Sunday, 21 October 2007

Serie A Week 8: Sunday Review

AC Milan crumbled to a shock 1-0 home defeat to Empoli, but Fiorentina and Sampdoria pulled off fine wins, while Lazio conquered Livorno and Torino completed an incredible comeback. Juventus moved into second with an evening win over Genoa.

Milan are still seeking their first Serie A win at the San Siro this season after Luca Saudati's second-half goal gave the Tuscan visitors all the points. Filippo Inzaghi wasted a pair of good chances in the first half, while Davide Moro and Antonio Buscc came close for Empoli. Saudati headed wide with the net at his mercy just after the break, but he made no mistake with a Francesco Marianini cross shortly after half-time. The visitors had to play the closing stages in 10 men after defender Richard Vanigli came off injured with all the substitutions used, but they still managed to hang on.

Juventus are leading the chasing pack behind leaders Inter. Alessandro Del Piero celebrated his new contract with the only goal in a 1-0 win over fellow new-boys Genoa. Genoa's Giuseppe Sculli hit a shot straight at 'keeper Gianluigi Buffon from a good position and Julio Leon rifled a free kick just above the crossbar, but the visitors could not avoid only their second defeat of the season. The only downside for the Bianconeri were the late dismissals of both midfielder Pavel Nedved, after appearing to elbow Abdoullay Konko, and coach Claudio Ranieri.

Umbeaten Fiorentina climbed to within four points of Inter as they cruised to a 3-0 victory at home to struggling Tuscan rivals Siena. Giampaolo Pazzini put the home side into the lead after just 15 minutes and former Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu doubled their advantage just after the half-hour mark. And substitute Christian Vieri, who had only come on for fellow goalscorer Pazzini eight minutes earlier, added a third in the 72nd minute.

Ten-man Torino came back from two goals down to snatch a point away to Atalanta. Andriano Ferreira Pinto put the home side in front in added time at the end of the first half and the visitors were left up against it when defender Cesare Natali received two bookings in two minutes. Cristiano Doni looked to have wrapped up the points for Atalanta from the penalty spot but Nicola Ventola gave Torino hope 15 minutes from time and Marco Motta sealed a remarkable fightback in the 87th minute.

Claudio Bellucci struck twice in 12 second-half minutes as Sampdoria secured a comfortable 3-0 win over struggling Parma. Vincenzo Montella had broken the deadlock midway through the first half but this third consecutive defeat for Parma has piled more pressure on coach Domenico Di Carlo.

Lazio survived the second-half dismissal of Fabio Firmani to secure a 1-0 win away to Livorno. Goran Pandev fired the visitors in front in the third minute of added time at the end of the first half and, although Firmani was given his marching orders with 21 minutes remaining for a second bookable offence, Lazio held on. The defeat means there is no fairytale start for new coach Giancarlo Camolese, who replaced Fernando Orsi last week.

Udinese had to come from behind in their 1-1 draw against Palermo with a point leaving both sides in the top half of the table. Carvalho Amauri opened the scoring after 17 minutes but Gyan Asamoha responded after the break to restore parity.

Catania remain without a win on their travels in Serie A despite taking the lead away to Cagliari through Christian Terlizzi in the opening 10 minutes. But the visitors were caught cold at the start of the second half with Alessandro Matri levelling moments after the restart.

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