Saturday, 12 December 2009

Serie A - Week 16: Saturday Review

Bari 3-1 JuventusJuventus' miserable week continued as they were thumped 3-1 on their Serie A travels to Bari just days after crashing out of the UEFA Champions League. In the day's other game, Cagliari and Napoli shared a six-goal thriller in Sardinia.

Bari 3-1 Juventus
Juventus followed up their midweek Champions League elimination by Bayern Munich with another defeat at Bari as the Bianconeri miss the opportunity to put pressure on Serie A leaders Inter. Riccardo Meggiorini put Bari ahead after seven minutes only for David Trezeguet to bring Juve level midway through the first half. Paulo Barreto ensured Bari led at the interval as he earned and scored a penalty. The home side then survived a deluge of pressure and a Diego penalty before former Juve midfielder Sergio Almiron sealed the win to lift them to fifth. Juve remain five points adrift of Inter, who can move eight points clear on Sunday, but the defeat heaps further pressure on under-fire coach Ciro Ferrara.

Cagliari 3-3 NapoliCagliari 3-3 Napoli
Alessandro Matri scored for the seventh successive game but Cagliari were denied a stunning win as Mariano Bogliacino struck a leveller for Napoli in the sixth minute of stoppage time. Matri struck 10 minutes from time to equal the record set by Italy great Gigi Riva at the Sardinian club 38 years ago before Jeda put the hosts in front in stoppage time as they scored three times in the final 15 minutes. Joaquin Larrivey had scored before Matri and Jeda's efforts after Ezequiel Lavezzi and Michele Pazienza had put Napoli, who are still unbeaten since Walter Mazzarri took over as coach two months ago, 2-0 up. Lavezzi showed his frustration at his side throwing away a two-goal lead in stoppage time by racing to the sideline to kick a loose ball at Cagliari coach Massimiliano Allegri, who he felt was wasting time. The Argentinian was shown a red card as tempers erupted but the visitors then claimed a last-gasp equaliser through Bogliacino.

[Saturday 12 December] - [Sunday 13 December]

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