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Calcio: Italian Football Weekend Round-up

November 23, 2009
Anyone still harbouring thoughts that Italian football is boring should look no further than Week 13 of the Serie A calendario to see 31 goals scored in the ten matches.

Game of the weekend – Fiorentina 2 Parma 3

Gilardino 25, 62 (F), Amoruso 30 (P), Bojinov 52 (P), Lanzafame 67 (P)

Parma are back in the big time after one season in Serie B - football-italia.net

Saturday night’s action, live on ESPN, produced the upset of the weekend as newly-promoted Parma visited the Stadio Artemio Franchi and left having leapfrogged the viola into fifth place.

Fiorentina had only conceded two goals in their six home games in the league before this weekend and coming into the game not many would have expected Parma to get their second away win of the season.

Both sides created chances early on, the best of these fell to Parma striker Valeri Bojinov, but the man on loan from Manchester City somehow fired wide from close range. On 25 minutes Fiorentina’s Alberto Gilardino scored against his former club, looping in a header from six yards out after Alberto Santana had whipped in a teasing cross.

The lead lasted just five minutes as Nicola Amoruso, the 35-year old cultured striker, tapped in the equaliser for Parma after a cross from Cristian Zaccardo. Early in the second half Bojinov scored against his old team to give Parma the lead, sliding in to convert a free kick taken by Daniele Galloppa.

Five minutes later Fiorentina were level when Gilardino got his second, heading in a Juan Manuel Vargas corner. At this stage you sensed there was only going to be one winner as the side in purple started to surge forward.

But the game turned on its head once more with just over 20 minutes remaining when substitute David Lanzafame struck what proved to be the winner for Parma. Catching Fiorentina on the counter-attack, Christian Panucci, the 36-year old defender, played one of the best through-balls you’re likely to see all season. From inside his own half Panucci spun the ball past the defence with the outside of his boot to set Lanzafame one-on-one, he kept his cool to slot past the onrushing Sebastien Frey.

The final minutes were frantic as Fiorentina piled on the pressure. But the Tuscans were reduced to 10 men when Marco Donadel picked up a second yellow card for a lunging challenge. Fiorentina came close as Mirante made an important late save and the home fans were furious when they were refused a stoppage time penalty appeal for handball. But the gialloblu held on to claim an impressive victory. The result will also encourage Liverpool fans; if Fiorentina defend this badly against Lyon this week then they may get beat.

AC Milan 4 Cagliari 3

Seedorf 6 (M), Matri 9 (C), Lazzari 30 (C), Borriello 38 (M), Pato 40 (M), Ronaldinho pen 62 (M), Nene’ 68 (C)

Marco Borriello equalises for Milan - football-italia.net

Milan had to battle to earn the points against on-form Cagliari. The rossoneri took the lead early on when Clarence Seedorf put the ball into an empty net after combining well with Marco Borriello. The lead lasted just a few minutes as the visitors were level through Alessandro Matri. The Sardinians continued to play well and went ahead when Andrea Lazzari smashed the ball past Dida from close range after half an hour.

Borriello equalised on 38 minutes, heading in Pirlo’s corner. Milan had finally taken control of the game and took the lead again when Alexandre Pato hit a beautiful curling shot past Cagliari keeper Marchetti.

After the break Milan’s front three of Borriello, Pato and Ronaldinho started to flex their muscles. When Borriello was tripped in the box Ronaldinho converted the penalty confidently to give Milan a 4-2 lead. Cagliari did not give up however and quickly got back into the game when Brazilian striker Nene finished off a great move by sending Dida the wrong way with a nice finish into the bottom corner.

Cagliari tried hard to equalise in the late stages but couldn’t snatch an unlikely point.

Roma 3 Bari 1

Totti pen 6, 14, 28 (R), Andreolli og 61 (B)

Roma will hope that the return of Totti will help turn their season around - football-italia.net

 The return of Francesco Totti was enough for Roma to cruise to a crucial win as il capitano scored a hat-trick in the first half hour. The first was a penalty, the second was a freekick, and the third was a stunning left-footed shot from an impossible angle. Game over.

Bologna 1 Inter 3

Milito 22 (I), Zalayeta 23 (B), Balotelli 42 (I), Cambiasso 72 (I)

Inter continued their march towards another Scudetto, staying five points clear at the top. Still the team to beat, they travel to Juve at the start of next month.

Palermo 1 Catania 1

Migliaccio 4 (P), Martinez 55 (C) 

The Derby di Sicilia is one of the fiercest derbies in European football, but this one ended a stalemate. Ex-Catania manager Walter Zenga faced his former club as Palermo boss for the first time. It will be his last, he was sacked today. Despite a quality team at his disposal Zenga was unable to produce the goods, Palermo lie 12th in the table and failure to beat their Sicilian rivals, who lie second from bottom, was the final straw.

Juventus 1 Udinese 0

Grosso 51 (J)

The bianconeri continue to be Inter’s main title challengers, Fabio Grosso’s goal was enough to sink Udinese.

Napoli 0 Lazio 0

Underachieving Lazio gained a valuable point against a Napoli side who have improved dramatically since Roberto Donadoni was sacked and replaced by Walter Mazzarri last month.

Livorno 2 Genoa 1

Lucarelli 21 (L), Criscito 63 (G), Pulzetti 93 (L)

Despite grabbing an injury time winner Livorno remain in the bottom three, but will be encouraged by a surprise win over a strong Genoa side. 

Sampdoria 2 Chievo 1

Poli 20 (S), Pazzini 65 (S), Mantovani 80 (C)

Sampdoria got themselves back into a Champions League position as their early season promise shows no signs of fading.

Siena 0 Atalanta 2

Tiribocchi 52 (A), Acquafresca pen 67 (A)

Siena stay bottom but were unlucky against an Atalanta side that sit just above the relegation zone.

Visit http://www.football-italia.net/ to see Serie A table and all the weekends’ goals.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. November 23, 2009 6:00 pm

    Goooooooooooollllllaaaaaaaaazzzzzo!

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