Saturday, 2 May 2009

Serie A - Week 34: Saturday Review

Inter 2-0 LazioInter made another important step towards a fourth straight Serie A title by beating Lazio 2-0 to extend their lead over city rivals AC Milan to ten points. At the other end, Bologna failed to ease their relegation fears and remain in the drop zone after losing 2-1 at home against bottom side Reggina.

Inter moved to within touching distance of a fourth successive Serie A title by defeating Lazio at the San Siro. Jose Mourinho's team struggled to create chances during a first half in which the visitors were arguably the better team, with Argentinian forward Mauro Zarate a constant threat. However, 13 minutes after the interval, Zlatan Ibrahimovic drilled home his 21st goal of the season. With 20 minutes to go, the Swedish striker again found space in the centre and delivered a great ball to Sulley Muntari, who made it 2-0 with a precise left-footed shot to put the Nerazzurri 10 points clear at the top of the table with four games remaining. Inter can now win the Scudetto at Chievo next weekend if Milan fail to claim maximum points from their games with Catania on Sunday and Juventus next weekend.

Bologna 1-2 RegginaBOLOGNA 1-2 REGGINA
Reggina reignited their hopes of securing Serie A safety with a crucial victory at relegation rivals Bologna. The home side dominated for most of the game but were felled by two goals on the counter-attack by Franco Brienza and Edgar Barreto either side of half-time. Vaggelis Moras reduced the deficit three minutes from full time to set up a tense finale but Reggina clung on to take all three points. It was only Reggina's second win of 2009 and left them just three points shy of Torino and safety. Bologna have two points more and remain a point off safety ahead of the rest of the weekend fixtures.

[Saturday 2 May] - [Sunday 3 May]

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