Saturday, 20 February 2010

Serie A - Week 25: Saturday Review

Inter had to survive for more than 50 minutes with nine men, but still managed a goalless draw at home to Sampdoria to move eight points clear at the top of Serie A. Meanwhile Genoa eased to a 3-0 win over Udinese in the day's other game.

Inter 0-0 Sampdoria
Inter extended their lead at the top of Serie A to eight points with a goalless home draw against Sampdoria, but the scoreline could not begin to tell the full story of a game that included three red cards. Walter Samuel, already booked, was first to go after a last-man challenge on Nicola Pozzi on the half-hour mark and his centre-back partner, Ivan Cordoba, followed soon after for a second bookable offence. However, Sampdoria failed to capitalise on their numerical superiority and then had a man sent off themselves 17 minutes from time when Giampaolo Pazzini was shown his second yellow by referee Paolo Tagliavento. The game's best chance fell to Samuel Eto'o, who fashioned an opening after Pazzini's dismissal but only shot straight at Marco Storari. Inter held on and the draw means Jose Mourinho secured his 130th home league match without defeat, a record stretching since 23 February 2002 across spells with Porto, Chelsea and Inter.

Genoa 3-0 Udinese
Genoa ran out comfortable 3-0 victors against 10-man Udinese at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris to move up to seventh in Serie A. Robert Acquafresca opened the scoring on the half-hour mark before doubling his tally via the penalty spot eight minutes after the break. Cristian Zapata's dismissal after 57 minutes presented Udinese with even more of an uphill struggle and Rodrigo Palacio put the result beyond doubt after 64 minutes. The result leaves the visitors just one point above the relegation zone.

[Saturday 20 February] - [Sunday 21 February]

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