Sunday, 16 December 2007

Serie A Week 16: Sunday Review

Inter remain unbeaten in Serie A as they moved seven points clear of Roma, who clung on to a 0-0 draw at Torino. Elsewhere Antonio Cassano burst into tears during Samp's 2-2 draw and Palermo ended Atalanta's unbeaten home record.

Inter extended their unbeaten Serie A start to 16 games after two second-half goals helped them see off plucky Cagliari 2-0. The visitors were unable to find a way through in the first half, but took the lead after 57 minutes through Julio Cruz before former Cagliari striker David Suazo finished off his old side 11 minutes from time. Cagliari remain rooted to the bottom of the table following their third consecutive defeat.

Roma's title challenge suffered another setback as they were held to a goalless draw at Torino. The Giallorossi went into the game looking to bounce back from last weekend's 1-1 draw at Livorno but will consider themselves fortunate to come away from Turin's Stadio Olimpico with a point. Toro, who have now drawn ten games this season, threatened to take all three points as they missed a succession of chances. The home side had Gianluca Comotto sent off a minute before the end but Roma could not force a winner meaning for the first time this season they ended a league game without scoring.

Fiorentina registered a hard-earned point from a 2-2 draw at Sampdoria which keeps them on the fringes of the top four in Serie A. The hosts are formidable at their Stadio Luigi Ferraris base having not conceded in six of their seven home games this season and the Viola will be delighted at taking a point home from Genoa. Samp went ahead in the 18th minute when Daniele Gastaldello netted but Fiorentina turned it around with Adrian Mutu and Marco Donadel scoring either side of half-time. Walter Mazzarri's men came again, however, and claimed a share of the spoils thanks to Antonio Cassano's strike midway through the second half. There was a bizarre aftermath to Mutu's equaliser, as Cassano was booked for dissent and he burst into tears as it meant he would be suspended for the big match with his former club Roma.

In-form Palermo brought to an end Atalanta's unbeaten run with a 3-1 win at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia this season. Edinson Cavani opened the scoring in the 13th minute before Antonio Langella's own goal gave the visitors a 2-0 half-time lead. Carvalho Amauri struck his team's third on 54 minutes before deflecting the ball into his own net from Fernando Tissone's effort shortly after the hour mark. The outcome marked Palermo's second consecutive triumph after last weekend's win against Fiorentina and sees the Sicilian giants climb to sixth in the standings.

Parma ensured they go into the winter break in mid-table safety as they strolled to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Serie A strugglers Reggina. Bernardo Corradi opened the scoring in the 25th minute before Andrea Pisanu doubled his side's advantage just three minutes into the second half. And it was all over not long after the hour mark when Massimo Paci added a third to add to joint-bottom Reggina's misery and send them back to Calabria having failed to win their 10th consecutive away game.

Serie A strugglers Siena notched a highly-credible 1-1 draw against high-flying Napoli as they continue to inch their way away from the relegation zone. Mario Frick opened the scoring just after the hour mark but Mariano Bogliacino equalised 60 seconds later for Napoli. It was a tough, tense match which belied both side's position at opposite ends of the table and either side could have won it right until the final whistle.

Andrea Masiello's strike two minutes from time earned Genoa a share of the spoils from a 1-1 draw against Empoli at the Stadio Castellani. The hosts went in at the break 1-0 up thanks to Sebastian Giovinco and were unlucky not to find themselves further ahead having twice struck the Rossoblu woodwork. But Masiello made them pay late on to salvage a point for the Grifone.

The match between AC Milan and Livorno was postponed as the European champions were participating in the FIFA World Club Cup in Japan. The Lega Calcio have rescheduled the match for February 13, 2008.

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