Saturday, 15 May 2010

Serie A - Week 38: Saturday Review

AC Milan coach Leonardo and Juventus counterpart Alberto Zaccheroni bid farewell in contrasting fashions on Saturday when the Brazilian's side eased to a 3-0 win in their final Serie A game of the season, while Lazio also finished on a high against Udinese.

AC Milan 3-0 Juventus
Third-placed AC Milan gave Leonardo a rousing send-off as they concluded their Serie A campaign with a 3-0 home win against Juventus. Leonardo, who announced on Friday that he would relinquish his role as Rossoneri coach after the visit of the Turin club, was able to celebrate the breakthrough goal on 14 minutes. Luca Antonini registered his first in Milan colours, beating Gianluigi Buffon with the aid of a significant deflection off the sliding Fabio Cannavaro. Ronaldinho doubled the lead after on the half-hour mark and then claimed his 12th league goal of the campaign midway through the second half, compounding Juventus' agony as they could only end what has been a disastrous season in seventh.

Lazio 3-1 Udinese
Lazio finished their season with a 3-1 win over 10-man Udinese to leapfrog their opponents and give their disappointing Serie A campaign a hint of respectability. Thomas Hitzlsperger put the Biancoceleste ahead after 15 minutes before Serie A top scorer Antonio Di Natale levelled on the half-hour mark with his 29th league goal of the season, but the game changed when Mauricio Isla saw red seven minutes later. Sergio Floccari then re-established the lead on the stroke of half-time and Cristian Brocchi completed the scoring seven minutes after the restart. It could have been more, too, but for an impressive debut from Venezuelan goalkeeper Rafael Romo.

[Saturday 15 May] - [Sunday 16 May]

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