Saturday, 18 October 2008

Serie A - Week 7: Saturday Review

Napoli 2-1 JuventusThe pressure is growing on Juventus coach Claudio Ranieri after Napoli came from behind to win 2-1 and move into pole position in Serie A, on a day when Alberto Gilardino scored his 99th and 100th top-flight goals as Fiorentina defeated Reggina 3-0.

Napoli moved to the top of of the table after coming from behind to defeat Juventus 2-1 at the Stadio San Paolo. Juve looked set to improve their standing after taking the lead just past the hour mark, Amauri breaking the deadlock by meeting Christian Poulsen's cross from the right with a wonderful right-footed volley. Their lead lasted no more than four minutes, however, with Marek Hamsik heading in Ezequiel Lavezzi's centre from close range to bring the hosts level. Buoyed by that strike, Napoli then took all three points when Argentinian forward Lavezzi buried a low shot after pouncing on Dario Knezevic's poor clearance with ten minutes left. The result leaves struggling Juve in mid-table with their coach Claudio Ranieri bound to come in for more criticism.

Fiorentina 3-0 RegginaFIORENTINA 3-0 REGGINA
Fiorentina secured a third consecutive victory as they brushed aside struggling ten-man Reggina 3-0 in Florence. The Viola attacked from the off at the Stadio Artemio Franchi and took the lead when Reggina goalkeeper Andrea Campagnolo was shown a straight red card for felling Mario Alberto Santana in the box in the 38th minute. Giampaolo Pazzini made no mistake from the spot against substitute custodian Christian Puggioni. The goalscorer was replaced by Gilardino on 70 minutes, and the former Milan forward wasted little time making his mark. Having beaten the offside trap, Gilardino doubled the lead with a neat low finish 15 minutes from the end, before wrapping things up six minutes later by heading a raking pass from Massimo Gobbi over the advancing Puggioni and stroking the ball into the empty net to celebrate his 100th goal in Serie A.

[Saturday 18 Oct] - [Sunday 19 Oct]

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