Serie A – Udinese 4-1 Siena

Lega Calcio – Udinese 4-1 Siena
Pepe 19, 43 (U), Calaio’ 40 (S), Sanchez 61 (U), Di Natale pen 80 (U)
Stadio Friuli

Udinese made short work of sorry Siena, who now slide closer towards Serie B.

This was a relegation battle, although the Friulani felt relatively safe after a recent upturn in results. Siena had four points from the last two rounds, both from remarkable comebacks, so were putting up a real fight to avoid dropping out of Serie A after seven years. Gaetano D’Agostino, Christian Obodo, Dusan Basta and Andrea Coda joined the suspended Cristian Zapata and Paolo Sammarco in the stands. Abdel Ghezzal and Aleandro Rosi also sat out bans, with Michele Fini and Francesco Parravicini sidelined.

Udinese had a strong start, as Gianluca Curci rushed off his line to close down Antonio Di Natale from an inspired Mauricio Isla pass, then the goalkeeper had to stop Emilson Sanchez Cribari scoring an own goal.

A corner kick found Maurizio Domizzi soaring above the crowd for a header that clipped the outside of the upright.

Emanuele Calaio’ thought he had opened the scoring with a looping header, but the flag had been raised for an offside position after 16 minutes.

The Friulani did break through at the 19th. A looping cross from the right by Isla found Simone Pepe’s towering header at the back post.

Samir Handanovic was at full stretch to palm a Simone Vergassola angled drive past the far post, but at the other end Cristian Del Grosso risked an own goal. Calaio’ rattled the woodwork with an acrobatic finish, but it wouldn’t have counted anyway due to an incorrect offside call.

Siena equalised before the break. Massimo Maccarone deserves much of the credit, as he pushed down the left flank and smartly pulled it back for the on-rushing Calaio’ to drill low into the far bottom corner.

However, some awful defending gifted Udinese with the lead again moments later. Isla robbed Albin Ekdal in the final third and Pepe was sent clear through the middle to score.

Sanchez made it 3-1 by finishing off after great work from Di Natale to slalom between defenders.

Marco Malago’ held back Sanchez in the area for a penalty 10 minutes from time. Di Natale stepped up and converted with his right foot to extend his lead at the top of the Capocannoniere charts.
Udinese: Handanovic; Ferronetti (Cuadrado 83), Domizzi, Lukovic, Pasquale (Badu 72); Isla, Inler, Asamoah; Sanchez, Di Natale, Pepe (Lodi 79)

Siena: Curci; Malagò, Cribari, Pratali, Del Grosso; Vergassola, Ekdal (Jarolim 55), Tziolis (Larrondo 66); Reginaldo (Jajalo 54), Calaiò, Maccarone

Ref: Rosetti

Bari 1-2 Napoli (Lega Calcio)

Bari 1-2 Napoli
Lavezzi 28, 57 (N), Almiron 75 (B)
Stadio San Nicola

A brace of Ezequiel Lavezzi stunners sank Bari at the Stadio San Nicola to get Napoli back on track.

Both sides were decimated going into this Derby del Sud. The home team missed Vitali Kutuzov, Emmanuel Rivas, Mariano Donda, Andrea Ranocchia, Antonio Langella, Riccardo Meggiorini, Marco Pisano and Andrea Sestu. Napoli’s Christian Maggio stayed behind with the banned trio of Fabio Quagliarella, Paolo Cannavaro and Salvatore Aronica. The visitors needed a boost after their 3-2 home loss to Parma.

Bari’s last win here was 2-0 in January 1998, but their total record at the San Nicola was of 11 victories, 13 draws and just nine defeats in all competition.

Nacho Castillo just failed to make contact with Riccardo Allegretti’s free kick across the face of goal.

German Denis should’ve given Napoli the lead after 13 minutes, but he horribly scuffed his angled drive from Ezequiel Lavezzi’s assist straight at Jean-Francois Gillet. Juan Zuniga also blasted over from a tight angle.

Napoli took the lead thanks to an absolute screamer from Lavezzi. He controlled outside the box and swung an unstoppable shot into the near top corner past Gillet’s outstretched hand.

Morgan De Sanctis had to rush off his line to anticipate Paulo Barreto after Hugo Campagnaro’s poor backpass on the stroke of half-time. His defence wasn’t helping him, as the Napoli goalkeeper needed the same to stop Castillo pouncing on a Leandro Rinaudo error.

After the restart De Sanctis again smothered an Allegretti strike and Napoli proved far more clinical with their chances.

Lavezzi gathered on the edge of the box and smacked another brilliant right-foot strike under the bar that Gillet could do precious little about, having pounced on Bonucci’s error.

Bari weren’t dead yet and put the result back in doubt 15 minutes from time. Sergio Almiron rose for a glancing header on an Alvarez cross that left De Sanctis stranded.

Moments later Sforzini just failed to get his toe to a low cross that flashed along the six-yard box, then as the move continued Masiello’s shot was charged down.

