Serie A – Genoa 1-2 Lazio

Palacio 7′ (Genoa), Dias 25′ (Lazio), Floccari 32′ (Lazio)
Stadio Ferraris

Sergio Floccari made up for last week’s derby debacle by scoring the winner against 10-man Genoa.

Both teams recently lost local derbies and are suffering in the shadow of their rivals’ success this season. Genoa were still in with an outside chance of the Europa League, but the Biancocelesti weren’t yet safe from relegation. Dario Dainelli’s ban meant a defensive reshuffle, while Houssine Kharja, Bosko Jankovic, Marco Rossi and David Suazo were sidelined. Lazio’s Cristian Ledesma and Aleksandar Kolarov were suspended, joining the injured Guglielmo Stendardo, Mourad Meghni and Francelino Matuzalem.

The fans and Genoa paid tribute to former defender Andrea Fortunato on the 15th anniversary of his tragic death from leukaemia.

Lazio had a strong record at Marassi, winning their last three visits and unbeaten here since 1992. Stefano Mauri had a good chance from a corner in the opening minutes.

However, a foolish defensive error allowed Genoa to take the lead. A free kick was taken quickly while Lazio’s players complained to the referee and Rodrigo Palacio slapped the angled drive across Nando Muslera from outside the box completely undisturbed.

Sergio Floccari’s header skimmed the bar against his former club, but it was Andre Dias who equalised. A corner found the defender soaring to nod in from six yards, although Alessio Scarpi was caught in no man’s land.

Genoa lost Emiliano Moretti to injury and were caught napping as Lazio fought back to turn the game around completely. A free kick over the top ricocheted around the box and Floccari was quickest to react by toe-poking in at the near post from a couple of yards.

The home team reacted with Raffaele Palladino turning in the area to test Muslera with a one-handed save.

Floccari spread the play for Tommaso Rocchi’s right-foot strike to crack against the bar on the counter-attack after 35 minutes.

There were no doubts about the offside flag when Rocchi tapped in a parried Floccari snapshot.

Genoa wasted a good opportunity to equalise at the dawn of the second half, as Palladino tried to make his pass too fancy for Robert Acquafresca and allowed Dias to intercept.

Muslera tipped a rising Fatic strike out from under the bar and Edy Reja was sent off for dissent, walking very slowly all the way across the pitch to reach the locker rooms.

Genoa went down to 10 men thanks to a second bookable offence from Salvatore Bocchetti for hauling back Floccari.

Nonetheless, Mimmo Criscito’s powerful header from an Omar Milanetto free kick tested Muslera’s reflexes.

It should’ve been 3-1 late on, but Mauro Zarate’s cross-shot flashed across Julio Cruz when only a touch would’ve put it in the net.
Genoa: Scarpi; Papasthatopoulos, Bocchetti, Moretti (Mesto 26); Tomovic (Fatic 51), Milanetto, Juric, Criscito; Palacio, Acquafresca, Palladino (Sculli 61)

Lazio: Muslera; Biava, Dias, Radu; Lichtsteiner, Brocchi, Baronio, Mauri, Del Nero (Siviglia 92); Rocchi (Zarate 67), Floccari (Cruz 75)

Ref: Morganti

Sent off: Bocchetti 69 (G)

Serie A – Bologna 2-1 Parma

Italian Serie A, Lega Calcio – Bologna 2-1 Parma
Biabiany 23 (P), Di Vaio 39, 50 (B)
Stadio Dall’Ara

A red card proved decisive, as Bologna fought back to win the Emilia-Romagna derby with Marco Di Vaio’s double.

This was a local derby, but one that gave Parma the opportunity to send their local rivals closer to relegation. Bologna had lost four of their last five games and were only two points clear of Atalanta. Nicola Mingazzini and Roberto Guana missed out, while the visitors lost Luis Jimenez, Stefano Morrone, Damiano Zenoni, Alberto Paloschi and the suspended Alessandro Lucarelli.

Emiliano Viviano stuck out a foot to parry Valeri Bojinov’s strike, but Marcelo Zalayeta had a goal disallowed for an offside position.

Zalayeta knocked down a corner for Portanova’s fierce volley, bringing a great save out of Antonio Mirante.

Parma took the lead thanks to the blistering pace of Jonathan Biabiany. He sprinted past two Bologna players, leaving Lanna and Vangelis Moras behind to place an angled drive across Viviano. Lanna was tempted to barge him off the ball, but had only just been booked.

However, the Ducali were reduced to 10 men after Cristian Zaccardo clumsily clattered into Zalayeta, bringing him down when running clear on goal. It was particularly galling, as Zaccardo is a former Bologna player.

From that free kick Bologna thought they had equalised, but the whistle had already gone for a Portanova push when Marco Di Vaio tapped in the loose ball. It was a very controversial decision.

Bologna drew level with former Parma star Di Vaio. Antonio Busce’ did well to whip a low cross from the right and Di Vaio smartly flicked it just at the near post enough to beat Mirante.

The home side kept pushing, as Di Vaio skimmed the crossbar from the D and a brave Paolo Hernan Dellafiore tackle stopped Zalayeta tapping in, so Parma redesigned the squad with two substitutions before half-time.

One of the new entries, Lunardini, nearly scored for the Ducali straight away. His fierce right-foot screamer flashed past the post.

Bologna took the lead when veteran Di Vaio pounced on a dreadful defensive error from debutant youngster Gigli. The header back to his goalkeeper was far too weak and intercepted for a classic lob.

Mirante prevented another goal moments later by using his legs to parry from Martins Adailton, while he kept out Biabiany and Di Vaio’s sliding finish. The goalkeeper also did brilliantly to slap away a Pisanu backheel flick from point-blank range.

Both sides ended with 10 men, as Gaby Mudingayi was stretchered off 10 minutes from time after the substitutions had been completed.
Bologna: Viviano; Raggi, Portanova, Moras (Britos 78), Lanna; Buscè, Mudingayi, Casarini (Guana 62); Adailton (Pisanu 61); Di Vaio, Zalayeta

Parma: Mirante; Zaccardo, Paci (Lunardini 43), Dellafiore; Biabiany, Valiani, Galloppa (Lanzafame 85), Antonelli, Castellini; Crespo, Bojinov (Gigli 44)

Ref: Bergonzi

Sent off: Zaccardo 29 (P)

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