Saturday, 31 January 2009

Serie A - Week 22: Saturday Review

Juventus 2-3 CagliariCagliari delivered a serious blow to Juventus's chances of battling Inter for the Serie A title as Alessandro Matri found a late goal to earn the Sardinians a shock 3-2 win in Turin. Earlier, a Fabio Quagliarella stunner helped Udinese come back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Napoli.

Juventus's Scudetto challenge was dealt a major blow by a carefree Cagliari, who stunned the Bianconeri at the Stadio Olimpico. Davide Biondini put Massimiliano Allegri's side ahead after 16 minuted, but the home side recovered to turn the game around before half-time with goals from Mohamed Sissoko, on the half-hour mark, and Pavel Nedved, seven minutes later. Jeda brought Cagliari back on terms after 54 minutes and Alessandro Matri sealed the win with just over 10 minutes remaining to maintain the Sardinians' unlikely charge for a place in Europe next season. It took Cagliari six games to register their first points this season, but they have not looked back since, moving up to seventh place with this latest win. Meanwhile, Juve could find themselves nine points behind league leaders Inter and behind AC Milan if results go against them on Sunday.

Napoli 2-2 UdineseNAPOLI 2-2 UDINESE
Udinese came from two goals down to deny Napoli victory in a thriller at the Stadio San Paolo. All the goals arrived in a crazy 21-minute spell at the end of the opening half as the hosts took the lead through Ezequiel Lavezzi after 24 minutes while Marek Hamsik doubled the advantage three minutes later. Udinese hit back through an Antonio Di Natale penalty after 32 minutes while Fabio Quagliarella completed the scoring and rescued a point for his side with a brilliant equaliser on the stroke of the interval. The solid away point will keep morale high in the Udinese camp following on from Wednesday's impressive 2-1 win against Juventus, while Napoli, despite ending a three-game losing streak, will be frustrated not to have secured a win that would have taken them fifth in the standings.

[Saturday 31 Jan] - [Sunday 1 Feb]

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