Saturday, 6 October 2007

Serie A Week 7: Saturday Review

Inter stretched their lead at the top of Serie A to four points after a 2-1 win against Napoli at the San Siro on a night when nothing could separate Atalanta and Udinese in Bergamo.

Julio Cruz was twice on target for the defending champions as the Nerazzurri threatened to take an early stranglehold on the match not to mention the title race. Fresh from Tuesday's match-winning performance against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League Zlatan Ibrahimovic was again influential and the Swedish international set up the opening goal on 20 minutes when he drew four defenders before teeing up the unmarked Cruz to score from close range.

Cruz, who scored in the 4-1 win at Roma last week, doubled his tally when he sprung the offside trap, controlled a long ball and rifled in the second (36) to give the league leaders breathing space. However, if Cruz was harbouring thoughts of a hat-trick, it was another Argentinian who stole his thunder six minutes from time as Napoli's Roberto Sosa headed in to set up a tense finale. However, there was to be no equaliser and Inter held on to lead the Italian championship with 17 points from seven games.

Riccardo Zampagna missed a penalty in the last 10 minutes as Atalanta were held to a goalless draw by Udinese on a frustrating evening at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia.

The home side had the better chances of the game and should have put the result beyond their guests in the first half when Fernando Tissone and Antonio Langella both shone. And they had a golden opportunity with just nine minutes remaining when they were awarded a rather fortunate spot-kick, but Zampagna could not convert and the spoils were shared

[Saturday 6 Oct] - [Sunday 7 Oct]

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