Saturday, 20 March 2010

Serie A - Week 29: Saturday Review

AC Milan can go top of Serie A for the first time this season if they defeat Napoli on Sunday after leaders Inter were held 1-1 at Palermo. Third-placed Roma moved to within four points of the summit with a 4-2 win over Udinese while Fiorentina beat Genoa 3-0 in the race for Europe.

Palermo 1-1 Inter
Inter could lose their place at the top of Serie A on Sunday after being held to a 1-1 draw by Palermo. Diego Milito put the Nerazzurri in front after 10 minutes, but Edison Cavani replied for the Sicilians midway through the first half. Both sides had chances to win an entertaining game, but a draw was ultimately the fair result and one which gives AC Milan the chance to move to the top of the pile by beating Napoli on Sunday. Meanwhile, Roma, who Inter face next weekend after hosting Livorno in midweek, are now just four points behind as the Serie A title battle opens up into a three-horse race. The point also takes Palermo two points ahead of Juventus in the race for the fourth Champions League spot.

Roma 4-2 Udinese
Mirko Vucinic struck a hat-trick against Udinese to keep Roma firmly in the hunt for the Serie A title. The Montenegro international scored the Romans' last three goals in a 4-2 triumph to pull his team to within four points of league leaders Inter. Luca Toni gave Roma a 15th-minute lead and then Vucinic grabbed his first midway through the opening half. Antonio Di Natale, Serie A's leading scorer, reduced the arrears from the penalty spot before the break and equalised shortly after the hour mark. But Vucinic then took centre stage, putting the hosts back ahead with a spot-kick after 66 minutes before knocking in his third with eight minutes remaining to ensure victory for his team. The outcome left Roma third in the standings, four points behind Inter and two points behind second-placed Milan. Claudio Ranieri's men travel to Bologna in midweek before welcoming Inter on Saturday. Meanwhile, the defeat kept Udinese on 31 points - seven clear of third-bottom Livorno.

Fiorentina 3-0 Genoa
Fiorentina climbed above Cagliari to revive their hopes of qualifying for Europe next season thanks to a comfortable 3-0 win over rivals Genoa. Mario Santana put the Viola ahead after four minutes before a disputable penalty allowed Alberto Gilardino to double their advantage 17 minutes from time. The first goal in Serie A for 17-year-old forward Khouma El Babacar rounded off the win late on as Genoa continued their terrible form away from home to remain in seventh position, two points adrift of the top six and now only one ahead of Fiorentina.

[Saturday 20 March] - [Sunday 21 March]

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