Monday, 8 October 2007

Spotlight - Week 7: Top Totti

Here's a round up of the winners and the losers from Week 7 of the Serie A season.

Francesco Totti (Roma):
Roma revived their championship hopes with a comfortable 3-0 win at Parma that was inspired by Francesco Totti. The influential captain opened the scoring before adding an assist for Amantino Mancini and then grabbing a second late on. Clearly the best player on the pitch at the Tardini, the Giallorossi are at their most clinical when Francesco’s on song.

Julio Cruz (Inter): Don’t underestimate the importance of Julio Cruz to this Inter side. He may not be a first team regular, but give him the odd game or throw him on as a sub and he’ll deliver. The Argentine was the Nerazzurri’s two-goal hero against Napoli in a 2-1 win which has extended the champions’ lead at the top of the table.

Alberto Gilardino (Milan): Kaka may have been the inspiration behind Milan’s 5-1 thrashing of Lazio, but Alberto Gilardino was at last a protagonist for the Rossoneri. Having been without a Serie A goal for six months, the former Parma hitman bagged a brace – even if he still marred his evening with a few shoddy misses.

Fernando Muslera (Lazio):
He was inadvertently Milan’s assist man at the Stadio Olimpico, with a goalkeeping display that will live long in the memory for all the wrong reasons. At fault for the first as Massimo Ambrosini caught him off his line, Muslera then gave away a penalty before allowing shots from Kaka and Alberto Gilardino to go through his legs. He was simply a total disaster.

Fabio Quagliarella (Udinese): Things aren’t going well for Quagliarella following his summer switch from Sampdoria. Expected to excel with the aid of Pasquale Marino’s attacking tactics, Quagliarella has struggled and he suffered another night of frustration at Atalanta on Saturday. He was supposed to be the future of Italian football, he may well have just been a one-season wonder.

Bernardo Corradi (Parma): Facing Roma with 11 men is daunting enough, but reducing your team to 10 after just 27 minutes is verging on stupidity. Rightly booked for needlessly kicking out at Francesco Totti from behind, Corradi then collected his second yellow for a handball offence. A player of his experience should know better.

Marco Borriello (Genoa): The classiest strike of the day was undoubtedly netted by Genoa’s surprise hitman. Having been fed the ball by Leon with his back to goal, the former Milan man flicked it up in the air before turning and executing an outrageous semi bicycle kick from the edge of the area. Wow!

Alberto Gilardino (Milan): Gilardino bagged his second of the game in some style at Lazio. Clarence Seedorf found Massimo Ambrosini with a precise chip, the midfielder headed it back for Gila who immediately smashed it into the roof of the net from eight yards.

Tomas Locatelli (Siena): Locatelli rolled back the years with a sublime individual goal which put Siena on the road to victory against Empoli. He’s had his injury problems over the last few years, but his strike on Sunday brought back memories of that stylish fantasista who used to star for Udinese and Bologna.

Maiden Mandorlini: Siena boss Andrea Mandorlini finally won his first Serie A match. The tactician had to wait until his 21st game following 10 defeats and 10 draws prior to the 3-0 humbling of Tuscan rivals Empoli on Sunday.

Hard Cor: Eugenio Corini bagged his first goal for Torino by netting the late winner against Sampdoria. That strike was his 38th in Serie A, having rippled the net for seven different clubs during his illustrious career.

Purple reign: Juventus may have been disappointed to concede late at Fiorentina on Sunday, but their domination of the Viola continues. The Florence-based outfit haven’t beaten Juve since December 13, 1998, when Gabriel Batistuta scored the only goal of the game.

Source: Antonio Labbate (C4 Football Italia)

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