Saturday, 20 October 2007

Serie A Week 8: Saturday Review

Napoli fought back from a goal down on three occasions to secure a thrilling 4-4 draw at Roma in the Derby del Sud, while champions Inter extended their lead at the top of Serie A to five points.

Ezequiel Lavezzi gave Napoli the lead in only the second minute at the Stadio Olimpico but Roma hit back with a Francesco Totti penalty after David Pizarro was fouled. The Gialarossi turned the game around in their favour just before half-time as Simone Perrotta knocked in a rebound after a powerful Totti effort was parried by Napoli 'keeper Gennaro Iezzo.

Marek Hamsik levelled for Napoli shortly after the break but Daniele De Rossi wrong-footed the visiting 'keeper with a long shot in the 52nd minute to give the hosts the lead. But Walter Gargano equalised with another long-range effort on the hour mark.

The hosts thought they had clinched it when Pizarro blasted home a deflected free kick with 10 minutes remaining but Marcelo Zalayeta's late header gave Napoli a share of the spoils.

Inter were made to work hard for the three points at Reggina with Adriano's goal all that separated the sides after a hard-fought game in Reggio de Calabria. The Brazilian glanced in a Luis Figo free kick after 18 minutes to hand the champions a fourth consecutive triumph.

The home side did most of the running on a difficult pitch and will feel hard done by to come away empty-handed. But it was Inter who celebrated a professional performance.

Inter now have 20 points from eight games, while second-placed Roma have 15. Juventus, who are third with 14 points, have the chance to trim Inter's lead to three points with a victory over in-form Genoa on Sunday night.

[Saturday 20 Oct] - [Sunday 21 Oct]

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