Saturday, 24 November 2007

Serie A Week 13: Saturday Review

Inter defeated Atalanta 2-1 on Saturday night to reclaim sole leadership of Serie A after Roma had temporarily joined them at the summit by winning at Genoa.

With an eye on Tuesday's Champions League visit of Fenerbahce, Inter coach Roberto Mancini started with leading scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the bench but saw Julio Cruz and David Suazo combine to deadly effect in the Swede’s absence. Suazo opened the scoring on eleven minutes following a one-two with Cruz, who turned in the second on the half-hour mark after his strike partner had fired against the post. Sergio Floccari then scored with a powerful drive for Atalanta shortly before half time, but the visitors couldn't work an equaliser in the second period. The Bergamo side finished with ten men following Simone Inzaghi's late dismissal for a foul on goalkeeper Julio Cesar.

At the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Christian Panucci – a former Genoa player who sealed Italy's place at Euro 2008 last Saturday when scoring against Scotland – popped up in the last minute again to earn Roma three crucial points. Both teams had struck the woodwork in the second half before the defender's crucial intervention, Matteo Paro (72) for Genoa and Mirko Vucinic (77) for the visitors. The capital club now travel to Dynamo Kiev in midweek.

[Saturday 24 Nov] - [Sunday 25 Nov]

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