Sunday, 27 September 2009

Serie A - Week 6: Sunday Review

Juventus 1-1 BolognaAn injury time equaliser earned Bologna a 1-1 draw at Juventus, costing the Bianconeri a place at the top of Serie A. Cagliari, Napoli and Udinese were the only winners on a day which saw AC Milan struggle to a goalless home draw.

Juventus 1-1 Bologna
Bologna striker Adailton scored three minutes into injury time as they drew 1-1 with Juventus to prevent their hosts going top of Serie A. With Sampdoria having beaten champions Inter, Juve could have replaced the Blucerchiati atop the standings with a win and seemed well placed when David Trezeguet put them ahead after 24 minutes. But Bologna never gave up and salvaged a deserved point when Adailton converted Pablo Osvaldo's late cross. After starting the season with four straight wins it was the second draw in a row for Ciro Ferrara's team, who were held 2-2 at Genoa in midweek.

Milan 0-0 BariMilan 0-0 Bari
Marco Storari saved AC Milan from yet another embarrassing defeat as they only just managed to hold a lively Bari to a goalless draw at the San Siro on Sunday evening. The Apulian side attacked from start to finish and will wonder how they did not manage to come away from Milan with all three points as the Rossoneri once again disappointed in front of their own fans, who let their feelings known at the final whistle. The draw leaves Leonardo's men seven points behind league leaders Sampdoria in the wrong half of the table with Bari just one point further behind.

Udinese 2-0 GenoaUdinese 2-0 Genoa
Two late goals gave Udinese all three points as they leapfrogged opponents Genoa in Serie A thanks to a 2-0 victory. Antonio Di Natale netted his eighth goal in six games in the 82nd minute to unlock a tight game at the Stadio Friuli, before Simone Pepe secured all three points one minute from the end. The result takes the Bianconeri up to fifth while Genoa, who have now picked up just one point in their last three games, drop to sixth, five points adrift of their city rivals Sampdoria, who lead the way at the top.

Catania 1-1 RomaCatania 1-1 Roma
Daniele De Rossi's last-gasp equaliser handed Claudio Ranieri's Roma a share of the spoils from a 1-1 draw in Catania. The Sicilian outfit thought they had claimed their first triumph of the campaign courtesy of Takayuki Morimoto's first-half goal, only for De Rossi to ruin the party deep in stoppage time. Catania finished the game a man light after substitute Gennaro Delvecchio was handed his marching orders for dissent soon after his former club restored parity.

Lazio 1-1 PalermoLazio 1-1 Palermo
A late goal from Mauro Zarate spared Lazio's blushes at the Stadio Olimpico as the Romans salvaged a point from a 1-1 draw against Palermo. The hosts looked to be heading for their third consecutive home defeat of the season following substitute Edison Cavani's 75th-minute opener for Palermo. But Zarate popped up in the final five minutes to snatch a share of the spoils for Lazio.

Napoli 2-1 SienaNapoli 2-1 Siena
Marek Hamsik struck twice in the second half at the Stadio San Paolo to hand Napoli a second win of the season, 2-1 at the expense of struggling Siena, and ease the pressure on coach Roberto Donadoni. Massimo Maccarone brought Siena level after 55 minutes after Hamsik's opener but the Slovakian's second sealed the win that leaves the visitors just above the relegation zone with four points from six Serie A outings. Donadoni's position had come under scrutiny following three defeats in five matches but, having received the unequivocal support of club President Aurelio De Laurentiis, the former Italy boss saw his side pick up a much-needed win.

Parma 0-2 CagliariParma 0-2 Cagliari
Cagliari secured back-to-back Serie A wins with a solid 2-0 victory over Parma to underline the belief they have finally kick-started their season. Jeda got them off to the perfect start with his seventh-minute goal and Daniele Dessena doubled his side's advantage shortly before the hour mark. It brings to an end Parma's impressive record of not having tasted defeat at the Stadio Ennio Tardini since May 2008 and is a fantastic result for the Sardinians, who before Wednesday's victory over Bari had lost all of their opening four fixtures.

Chievo 1-1 AtalantaChievo 1-1 Atalanta
Antonio Conte picked up his second point in as many games in charge but his Atalanta side continue the search for their first win of the Serie A season after a 1-1 draw with Chievo at the Stadio Marc' Antonio Bentegodi. Simone Tiribocchi broke the deadlock for the visitors, but their lead lasted just five minutes with Sergio Pellissier hitting back for Chievo. The draw was not enough to move Atalanta out of the bottom three, while Chievo sit eighth in the standings.

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