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Friday, October 26, 2007

Serie A Giornata/Week 9: 27-28 October


Here are the fixtures for Giornata/Week 9 in the Serie A. Coming into this week Internazionale is top of the table, with Juventus closely behind in second place. Both teams will meet in Torino next Sunday.

Saturday, 27 October

Torino 2 x Cagliari 0. Two nascent talents, Alessandro Rosina and Pasquale Foggia, faced off in a potential relegation fixture in Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino. Rosina scored in the 71st minute for Toro, and late in the game, Michele Ferri scored an "autogol" for the Sardinians. This was a much needed win for Torino.

Napoli 3 x Juventus 1. This great historic rivalry resumed in the Serie A at the raucous San Paolo. Juve was without Pavel Nedved. Marcelo Zalayeta and Manuele Blasi of Napoli faced their long-time club for the first time. All the fireworks came in the second half. Alex Del Piero scored for Juve, but than Maurizio Domizzi scored from the spot after a dubious foul by Giorgio Chiellini. He was followed by a great solo run by Walter Gargano, and then a second penalty kick by Domizzi when Marcelo Zalayeta was taken down by Gigi Buffon. This was the Azzurri's first Serie A victory over the Bianconeri since 1990, and was the second time this season that Juventus was called for two penalty kicks. Is this the "Moggi effect," because it never happened before in their entire history?

For a slow motion video clip of the controversial penalties, please click here. Thank you, Enzo Giovanni, for sending this to me.

Sunday, 28 October

AC Milan 0 x AS Roma 1. Both teams have been struggling domestically. Francesco Totti was injured for this important fixture. Paolo Maldini made his second start for the Rossoneri, but Mirko Vucinic scored the game winner in the 72nd minute to further the home woes of AC Milan.

Catania 2 x Sampdoria 0. Could Claudio Bellucci maintain his recent good form for Samp? It was not to be today in Sicily as Giuseppe Mascara and Juan Martinez scored first half goals for the Elephants. Antonio Cassano of Samp departed the game in the 39th minute due to another muscular injury.

Empoli 0 x Atalanta 1. Luca Saudati of Empoli, who scored the game winner last week against Milan, will meet his former team, and Atalanta is winless since giornata 4. Atalanta, with a goal by Cristiano Doni late in the game, take the 3 points in Tuscany.

Lazio 0 x Udinese 1. Can the attacking trident of Gyan Asamoah, Fabio Quagliarella, and Toto Di Natale break through at the Stadio Olimpico? Last year, Lazio won both games in routs, but such was not to be the case today. Gyan Asamoah of Udinese continues his scintillating form with a goal in the 79th minute for another important away win for the Friuliani.

Palermo 0 x Inter Milan 0. Can Inter maintain their 3 point advantage over Juve? The Sicilians are always tough to beat at home. A hard-fought draw in Sicily still sees Inter with a 4 point cushion over Juventus.

Parma 3 x Livorno 2. Parma had lost their last three, and Livorno has yet to win a game while propping up the Serie A table. Morrone scored first, and Francesco Tavano had a brace for Parma. Massimo Paci and Domenico Morfeo scored for the Amaranto who fell to their fifth straight defeat.

Siena 0 x Reggina 0. Another potential relegation battle. The Calabrians, on 4 points, have not won a game yet, and Siena has only 6 points. Nothing much changed after this draw.

Genoa 0 x Fiorentina 0. Marco Borriello and Marco Di Vaio of Genoa met the Viola strike force of Adrian Mutu, Bobo Vieiri, Marco Semioli, and Giampaolo Pazzini. Good saves by Sebastian Frey allowed La Viola to escape with a point.

2 comments:

Enzo Giovanni said...

Video of penalties awarded to Napoli in SLOW MOTION here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8u35qWBiuA
This is just ridiculous!!!

Steve Amoia said...

Enzo:

Thank you for that video clip.
I will post it for others to see.

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