Saturday, 25 April 2009

Serie A - Week 33: Saturday Review

Fiorentina 4-1 RomaAlberto Gilardino scored twice as Fiorentina defeated Roma 4-1 and moved into Serie A's final UEFA Champions League berth. In the day's early game, Udinese snatched a late winner at Chievo.

Alberto Gilardino scored twice as Fiorentina returned to winning ways with a comprehensive 4-1 defeat of Champions League rivals Roma. The Viola's run of three successive wins ended last weekend with defeat at Udinese but they were back on form and were already 2-0 up by the time Roma's efforts were undermined by the dismissal of David Pizarro on the hour mark. Juan Vargas and Gilardino did the damage, and they made their numerical advantage count in the second half as Gilardino grabbed another and Massimo Gobbi completed the rout before Julio Baptista scored a consolation for the visitors four minutes from time. The win takes the Viola up to fourth, a point above Genoa in the race for a Champions League berth, and six above Roma.

Chievo 1-2 UdineseCHIEVO 1-2 UDINESE
A last-gasp Gaetano D'Agostino goal gave Udinese an undeserved 2-1 victory over struggling Chievo, who will be left wondering how they ended the match empty-handed. D'Agostino fired the visitors into the lead after 35 minutes from the penalty spot before Sergio Pellissier levelled with 19 minutes remaining. The hosts should have gone in front but they could not find a way past Samir Handanovic, who was putting in a stunning performance between the sticks for Udinese, and they also wasted a sackful of chances. Their hard work was to come to nothing as D'Agostino doubled his tally in the third minute of stoppage time to snatch all three points, and worse was to come for Chievo seconds later when Gaetano Langella was sent off. The result sees Chievo remain eight points above the relegation zone while Udinese keep alive their very faint hopes of a Europa League place.

[Saturday 25 Apr] - [Sunday 26 Apr]

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