Michele Pazienza tried to play on after apparently fracturing his nose, but eventually had to leave the field.
Bari: Gillet; Belmonte, A Masiello, Bonucci, Parisi; Alvarez, Gazzi, De Vezze (Almiron 58), Allegretti (S Masiello 70); Barreto, Castillo (Sforzini 59)

Napoli: De Sanctis; Santacroce, Rinaudo, Grava; Campagnaro, Pazienza (Bogliacino 79), Gargano, Zuniga; Lavezzi, Hamsik; Denis (Dossena 84)

Ref: Bergonzi

Cagliari 2-2 Palermo (Lega Calcio)

Cagliari 2-2 Palermo
Cossu 28 (C), Jeda 87 (C), Miccoli 89 (P), Hernandez 95 (P)
Stadio Sant’Elia

Cagliari thought they had earned their first win since February on the debut of Coach Giorgio Melis, but Palermo wiped out a 2-0 gap in stoppages!

The Derby delle Isole meant a great deal for both clubs. Cagliari sacked Massimiliano Allegri this week after picking up just two points from nine games, although the more likely reason is he was ‘distracted’ by offers from top sides. Primavera youth team Coach Giorgio Melis made his debut with former player Gianluca Festa. The Rosanero were still in joint fourth place with Sampdoria and had to improve their away record to make it into the Champions League.

The Sardinians had Daniele Conti and Michele Canini suspended, plus Diego Lopez injured. The visitors missed Mark Bresciano, Fabio Simplicio, Cesare Bovo, Manuele Blasi and Giovanni Tedesco, but Fabrizio Miccoli was surprisingly benched.

Salvatore Sirigu got down to beat away a Daniele Dessena snapshot from distance. At the other end Federico Marchetti controlled at Edinson Cavani’s feet.

On 27 minutes Marchetti needed stunning reflexes to palm a Goian header on to the crossbar from Federico Balzaretti’s cross. It was a bullet header from point-blank range.

Moments later, Cagliari got the opening goal instead. A cross from the corner flag found Andrea Cossu’s wonderful volley, but it wouldn’t have beaten Sirigu without a large deflection off Goian.

Sirigu prevented a second by parrying Nene’s header soon after, while Cossu’s first touch let him down on the counter and allowed Simon Kjaer to clear.

On the stroke of half-time, Marchetti again got down very well to parry Goian’s towering header from a corner, as Cagliari struggled on set plays.

Sirigu took two attempts to get Nene’s right-foot effort under control. Javier Pastore’s powerful strike stung Marchetti’s palms from distance after a defensive error.

Goian’s diving header whistled wide, but it was Cagliari who put the result under lock and key in the final minutes.

Fabio Liverani’s error sparked a counter and Nelson Jeda kept his cool to place the angled drive across Sirigu into the far bottom corner.

Palermo didn’t give in and pulled one back moments later. Miccoli pounced on a loose ball in the box following a lucky deflection.

Incredibly, it was almost 2-2 after 60 seconds! Igor Budan forced Marchetti into a desperate save from point-blank range. At the other end Alessandro Matri’s right-foot shot was parried by Sirigu’s outstretched foot.

At the 93rd minute Giulio Migliaccio’s header from a Miccoli free kick cracked the crossbar!

Palermo got their equaliser in the final minute of injury time! Astori only got a touch to a cross from the right and Abel Hernandez rose for the header – the last kick of the game.
Cagliari: Marchetti; Pisano (Marzoratti 59), Astori, Ariaudo, Agostini; Dessena, Parola, Lazzari; Cossu (Jeda 77); Nene’, Ragatzu (Matri 57)

Palermo: Sirigu; Cassani, Kjaer, Goian, Balzaretti; Migliaccio, Liverani (Budan 89), Nocerino (Bertolo 80); Pastore; Hernandez, Cavani (Miccoli 63)

Ref: Rocchi

Atalanta 2-1 Fiorentina (Lega Calcio)

Atalanta 2-1 Fiorentina
Ferreira Pinto 6 (A), Tiribocchi 69 (A), Montolivo 75 (F)
Stadio Azzurri d’Italia

Atalanta are still in the running for Serie A safety after disposing of a visibly tired Fiorentina.

The Orobici needed a victory to maintain any hope of avoiding relegation and had been on fine form recently, unlucky to lose 2-1 at leaders Roma last week. They were missing Javier Chevanton, Edgar Barreto, Giampaolo Bellini, Paolo Zanetti, Jose Leonardo Talamonti, Gyorgy Garics and the suspended Max Pellegrino.

Fiorentina crashed out of the Coppa Italia semi-final midweek and so had to focus on securing a Europa League spot through Serie A. Manuel Pasqual and Marco Donadel joined the suspended Adrian Mutu, but Stevan Jovetic, Massimo Gobbi and Cristiano Zanetti were dropped. Alessandro Gamberini returned from a long lay-off with a shoulder injury.

Atalanta had a very aggressive start and notched up a series of corners, but Mario Alberto Santana’s strike was tipped out from under the bar as well.

The Orobici took the lead six minutes in. Ferreira Pinto rose for a glancing header at the near post from a Jaime Valdes cross down the left channel.

