Saturday, 8 March 2008

Serie A Week 27: Saturday Review

Inter marked their centenary by surging nine points clear in Serie A as the Nerazzurri secured a comfortable 2-0 win at home to Reggina. Palermo were held to a draw by Udinese in Sicily in the evening game.

With nearest rivals Roma in action on Sunday, Inter took their opportunity to increase the pressure on the capital club with two first-half goals enough to overcome a Reggina side who remain three points from safety. A penalty from Zlatan Ibrahimovic after 14 minutes and a Nicolas Burdisso header 20 minutes later earned Roberto Mancini's side all three points, although they were outplayed for much of the game by their struggling opponents. Inter goalkeeper Julio Cesar was the man of the match as he kept Reggina at bay with some fine saves.

Palermo's hopes for a UEFA Cup place took a blow after they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to rivals Udinese. Needing a win to close the four-point gap behind them and the sixth-placed Bianconeri, Palermo took the lead through Fabio Simplico's 32nd-minute strike but Dias Felipe levelled for Udinese midway through the second half with a rare chance. The stalemate follows Palermo's disappointing draw against relegation-threatened Reggina last weekend and means the Sicilian side are two places adrift of a UEFA Cup berth in eighth.

[Saturday 8 Mar] - [Sunday 9 Mar]

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