Sunday 14 September 2008

Serie A - Week 2: Sunday Review

Genoa 2-0 MilanAC Milan are still without a point in Serie A after they were beaten 2-0 at Genoa as pressure grows on coach Carlo Ancelotti. Elsewhere Lazio and Atalanta set the pace with two wins out of two, Napoli came from behind to beat Fiorentina and a late Amauri goal helps Juventus break down Udinese.

The pressure increased on Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti as his side fell to their second consecutive Serie A defeat, losing 2-0 at Genoa. A goal from Giuseppe Sculli after half an hour and a penalty from the returning Diego Milito in second-half injury time decided the game in favour of a lively home team who, like Milan, had spent a lot of money in the transfer market this summer, but appear to be getting a better return on their investment. A tired Ronaldinho and disorientated Andriy Shevchenko lasted just 45 minutes as Milan's star ensemble, including a subdued Ricardo Kaka, failed to impress once again, leaving Ancelotti struggling to find any more excuses for his side's abject start to the season.

Juventus 1-0 UdineseJUVENTUS 1-0 UDINESE
Juventus moved into a share of third place in Serie A thanks to a 1-0 win over Udinese in Sunday's evening clash. The Bianconeri hit the woodwork twice and were good value for their win, which was earned by an Amauri goal in the 67th minute. Udinese were never in the game and could have no complaints about leaving Turin empty-handed with Italy striker Antonio Di Natale rarely seeing the ball.

Lazio 2-0 SampdoriaLAZIO 2-0 SAMPDORIA
Lazio continued their fine start to the season with a comfortable win over Sampdoria at the Stadio Olimpico. After putting four goals past Cagliari in the opening game of the Serie A campaign two weeks ago there was an expectant crowd awaiting the home side in Rome, and they were treated to a goal after just seven minutes from Mauro Zarate. Sampdoria had done well in their curtain raiser against Inter, holding the champions to a 1-1 draw, but they failed to find an equaliser here and it was left to Goran Pandev to seal the win with a strike 19 minutes from time.

Napoli 2-1 FiorentinaNAPOLI 2-1 FIORENTINA
Adrian Mutu marked his return from injury with a goal but it was not enough to prevent Fiorentina from slipping to a 2-1 defeat against Napoli. Mutu gave the Viola a half-time lead but second-half goals from Marek Hamsik and former Fiorentina winger Christian Maggio ensured all three points remained in Naples.

Bologna 0-1 AtalantaBOLOGNA 0-1 ATALANTA
Tiberio Guarente bagged his first Serie A goal to continue Atalanta's 100 per cent per cent start to the season and bring Bologna back to earth following their opening-day win at AC Milan. The midfielder struck the only goal of the game after nine minutes as the visitors claimed their second 1-0 win in a row.

Lecce 2-0 ChievoLECCE 2-0 CHIEVO
Second-half strikes from Fabio Caserta and Jose Castillo gave Lecce their first win of the season at the Stadio Via del Mare. Caserta headed the opening goal two minutes after half-time before substitute Castillo notched his first ever Serie A goal to ensure a comfortable win in the battle of the newly-promoted teams.

Reggina 1-1 TorinoREGGINA 1-1 TORINO
Nicola Amoruso scored on his return to Reggina but it was not enough to maintain Torino's 100 per cent start to the new season. The 34-year old joined the Turin side this summer after three successful seasons in Reggio Calabria, and as so often happens, he duly netted against his former employers, putting the visitors ahead after 13 minutes. But an own goal from Marco Di Loreto two minutes before half-time enabled Reggina to pick up their first point of the campaign.

Siena 2-0 CagliariSIENA 2-0 CAGLIARI
Cagliari's dismal start to the season continued as their second defeat leaves them still without a point at the bottom of the table. Emanuele Calaio's 10th minute opener saw Siena get off to the best possible start and despite the visitors' best efforts they could not find an equaliser. And any hopes Cagliari had of snatching a point went out the window deep into injury time when Abdelkader Ghezzal netted the second on his debut. The Sardinians only narrowly avoided relegation last season and are still to record any points this season, having been humiliated 4-1 by Lazio in their season opener.

[Saturday 13 Sep] - [Sunday 14 Sep]

1 comment:

  1. Milan were so shit! can't wait till ancelotti gets the sack. Lazio have made an impressive start, they'll make top 6 for sure.

    Serie A looks like it will be a lot more exciting than the EPL this year.