Saturday, 27 October 2007

Serie A Week 9: Saturday Review

Two controversial Maurizio Domizzi penalties ensured Napoli came from behind to secure a 3-1 win against old rivals Juventus and move into the top five in Serie A, while Torino grabbed a crucial victory over Cagliari.

A win for Juve would have taken them level on points with leaders Inter, and although David Trezeguet had an effort ruled out for offside late in the first half, the second period was barely a minute old when the French striker linked up with Naples-born Raffaele Palladino to set up Alessandro Del Piero for a powerful finish. Napoli wasted no time in equalising though as Walter Gargano burst into the box and shot past Gianluigi Buffon.

Trezeguet hit the post on 53 minutes and Del Piero fired the rebound over, and Napoli made them pay just past the hour-mark as Ezequiel Lavezzi was fouled in the box by Giorgio Chiellini and Maurizio Domizzi converted the penalty. Television replays showed Chiellini had clearly won the ball with his tackle.

Eight minutes later the Azzurri were awarded with another controversial spot-kick after Buffon was adjudged to have brought down former Juve striker Marcelo Zalayeta and again Domizzi made no mistake. But replays showed that Zalayeta jumped over the goalkeeper and then fell.

Torino moved up to tenth thanks to a 2-0 success against Cagliari. Without six regulars through injury or suspension, Walter Novellino's men created plenty of chances in the first half and twice hit the woodwork but failed to break the deadlock.

In the second half, they were rewarded for their attacking play when Alessandro Rosina, one of the players who had smashed the ball off the post, scored from close range. An own goal by defender Michele Ferri then doubled Toro's advantage, leaving Cagliari, who were level with their opponents at the start of play with eight points from eight matches, in danger of slipping into the relegation zone after Sunday's matches.

[Saturday 27 Oct] - [Sunday 28 Oct]

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