Saturday, 12 April 2008

Serie A Week 33: Saturday Review

The chances of AC Milan missing out on the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 2001 increased on Saturday after a 3-2 defeat at third-placed Juventus while, Palermo defeated Sicilian rivals Catania in the day's other game.

Juventus defeated AC Milan 3-2 in a dramatic game at Turin's Stadio Olimpico to enhance their chances of qualifying for the Champions League next season and put a dent in their rivals' European ambitions. Alessandro Del Piero put Juve ahead after 12 minutes but two goals from Filippo Inzaghi turned the game in Milan's favour before Hasan Salihamidzic grabbed an equaliser on the stroke of half-time. The Bosnian provided the winner 10 minutes from time after Milan were reduced to 10 men in the 66th minute when Daniele Bonera was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Mohamed Sissoko. The victory enables Claudio Ranieri's side to narrow the gap on second-placed Roma to seven points with a game in hand while Milan remain four points behind fourth-placed Fiorentina having played a game more.

Fabrizio Miccoli came off the bench to grab the only goal of the game as he powered Palermo to victory against Catania in the Sicilian derby. Miccoli fired a stunning free-kick home five minutes from time to notch Palermo's second win on the trot after their surprise victory over Juventus last week. The game had been a tame one until Stefano Colantuono brought on Miccoli and the 28-year-old, who had been out for six weeks with a calf injury, had an immediate effect as Palermo suddenly looked more threatening. The Rosanero's victory pushes them up to ninth in the Serie A standings - level on points with eighth-placed Genoa - ahead of Sunday's matches, while Catania remain in 15th spot, three points off the drop zone.

[Saturday 12 Apr] - [Sunday 13 Apr]

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