Saturday, 12 January 2008

Serie A Week 18: Saturday Review

A last-gasp penalty from Alessandro Del Piero gave Juventus a 1-1 draw at Catania which enabled team to move into second place in Serie A. Saturday's other game was incident-packed as relegation-threatened Empoli and Reggina also drew 1-1.

Juventus looked to be heading for only their third league defeat of the season when the home side took the lead after 15 minutes with a goal from Gionatha Spinesi following a cross from Giuseppe Mascara. The visitors were on an eight-match unbeaten run going into the game, including victories in their last three matches, and showed their resilience once more to save Claudio Ranieri from losing to a side he represented in his playing days. Marco Biagianti felled Del Piero and the striker dusted himself down to coolly dispatch the spot-kick.

Fabio Ceravolo gave the visitors a dream start on two minutes but it took the same amount of time for the hosts to level through Luca Saudati's penalty. The Empoli striker should have had a second goal from the spot on 16 minutes but could not produce a similar outcome. The draw leaves Reggina in 19th spot, two points and three places behind Empoli in what promises to be a tight race to beat the drop this season.

[Saturday 12 Jan] - [Sunday 13 Jan]

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