Saturday, 23 January 2010

Serie A - Week 21: Saturday Review

Juventus 1-2 RomaClaudio Ranieri's return to Turin with Roma proved triumphant thanks to an added-time winner which earned the Giallorossi a 2-1 win and inflicted a third successive Serie A defeat on Juventus. In the day's other game, Catania secured a 3-0 home win against Parma.

Juventus 1-2 Roma
Former Juventus coach Claudio Ranieri returned to haunt his old club and pile the misery on his successor Ciro Ferrara as Roma ran out 2-1 winners at the Stadio Olimpico. Alessandro Del Piero volleyed the home side in front from a tight angle six minutes into the second half, but Francesco Totti equalised from the penalty spot after Fabio Grosso fouled Rodrigo Taddei on 68 minutes. Juve lost goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to a red card after 83 minutes for taking down John Arne Riise before the Norwegian clinched the points for Roma deep in stoppage time to take them to within two points of second-placed AC Milan and leave Juve at risk of dropping as low as eighth this weekend.

Catania 3-0 ParmaCatania 3-0 Parma
Catania raised their hopes of avoiding relegation this season with a thoroughly deserved victory over freefalling Parma at the Stadio Massimino. Giuseppe Mascara started the scoring on the quarter-hour mark with a powerful header but then fired wide from the penalty spot after Christian Panucci had been penalised for pulling Nicolas Spolli's shirt. Jorge Martinez doubled the lead after 71 minutes when he ran on to Mariano Izco's clever pass, while Japanese striker Takayuki Morimoto added a third six minutes later to seal an extremely comfortable win for the Sicilians, who move to within one point of safety at the bottom of the table. After a bright start on their return to the top-flight, Parma have lost four of their last five matches.

[Saturday 23 January] - [Sunday 24 January]

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