Saturday 1 December 2007

Serie A Week 14: Saturday Review

AC Milan remain winless at San Siro in Serie A this season after a 0-0 draw against Juventus while Sampdoria managed their sixth league win of the season against Reggina.

There were no goals at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza but there was plenty of action at either end in an entertaining match. The visitors came closest to taking the lead on eleven minutes when David Trezeguet hit the post, while Dida was at full stretch to deny a fierce Hasan Salihamidzic strike shortly after the break. Gianluigi Buffon also excelled in the Juve goal thwarting a second-half Kaka volley and saving Filippo Inzaghi's late effort with his legs, while Paolo Maldini's last-minute effort beat the Italy goalkeeper only to whistle over the bar. The Bianconeri are in second place, two points behind leaders Inter. Milan, meanwhile, are provisionally in seventh place.

An Antonio Cassano-inspired Sampdoria defeated Reggina 3-0, allowing coach Walter Mazzarri to celebrate a win over the club he led to safety last season. Cassano set up Claudio Bellucci for the first goal after only five minutes and was the liveliest player on the pitch before Paolo Sammarco doubled matters 10 minutes into the second half. Cassano was involved in a more unsavoury moment with Reggina coach Renzo Ulivieri shortly after and, while Ulivieri was sent off, Cassano's game also ended at that point as Mazzarri withdrew him as a precautionary measure before he too saw a red card. Reggina defender Maurizio Lanzaro was not spared such a fate as he was sent off just a minute before Bellucci grabbed his second and Samp's third in the 76th minute to take the Genovese club up to sixth in Serie A. Reggina sink further into trouble towards the bottom.

[Saturday 1 Dec] - [Sunday 2 Dec]

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