Saturday 7 March 2009

Serie A - Week 27: Saturday Review

Genoa0-2 InterInter maintained their seven-point lead at the Serie A summit after their 2-0 success away to in-form Genoa was coupled with Juventus earning a late 1-0 victory in the Turin derby away to Torino. Ten-man Roma were held at home by Udinese.

Inter remain seven points clear of Juventus at the top of Serie A after becoming the first team to beat UEFA Champions League-chasing Genoa at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris this season. Zlatan Ibrahimovic put Jose Mourinho's side ahead after just two minutes with Mario Balotelli sealing the three points after an hour against a wasteful Genoa. Inter paid a heavy price for the win, though, as they lost two key players for Wednesday's Champions League last-16 return leg at Manchester United. Defenders Marco Materazzi and Nicolas Burdisso both limped off in the first half and are serious doubts for midweek.

Torino 0-1 JuventusTORINO 0-1 JUVENTUS
Juventus edged past Torino 1-0 to take the honours in the Turin derby and keep up the pressure on Serie A leaders Inter. Giorgio Chiellini scored the only goal nine minutes from time to earn Juve their third win in four league matches. Claudio Ranieri's men, who host Chelsea in the Champions League on Tuesday, remain seven points behind Inter with 11 games remaining. Torino remain perilously close to the drop zone though, and will slip into the bottom three if results go against them on Sunday.

Roma 1-1 UdineseROMA 1-1 UDINESE
Ten-man Roma came from behind to earn a point after a 1-1 draw with Udinese at the Stadio Olimpico. Felipe put the visitors ahead after 54 minutes, but substitute Mirko Vucinic replied seven minutes later to level the score. Roma shot themselves on the foot after Daniele De Rossi was sent off with 20 minutes remaining after a second bookable offence. The Eternal City outfit did their best to claim a winner but Udinese defended deeply as the Giallorossi failed to move above Fiorentina into fourth position. The outcome leaves Luciano Spalletti's side, who welcome Arsenal in the Champions League on Wednesday, level on points with fifth-placed Genoa.

[Saturday 7 Mar] - [Sunday 8 Mar]

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