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Calcio: Inter pull clear as Juve cry foul in Sardinia

November 30, 2009

This weekend saw Inter move seven points clear at the top of Serie A, a deficit which makes next Saturday’s clash between Juve and Inter a must-win for the Old Lady. As Inter claimed a late victory over Fiorentina, Juve were beaten by Cagliari, a result which also meant AC Milan could move up to second place.

Cagliari 2 Juventus 0

Juve manager Ciro Ferrara is under pressure to beat Inter in the Derby d'Italia next weekend - football-italia.net

Nene’ 30 (C), Matri 89 (C)

Juve came into this game on the back of a 2-0 defeat to Bordeaux in the Champions League and with strikers Trezeguet and Iaquinta both injured. It was Cagliari, looking to bounce back from their 4-3 loss at the San Siro last week, who created the early chances and looked the more dangerous. And it was Cagliari who took the lead when Nene scored after half an hour with a sublime long-range curling shot into Buffon’s top corner.

Early in the second half a close-cut offside decision denied Amauri of an equaliser for the Bianconeri after he had headed in a cross by Caceres. Juve brought Del Piero on to try and inspire a comeback but continued to be frustrated in front of goal. Amauri was unlucky again as he was refused a penalty with 20 minutes to go when he appeared to be nudged in the back by Cagliari defender Pisano. When Juve did create chances they were unable to get past Cagliari keeper Federico Marchetti, whose performances this season have led to appearances for Italy. Juve paid the price for not making their pressure count. With a minute to go Cagliari broke forward, Alessandro Matri left Fabio Cannavaro for dead as he skipped past him at pace and slid the ball through Buffon’s legs to wrap up the points.

After the game Juve manager Ciro Ferrara refused to blame his team, instead focusing his attention on the referee who denied them a penalty. A terrible week over for Juventus, they will need to improve if they are to beat champions Inter next week and keep their title hopes alive.

Inter 1 Fiorentina 0

Milito pen 84 (I)

Inter were humbled by Barcelona in midweek but were by far the better side in this game. Fiorentina are the only Italian side guaranteed a place in the next round of the Champions League after their win over Lyon, but they struggled to show their quality in this fixture and have now lost back-to-back Serie A matches.

Diego Milito has promised more of the same against Juve after Inter impressed against Fiorentina

After a pretty dull first half Inter thought they had scored five minutes into the second, but Walter Samuel’s headed goal was disallowed because he was pulling Dario Dainelli’s shirt. Milito missed a fantastic chance when he fired wide with only the keeper to beat after latching on to a lovely through ball from Stankovic. Fiorentina almost snatched an undeserved lead with eight minutes left, but, after beating two defenders to get into the box, Gilardino’s shot hit the post.

Soon after, Inter finally made the breakthrough from the penalty spot. After being brought down by Gianluca Comotto, Diego Milito atoned for his earlier miss by slotting in the spot kick. Eto’o should have doubled Inter’s lead in the final minutes; he had the whole Fiorentina half to himself but couldn’t beat Sebastien Frey one-on-one. Nevertheless, Inter notched up their 11th win in 14 matches to go further clear at the top. Fiorentina now sit in tenth place.

Catania 0 Milan 2

Huntelaar 93, 95 (M)

Juve’s defeat meant that Milan could go second, and they just about managed it in Sicily yesterday. The previously laughable Klaas-Jan Huntelaar managed to finally break his Milan duck with two stoppage time goals. Appearances have admittedly been scarce for the Dutchman and he was the hero after coming off the bench in Catania. His first goal was a volley that managed to wriggle underneath keeper Andujar. That gave the former Real Madrid striker all the confidence he needed as the second was a brilliant chip from the edge of the box.

Genoa 3 Sampdoria 0

Milanetto pen 10 (G), Rossi 53 (G), Palladino pen 76 (G)

Genoa against Sampdoria always produces a carnival atmosphere

The Derby della Lanterna, between the two Genoise teams, is always a colourful affair as the two rival sets of fans create quite an atmosphere in the shared Stadio Luigi Ferraris. It is an occasion which the supporters prepare for weeks in advance. This game was one-sided but nonetheless very heated, with three red cards. Rodrigo Palacio won a penalty for Genoa when he was fouled by Reto Ziegler, and Omar Milanetto converted. Genoa were reduced to ten men at the end of the first half when Giuseppe Biava was shown a second yellow card for handball.

Captain Marco Rossi doubled Genoa’s advantage early in the second half as Sampdoria were unable to take advantage of the sending off. With 25 minutes to go it was Sampdoria’s Marco Rossi who made an impact, getting himself sent off for a second bookable offence. The tackles were flying in and it was no surprise that Ziegler gave away a second penalty with 15 minutes left, this time Raffaele Palladino scored from the spot to round off a great day for the rossoblu. In the last few minutes Fabrizio Cacciatore also got himself sent off for Samp, receiving a straight red card following a late lunge on Ivan Juric. Genoa are now just one point behind their rivals who were well and truly beaten.

Other highlights from the Derby della Lanterna; a Sampdoria fan attempting to soak Genoa fans with a fire hose but pretty much just getting himself drenched, the minute long scuffle between both sides after Palladino had apparently insulted Sampdoria fans with his celebration, and Genoa manager Gian Piero Gasperini apologising to, the calmest player on the pitch, Antonio Cassano after a Genoa player insulted him from the bench.

Atalanta 1 Roma 2

Ceravolo 13 (A), Vucinic 44 (R), Perrotta 64 (R)

An impressive turnaround in the Stadio Azzurri d’Italia means Roma climb into the top half of the table.

Bari 2 Siena 1

Vergassola 3 (S), A Masiello 78 (B), Greco 93 (B)

Siena’s woes continue as their third manager of the season Alberto Malesani started life in charge of the Tuscany side with a defeat. Things couldn’t have started any better for the league’s bottom club, taking the lead after three minutes thanks to Simone Vergassola. For so long it looked like Siena would hold onto a surprise win as Bari missed a host of chances. But with 12 minutes to go Andrea Masiello equalised, firing into the bottom corner from the edge of the box. Siena’s hearts were broken in the 93rd minute when Guiseppe Greco scored the winner for Bari from close range.

Lazio 0 Bologna 0

Another goalless draw and 12 games without a win leaves hapless Lazio just a point above the drop zone.

Chievo 1 Palermo 0

Abbruscato 54 (C)

Palermo’s poor season continues, as Delio Rossi was beaten in his first game as rosanero boss. Chievo leapfrog them in the table thanks to Elvis Abruscato’s overhead kick.

Parma 1 Napoli 1

Denis 33 (N), Amoruso pen 85 (P)

German Denis gave the visitors a first half lead and only a late penalty from Nicola Amoruso saved a point for Parma who remain fifth.

Udinese 2 Livorno 0

Di Natale 29 (U), Floro Flores 38 (U)

Udinese went ahead courtesy of Serie A top scorer Antonio Di Natale’s splendid free kick. Antonio Floro Flores scored soon after with a header to move Udinese 12th in the league and leave Livorno in the bottom three.

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

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