Maggio, the latter coming in the third minute of stoppage time, earned Napoli the win.
Valeri Bojinov’s goal on six minutes earned Parma three points at home to Siena. Parma dominated a game in which they could have scored four or five. The Stadio Friuli saw Atalanta pick up their first three points of the season as they ground out a win by beating Udinese 3-1. Simone Tiribocchi, Jaime Valdés and Diego De Ascentis secured the win.
Serie A results – Week 8
Saturday 17 October, 2009
Juventus 1-1 Fiorentina
Genoa 0-5 Inter
Sunday 18 October, 2009
Catania 2-1 Cagliari
Chievo 1-2 Bari
Lazio 1-1 Sampdoria
Livorno 1-2 Palermo
Milan 2-1 Roma
Napoli 2-1 Bologna
Parma 1-0 Siena
Udinese 1-3 Atalanta