Sunday 7 December 2008

Serie A - Week 15: Sunday Review

Lecce 1-2 JuventusA last-gasp effort from Amauri gave Juventus a 2-1 win at Lecce that takes them back to within six points of leaders Inter, while AC Milan kept pace by overcoming Catania. Elsewhere Genoa took the derby honours, Fiorentina thumped Torino, Napoli beat Siena and Udinese's recent slump continues.

An 89th-minute goal from Amauri saw Juventus snatch a dramatic 2-1 victory at Lecce to cut Inter's advantage at the Serie A summit back to six points. Lecce substitute Daniele Cacia looked to have earned a point for the hosts when he struck seven minutes from time to cancel out a free-kick by Sebastian Giovinco, who was making only his third league start of the season. But Brazilian Amauri had the last word, heading home Paolo De Ceglie's cross a minute from time to secure the points at the Stadio Via del Mare and keep Lecce just one point above the drop zone.

AC Milan 1-0 CataniaAC MILAN 1-0 CATANIA
AC Milan narrowed the gap on Serie A leaders Inter to six points thanks to a hard-earned win over Catania. Ricardo Kaka scored the only goal of the game on the hour mark after it had looked like Carlo Ancelotti's side were going to come away with only a point. Despite all their chances, they struggled to beat Albano Bizzarri until a fortunate deflection finally defeated the Catania goalkeeper to keep Milan in a share of second place with Juventus, their opponents in Turin next weekend.

Sampdoria 0-1 GenoaSAMPDORIA 0-1 GENOA
A goal from Serie A's top scorer Diego Milito decided the Derby della Lanterna as the 'away' team Genoa beat their hosts Sampdoria. The Stadio Luigi Ferraris has been a happy hunting ground for Genoa this season and, even as the nominal visitors, they maintained their unbeaten record there thanks to Milito's 50th-minute header. Sampdoria had two goals disallowed in an action-packed second half after the first 45 minutes had disappointed. The win lifts the Rossoblu up to sixth in the table with Samp still struggling in 15th.

Torino 1-4 FiorentinaTORINO 1-4 FIORENTINA
Fiorentina inflicted a ninth Serie A defeat of the season on struggling Torino with an emphatic 4-1 victory at Turin's Stadio Olimpico. The Viola took an early lead through Adrian Mutu before Alberto Gilardino doubled the visitors' advantage. Zdravko Kuzmanovic made it three after the break and, although Alessandro Rosina pulled a goal back from the penalty spot, Gilardino bagged his second late on to restore Fiorentina's three-goal cushion. The heavy loss leaves under-pressure Toro coach Gianni De Biasi's future in real doubt.

Napoli 2-0 SienaNAPOLI 2-0 SIENA
Napoli got back to winning ways in Serie A as second-half goals from Christian Maggio and substitute German Denis saw off Siena 2-0. The hosts had seen their six-game winning run in Serie A end with a draw at the hands of Cagliari last time out at the Stadio Sao Paolo - but this result puts Napoli back on track.

Atalanta 3-0 UdineseATALANTA 3-0 UDINESE
Udinese's alarming slide continued at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia where they were brushed aside by a merciless Atalanta side. Christian Vieri and Cristiano Doni struck late on after Jaime Valdes had broken the deadlock with his second goal of the season. The result means Atalanta climb and Udinese remain in ninth despite the defeat being their fifth successive Serie A loss.

Cagliari 1-0 PalermoCAGLIARI 1-0 PALERMO
A controversial Michele Fini goal was enough to earn Cagliari a 1-0 victory over Palermo in the Derby della Isole in Sardinia. Fini's 34th-minute strike had the visiting Sicilians screaming for offside but the referee waved their complaints away and despite the their second-half domination they could not find the equaliser. It meant that it was a miserable return to his former club for Palermo coach Davide Ballardini, whose team remain in 11th spot. Cagliari are now level on points with Palermo following their third 1-0 home victory on the trot.

Reggina 2-2 BolognaREGGINA 2-2 BOLOGNA
Strugglers Reggina and Bologna played out an entertaining 2-2 draw in Reggio di Calabria, although a point apiece was not enough to see either side climb out of the Serie A relegation zone. Bologna will be the happier of the two after twice coming from behind to claim a share of the spoils. Bernardo Corradi and Edgar Barreto scored for Reggina with Francesco Valiani and Marco Di Vaio replying for the visitors with all four goals coming in a frantic 20-minute spell either side of half-time.

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