Saturday, 27 March 2010

Serie A - Week 31: Saturday Review

Roma have closed the gap at the top of Serie A to just a single point after beating Inter 2-1 at the Stadio Olimpico, while a Fabrizio Miccoli hat-trick gave Palermo a 3-1 win against Bologna that puts them four points clear in fourth spot.

Roma 2-1 Inter
Luca Toni struck with 18 minutes remaining to lift title-chasing Roma to a 2-1 victory over Serie A leaders Inter. After Daniele De Rossi opened the scoring for Roma with only 17 minutes on the clock, Inter were unlucky not to pull level as Walter Samuel and Diego Milito were denied by the crossbar either side of half-time. But Jose Mourinho's men were finally rewarded when Milito equalised soon after the hour mark with a goal that should have been ruled out for offside. However, Inter's joy was short-lived as Toni struck the winner with 17 minutes remaining to send the Stadio Olimpico fans into raptures. With Roma's fans already celebrating, Milito almost ruined the party when he struck the post in the fifth minute of stoppage time. The result has left Claudio Ranieri's Roma in second place and just one point behind four-time defending champions Inter with seven games remaining.

Palermo 3-1 Bologna
Fabrizio Miccoli fired a hat-trick to give Palermo's bid for a Champions League place renewed impetus with victory over Bologna. Fourth-placed Palermo had failed to win in their previous three league games to allow the chasing pack to close in on the fourth Champions League qualifying place they occupy. Miccoli fired Delio Rossi's men ahead after 10 minutes, but their poor form resurfaced after 38 minutes when Martins Adailton curled in a free-kick after he had been needlessly fouled. The Rosanero's frustration at allowing an equaliser was short-lived as Miccoli put them back ahead from the penalty spot four minutes later before wrapping up his hat-trick 11 minutes from the end. The result moves Palermo four points clear of fifth-placed Sampdoria and a further point ahead of both Napoli and Juventus.

[Saturday 27 March] - [Sunday 28 March]

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