Saturday, 19 April 2008

Serie A Week 34: Saturday Review

Roma's title hopes suffered a blow when they were held 1-1 at home by relegation-threatened Livorno. In Saturday's other game, Fiorentina beat Palermo to move seven points clear in fourth spot and tighten their grip on Champions League football.

Roma's ambitions of winning the Scudetto suffered a setback as they were held to a 1-1 draw by bottom side Livorno at the Stadio Olimpico. Mirko Vucinic had given Roma the lead shortly before the hour mark and although the Giallorossi enjoyed a hatful of chances to kill the game off, it was Livorno that found the back of the net thanks to substitute Alessandro Diamanti's free-kick with seven minutes remaining. Roma still had a chance to grab three points but Marco Amelia made a stunning late save from Daniele De Rossi's close-range header to earn his team a point. The result leaves Roma three points behind leaders Inter, who play on Sunday at Torino. The hosts were also hit before half-time when captain Francesco Totti was forced to leave the pitch following a recurrence of a knee injury.

Marco Donadel grabbed the only goal with a stunning shot after 29 minutes to give Fiorentina a boost ahead of Thursday's UEFA Cup semi-final against Glasgow Rangers. An inconsistent Palermo had Leandro Rinaudo sent off for a second booking midway through the second half but almost salvaged a draw when Mark Bresciano hit the post. Earlier Adrian Mutu also hit the post for the home side but the result helps La Viola move seven points clear of AC Milan and Sampdoria and tighten their grip on the final Champions League qualifying spot.

[Saturday 19 Apr] - [Sunday 20 Apr]

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