Fiorentina fought back with Marco Marchionni’s free kick palmed away, but the winger wasted a great opportunity when he passed it straight to Andrea Consigli rather than set up Alberto Gilardino on the counter.

Gila got the ball caught under his body and couldn’t squeeze it into the net from close range, then Riccardo Montolivo drilled wide. At the other end, Nicola Amoruso’s run split the Viola defence in two, but Sebastien Frey was equal to the finish.

Gilardino’s twisting header from a Juan Manuel Vargas cross looped over Consigli and thumped the top of the crossbar after 40 minutes.

Moments later Fiorentina again had a great chance, but Felipe’s header was all the way across the face of goal from a yard! Gianluca Comotto had put the cross perfectly from the right and the defender was unmarked.

Atalanta lost goalkeeper Consigli during the half-time break, so he made way for veteran Ferdinando Coppola. Frey controlled a Tiribocchi snapshot and later the same Orobici striker flashed an angled drive across the face of goal to thump the far post.

The home side made it 2-0 with an absolutely magnificent goal! The cross from the right found an acrobatic Tiribocchi volley from nine yards that scissor-kicked the ball in at the near post.

Fiorentina got back into the running 15 minutes from time. Keirrison got to the byline down the left and pulled it back to the edge of the box, where Montolivo’s splendid right-foot volley flew in.

Valdes ran rings round Comotto down the left channel, but Tiribocchi’s shot was charged down at the near post. Fiorentina could’ve drawn level too, but Vargas horribly wasted a great opportunity by volleying off target.

Massimo Gobbi was sent off in stoppages for a second bookable offence.
Atalanta: Consigli (Coppola 46); Capelli, Bianco, Manfredini, Peluso; Ferreira Pinto (De Ascentis 76), Padoin, Guarente, Valdes; Tiribocchi, Amoruso (Doni 67)

Fiorentina: Frey; Comotto, Gamberini, Kroldrup, Felipe (Gobbi 56); Marchionni, Bolatti (Keirrison 56), Montolivo, Vargas; Santana (Zanetti 67), Gilardino

Ref: Romeo

Sent off: Gobbi 92 (F)

Parma 2-3 Genoa (Serie A)

Parma 2-3 Genoa
Palacio 33, 52 (G), Zaccardo 60 (P), Bocchetti og 62 (P), Fatic 72 (G)
Stadio Tardini

Genoa threw away a 2-0 lead, but Ivan Fatic still managed to snatch a shock away victory.

This was effectively a play-off between two teams with an outside chance of Europa League qualification. Only one point separated them going into the Tardini and Parma were fresh from a shock 3-2 win away to Napoli. Genoa had lost the derby and were without a victory in five.

Jonathan Biabiany and Francesco Valiani sat out bans for the home side, while Alberto Paloschi and Damiano Zenoni remained on the treatment table. David Suazo, Ivan Juric, Bosko Jankovic, Houssine Kharja and the suspended Domenico Criscito didn’t make the trip, while Marco Amelia was again benched, Emiliano Moretti and Giuseppe Sculli failed fitness tests.

It was a very special game for Hernan Crespo, who was facing his former club, and he had the first shot smothered.

Alessio Scarpi got down well to palm Daniele Gastaldello’s header off the line, as Crespo had knocked on a throw-in.

It was Genoa who took the lead against the run of play. Zaccardo was clumsily dispossessed in the final third and Rodrigo Palacio did well to sweep a precise curler into the far post from outside the box.

Davide Lanzafame drilled wide, but Parma needed more of a threat and introduced Valeri Bojinov for the second half in a 4-4-2.

However, Genoa doubled their advantage. Raffaele Palladino went on a slalom and his angled drive was parried into the path of Palacio for his second of the game.

Moments later Parma nearly got back into it from a corner, but the Massimo Paci header turned into an assist for Crespo and Scarpi smothered from point-blank range.

Bojinov nodded over, but the Gialloblu got back into the game on the hour mark. Zaccardo rose at the back post to nod in Lanzafame’s cross from the left.

Parma completed their comeback soon after! Lanzafame was down injured, but his teammates kept playing and Scarpi parried the Bojinov angled drive, but the ball ricocheted on to the shin of Salvatore Bocchetti, who clumsily prodded into his own net.

It was wide open at the Tardini, as Mirante performed a desperate reaction save to deny Sculli from point-blank range.

It was Genoa who turned it around again! Ivan Fatic had just stepped on to the field when he gathered down the left flank and seemed to be squaring up for a cross, but smashed the powerful angled drive under the bar from a tight angle!
Parma: Mirante; Zaccardo, Paci, Dellafiore, Lucarelli; Lanzafame (Dzemaili 85), Jimenez, Galloppa, Lunardini (Bojinov 46), Antonelli (Pasi 80); Crespo

Genoa: Scarpi; Papastathopoulos, Dainelli, Bocchetti; Mesto, Zapater, Milanetto, Tomovic; Palacio (Lazarevic 86), Acquafresca, Palladino (Sculli 56)

Ref: Banti