Saturday, 16 May 2009

Serie A - Week 36: Saturday Review

Udinese 2-1 AC MilanInter have been crowned Serie A champions for the 17th time after city rivals AC Milan surrendered their pursuit with a 2-1 loss at Udinese. Earlier, Roma left it late to beat Catania in a seven-goal thriller in the capital.

Inter claimed their fourth successive Serie A title on Saturday night without kicking a ball after AC Milan were beaten 2-1 by Udinese. The Rossoneri began the day seven points behind the leaders and needed at least a draw to keep alive their slim hopes of taking the trophy from their city rivals. But Udinese proved too strong at their Stadio Friuli and defeat means Carlo Ancelotti's men can no longer catch the Nerazzurri in the standings. Gaetano D'Agostino put the Bianconeri ahead from the penalty spot on the half-hour mark before Cristian Zapata doubled their lead four minutes into the second half. Massimo Ambrosini scored a consolation for Milan in the third minute of stoppage time but it was too little too late. Meanwhile, the win moves Udinese within three points of a UEFA Europa League spot.

[Inter land Scudetto]

Roma 4-3 CataniaROMA 4-3 CATANIA
Christian Panucci's injury-time strike sealed a dramatic 4-3 victory for Roma in a thriller against Catania. The Giallorossi ran out winners in a breathless encounter at the Stadio Olimpico, Panucci popping up with the winner in the 91st minute when he connected with David Pizzarro's cross to tap home from close range. The match had always looked likely to produce fireworks after three goals in four minutes had put Roma 2-1 up within the first quarter-of-an-hour, Simone Perotta and Mirko Vucinic netting either side of a strike from Giacomo Tedesco. Perotta then made it 3-1 on the half-hour, but Giuseppe Mascara pulled one back almost immediately after the restart and Takayuki Morimoto equalised with 20 minutes to go. Panucci was to have the final say, though, as the hosts consolidated their UEFA Europa League spot in sixth position.

[Saturday 16 May] - [Sunday 17 May]

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