Saturday, 6 February 2010

Serie A - Week 23: Saturday Review

Juventus lost further ground on Serie A's leading pack as they were held 1-1 away to lowly Livorno, while Palermo moved above the Bianconeri with a late winner against Parma.

Livorno 1-1 Juventus
Livorno wrote the next sorry chapter in Juventus' season by holding them to a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Armando Picchi. Antonio Filippini gave the home side a deserved lead after 26 minutes before Nicola Legrottaglie equalised three minutes from the interval to secure a second consecutive 1-1 result for Juventus under new coach Alberto Zaccheroni. The visitors lacked ideas and risked losing the game, especially after Felipe Melo's dismissal left them with 10 men for the final eight minutes. Juve drop down to sixth but they could end the weekend as low as 10th if results elsewhere go against them on Sunday.

Palermo 2-1 Parma
Palermo closed in on the top four thanks to a 2-1 victory over Parma as they upset Francesco Guidolin on his return to the Stadio Renzo Barbera. Guidolin struggled to fight back the tears as he emerged to a very warm welcome from the Palermo fans, who recognised his efforts during four different spells with the club. Edison Cavani put the home side ahead after just over an hour, but Jonathan Biabiany caused an uproar when he equalised 10 minutes later while several Palermo players had stopped for a player who was down injured. It looked like it might be enough for the Parma coach to celebrate his return to Sicily with a point, but a late winner from substitute Fabio Simplicio ensured Palermo are now just a point behind fourth-place Napoli.

[Saturday 6 February] - [Sunday 7 February]

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