Saturday, 30 January 2010

Serie A - Week 22: Saturday Review

Bari climbed up to seventh place in Serie A after a thrilling 4-2 victory over 10-man Palermo, while Napoli missed the chance to go second after a goalless draw with Genoa.

Bari 4-2 Palermo
Bari leapt five places to seventh in Serie A after defeating 10-man Palermo 4-2 at the Stadio San Nicola. Leonardo Bonucci and Edgar Alvarez gave the hosts a two-goal lead within the first seven minutes, but strikes from Edison Cavani and wonder goal from Javier Pastore either side of half time brought Palermo level. A red card to midfielder Fabio Liverani after 56 minutes tipped the scales back in Bari's favour before a penalty from Paulo Barreto and a fourth goal from Vladimir Koman earned them all three points to get them back in the reckoning for a place in Europe next season. The result takes them to just two points behind the fifth-placed Palermo, who had a seven-match unbeaten run.

Napoli 0-0 Genoa
Napoli missed the chance to move up to second in Serie A as they were held to a 0-0 draw at the Stadio San Paolo by their bogey team Genoa. Napoli have not beaten Genoa since both sides returned to the top flight of Italian football two-and-a-half years ago, while their last home victory over the Ligurians dates back over a decade to when the clubs were in Serie B. And this proved to be a frustrating night for Walter Mazzarri's side, who dominated the encounter and created plenty of chances with Paolo Cannavaro striking the woodwork. The stalemate did at least extend Napoli's unbeaten run to 15 games and move them them to share of third spot with Roma, while Genoa remain in eighth.

[Saturday 30 January] - [Sunday 31 January]

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