Sunday 4 November 2007

Serie A Week 11: Sunday Review

An equaliser 13 minutes from time gave Juventus a 1-1 draw at home to Serie A leaders Inter while third-placed Roma were denied victory at lowly Empoli - who performed a stunning second half fightback.

Juventus winger Mauro Camoranesi fired home a 77th-minute equaliser to deny arch-rivals Inter a vital three points in the Derby d'Italia on Sunday night. A match billed as the biggest in Serie A so far this season seemed to be heading the way of the Serie A leaders when Julio Cruz put them in front four minutes before half-time. But substitute Camoranesi grabbed a leveller with 13 minutes to go to frustrate the Nerazzurri, whose lead at the top of the standings was cut to two points over the weekend following Fiorentina's 1-0 win at Lazio on Saturday night. Juve remain fourth, four points behind Inter.

Roma missed the chance to close the gap on Inter after squandering a 2-0 lead at Empoli. The Giallorossi looked in an unassailable position at half-time thanks to goals from Ludovic Giuly and Matteo Brighi. But the struggling hosts, and striker Ighli Vannucchi in particular, launched a fightback which was as impressive as it was unexpected. Vannucchi reduced the arrears midway through the second half and substitute Sebastian Giovinco snatched a last-gasp equaliser to deny the Romans from a free-kick. Roma remain in third, three points behind Inter.

Genoa were pegged back twice by Palermo as the two sides shared six goals at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris. The visitors were ahead after eight minutes through Edison Cavani and veteran goalkeeper Alberto Fontana kept the home side out until the 58th minute, when a Leon free-kick brought them level. Leon put the home side ahead for the first time in the 65th minute, but Franco Brienza levelled matters 10 minutes later. Marco Borriello thought he had won the game for Genoa in the 81st minute, but a header from Amauri in the last minute meant Palermo left with a point, thanks mainly to their irrepressible goalkeeper.

Udinese survived some anxious moments before extending their unbeaten run to eight games with a goalless draw at Livorno. The high flying northerners had been expected to crush the struggling Tuscans having seen off Torino and Lazio in their previous two matches, but things did not go according to plan.

Reggina came within seconds of registering their first win of the season - and handing new coach Renzo Ulivieri a debut win - only to be foiled at the death by Napoli's Ezequiel Lavezzi. The struggling Amaranto had taken a 55th-minute lead through Luca Vigiani's header. And with Reggina goalkeeper Andrea Campagnolo saving a 75th-minute penalty from substitute Emanuele Calaio, the visitors looked on course for their first success of what has been an awful season so far. But Lavezzi struck just before the end to keep the Calabrians firmly rooted to the bottom of the table while Napoli climb to seventh.

Sampdoria bounced back from their midweek mauling by AC Milan with a comprehensive three-goal victory over Cagliari despite being reduced to 10 men. Walter Mazzarri's side were hammered 5-0 at home by Milan last Wednesday but responded in positive fashion at the Stadio Sant'Elia. First-half goals from Sergio Volpi, Andrea Caracciolo and Christian Maggio sealed the points for the Blucerchiati who had Mirko Pieri sent off in the 68th minute.

Atalanta survived a late scare to secure a deserved win in an entertaining game at Catania. Cristiano Doni missed a penalty for the visitors in a goalless first period, but they seemed to be cruising to victory after two strikes in as many second-half minutes from Antonio Langella. Gionatha Spinesi brought the Sicilians back into the game with eight minutes remaining but they could not find an equaliser.

Daniele Galloppa's late equaliser earned strugglers Siena a point in a 2-2 draw at Parma. Parma looked to have sealed the win after substitute Davide Matteini struck for a 2-1 lead with 11 minutes remaining. But the visitors never gave up hope and Galloppa came to the rescue with his strike deflected by Marco Rossi finishing in the back of the net with seconds to go before the final whistle. Bernardo Corradi had given the Ducale club the lead midway through the first half but Siena pulled level after 33 minutes when Paolo De Ceglie struck. The result will be a relief for Siena coach Andrea Mandorlini, who went into the game desperately needing to avoid a defeat to save his job.

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