Inter continued their title challenge with a convincing 2-1 win at home to Catania. Sulley Muntari’s through ball beat everyone including the goalkeeper to give Inter the lead. It was Wesley Sneijder who sealed three points however, when his majestic free-kick found the back of the net just after the half hour mark. The Nerazzurri had more chances but failed to convert, instead giving Catania a late penalty and enduring a nervous finish.
Milan looked to the agility of disgraced goalkeeper Dida and Alessandro Nesta’s ariel ability to rescue all three points in Verona. Chievo took an early lead and kept it until Nesta headed home an equaliser ten minutes from time. Dida then saved from point blank range, before Nesta again rose to steal the points in the 94th minute.
It took Amauri’s solitary headed goal to claim victory for Juventus in a poor performance in the Stadio Franchi against Siena. Only Gigi Buffon’s superlatives stopped Siena clawing back a point.
Sampdoria showed that their title ambitions have not dampened in the slightest by hammering Bologna 4-1. Giampaolo Pazzini, Reto Ziegler and a double from Daniele Mannini saw Sampdoria four up after 33 minutes. Bologna did manage to stop the rot when Pablo Daniel Osvado’s restored some pride but in truth they had been well beaten.
Livorno were bottom of the league, playing away from home and facing Roma – to top it off, they had a man sent-off. So it was a great shock when Francesco Tavano decided that now was the time to squeeze home his first goal of the season and give his side all three points. An upset of the highest proportion!
There was more drama in Florence when the in form Viola faced an inconsistent Napoli team. Napoli lived up to their tag and after a hard fought game with chances for each side, including a Sebastien Frey penalty save, Christian Maggio popped up to steal the winner two minutes from time.
Cesare Bovo’s late goal sealed the points for Palermo against Udinese at the Stadio Barbera. Udinese can count themselves extremely unlucky, if not for their many chances that failed to hit the back of the net, then for the definite penalty that they had turned down.
Another team to fall on the sword of apparently “lesser” opposition was Lazio. This week, minnows Bari hosted the team from the capital and duly beat them 2-0. Goals from Paulo Vitor Barreto and Riccardo Meggiorini continuing Bari’s impressive form so far this season and compelling Lazio to another poor result.
Atalanta could not win all season but have now achieved consecutive victories. Jaime Valdes converted a penalty for the home side and this was quickly followed up by Simone Tiribocchi, who made it two. Parma’s Alberto Paloschi reduced the deficit but all hopes of a comeback were dashed when Federico Peluso scored Atalanta’s third, 3-1 the final score.
Finally to Cagliari, who played Genoa in Sardinia. Giandomenico Mesto and Sergio Floccari had both given Genoa the lead, only to twice have the advantage cancelled out, by Davide Biondini and Nene respectively. Cagliari spectacularly won the game when Lazzari stroked the ball in from ten yards, giving the hosts their first points at home this season and sending the Stadio Sant’Elia into raptures.
Serie A Results – Week 9
Saturday October 24
Inter 2-1 Catania
Sampdoria 4-1 Bologna
Sunday October 25
Siena 0-1 Juventus
Atalanta 3-1 Parma
Roma 0-1 Livorno
Bari 2-0 Lazio
Cagliari 3-2 Genoa
Palermo 1-0 Udinese
Fiorentina 0-1 Napoli
Chievo 1-2 Milan