Saturday, 3 November 2007

Serie A Week 11: Saturday Review

Giampaolo Pazzini took advantage of a defensive mistake to score the only goal as Fiorentina maintained their unbeaten start to the season and left Lazio floundering in the lower half of the Serie A table, while AC Milan were held to a goalless draw in the evening game.

The Viola broke the deadlock on 19 minutes when Lazio goalkeeper Marco Ballotta failed to deal with a weak Emilson Sanchez Cribari back-pass and Pazzini was able to roll the ball into an empty net. The former Italy Under-21 striker hit the bar following a swift counterattack in the second half, and Lazio’s misery was completed when Massimo Mutarelli was dismissed just before the end. Fiorentina are now just a point behind leaders Inter ahead of the champions' trip to Juventus on Sunday.

Milan failed to build on their 5-0 midweek victory at Sampdoria as they drew 0-0 at home against Torino. Alberto Gilardino saw a first-half chance saved well by Matteo Sereni and then shot wide from a promising position after the break, while substitute Filippo Inzaghi found himself one-on-one with Sereni but could not find the net having pushed the ball too far wide. The European champions remain winless at the San Siro in Serie A this season, taking just three points from six games. Incredibly, Milan have scored ten goals in their last two away trips in the league but have not registered in three home fixtures and are still searching for a first success since a 3-1 defeat of Cagliari on 21 April.

[Saturday 3 Nov] - [Sunday 4 Nov]

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