Monday, 17 October 2011

Serie A round up

In Italy it was the two days of action was as varied as it could be, with Saturday's action high quality and full of shocks, whereas on Sunday five of the seven games incredibly finished scoreless.

On Saturday Inter Milan's poor start to the season continued with their fourth defeat in just six games as they slipped to 17th in the Serie A table. The game started well for Inter as they took the lead after just six minutes through Estaban Cambiasso opened the scoring, finishing off a nice team goal with a volley at the back post.

However the hosts stunned the Milan giants with two goals in five second half minutes as they turned the game on its head. Firstly Sergio Bernardo Almirón curled superbly over Julio Cesar to level the scores. For the second game in a row Inter conceded a penalty as Cesar brought down Gonzalo Bergessio and Francesco Lodi took the resulting spot kick and smashed home to inflict another defeat on Claudio Ranieri's Inter Milan.

Napoli once again struggled to back up a victory against one of the top sides as they lost at home to Parma 2-1 as Francesco Modesto stunned the Naples side with a late winner.

The other Milan side had also struggled this season, however they registered a much needed win at home to Palermo 3-0 with goals from Antonio Nocerino, Robinho and Antonio Cassano securing a comfortable win.

On Sunday Juventus drew 0-0 away to Cheivo, in doing so maintaining their stay at the top of the table, however manager Conte will have wanted to extend their lead ahead of the struggling giants down the bottom of the table.

The weekend's biggest match was the Rome derby as Lazio took on Roma on Sunday evening. And thanks to a Miroslav Klose injury time winner Lazio edged a close game, with the games real changing point occurring in the 54th minute when Simon Kjaer was sent off in conceding a penalty which the impressive Hernanes scored.

Roma had taken the lead early on through their summer addition Pablo Osvaldo and Luis Enrique's side look set to extend their unbeaten run to five games, however thanks to Hernanes' penalty and a late Klose strike it was Lazio who stole the points in doing so moving up to 4th in the table.

Other Serie A results
Cesena 0 Fiorentina 0
Atalanta 0 Udinese 0
Cagliari 0 Siena 0
Genoa 0 Leece 0
Novara 0 Bologna 2

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