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

Catania 2-2 Siena (Serie A)

Catania 2-2 Siena
Maxi Lopez 11 (C), Maccarone 49 (S), Biagianti 50 (C), Vergassola 69 (S)
Stadio Massimino

Siena earned a surprise 2-2 draw at the Massimino in which Maxi Lopez saw his penalty saved.

This was a relegation dogfight, but one that looked very unbalanced. The Elefantini were practically safe after beating Palermo and holding Milan in recent weeks, while Siena’s chances of avoiding the drop were very slim.

Giuseppe Mascara sat out a ban with Jorge Martinez, Cristian Llama, Augustyn and Gianvito Plasmati. Siena made the trip without Francesco Parravicini, Michele Fini and the suspended Pratali.

Catania took the lead just 11 minutes in. Marco Biagianti won back the ball in midfield and Maxi Lopez shrugged off his marker to smash into the near top corner with his right foot.

Siena could’ve equalised on 20 minutes, but Vergassola’s header cracked against the crossbar from a corner.

Taka Morimoto was correctly booked for simulation in the box, but Siena hit the woodwork for the second time with a splendid Aleandro Rosi free kick that dipped on to the bar.

An Alvarez bullet of a free kick was pushed off the line with some difficulty.

Siena equalised at the dawn of the second half, as Massimo Maccarone was given far too much room to steer a free header in from eight yards.

However, it lasted all of 30 seconds before Siena’s defence was torn to shreds. Biagianti combined with Maxi Lopez on the edge of the box to burst in and place an angled drive across Curci.

Abdel Ghezzal mistimed his tackle on Morimoto just inside the area for a penalty. However, the Maxi Lopez spot-kick was saved and Ciro Capuano’s follow-up cleared off the line, as Siena held on.

The visitors managed to claw their way back to 2-2, as a corner came out to the D for Simone Vergassola’s shot on the bounce, which took a decisive deflection off Silvestre.

Siena almost won it at the death, but Maccarone’s half-volley was deflected out for a corner. Mariano Andujar also flew to fingertip a Del Grosso screamer over the bar.
Catania: Andujar; Alvarez, Terlizzi, Silvestre, Capuano, Carboni, Izco (Sciacca 81), Ricchiuti (Delvecchio 63), Biagianti, Morimoto (Ledesma 93), Maxi Lopez

Siena: Curci; Rosi (Reginaldo 51), Malagò, Cribari, Del Grosso, Vergassola, Ekdal (Jarolim 78), Tziolis, Maccarrone, Ghezzal, Larrondo (Calaio’ 51)

Ref: Gava

Missed penalty: Maxi Lopez 60 (C)

Udinese 1-1 Bologna (Serie A)

Udinese 1-1 Bologna
Zapata og 3 (B), Di Natale 91 (U)
Stadio Friuli

Antonio Di Natale only grabbed a last-gasp equaliser in stoppages, as Bologna remain in the danger zone.

Neither side was safe from the drop, but while the Friulani were climbing after their crisis, Bologna had lost five on the trot. The treatment room contained the usual suspects Gaetano D’Agostino, Christian Obodo, Dusan Basta and Andrea Coda. The visitors missed Roberto Guana and Mingazzini.

Udinese shot themselves in the foot just theee minutes into the match. A corner kick looked harmless enough, but Cristian Zapata clumsily prodded it into his own net from eight yards, startling the goalkeeper and teammates.

It was almost 2-0, but Martins Adailton just failed to get the ball under control after springing the offside trap.

Marco Di Vaio led the fightback for Bologna, seeing two shots charged down by defensive bodies.

Antonio Di Natale nearly added to his Capocannoniere haul with a free kick that Emiliano Viviano pushed out from the near top corner.

Gaby Mudingayi intercepted a dangerous Alexis Sanchez free kick before Di Natale could tap in from close range.

Mudingayi also proved useful for Bologna at the other end, as his blockbuster skimmed the crossbar from distance.

On the stroke of half-time, Antonio Floro Flores flashed a right-foot strike inches wide of the upright.

Marcelo Zalayeta wanted a penalty when he fell under Pasquale’s pressure on the counter, but appeared to simply stumble.

Samir Handanovic punched away a fierce Adailton attempt, but Viviano required a fantastic save on 54 minutes to fingertip Simone Pepe’s screamer on to the crossbar.

Daniele Portanova did well to intercept Mauricio Isla’s cross before Di Natale could get the decisive touch.

Udinese were unlucky and rattled the frame of the goal yet again, as on 80 minutes Di Natale nodded a Pepe free kick on to the base of the far post and on the follow-up Viviano flapped a Sanchez flick round the other upright.

The Friulani finally got their equaliser in stoppages. Asamoah rolled across from the counter for Di Natale to side-foot home from six yards.

Udinese could even have won it moments later, as Viviano flew to parry a Pepe screamer from 25 metres.
Udinese: Handanovic; Ferronetti (Inler 74), Zapata, Lukovic, Pasquale; Sammarco (Pepe 50), Isla, Asamoah; Sanchez, Di Natale, Floro Flores (Corradi 85)

Bologna: Viviano; Raggi, Portanova, Moras, Lanna; Buscè, Casarini, Mudingayi; Adailton (Modesto 56); Di Vaio (Gimenez 78), Zalayeta (Succi 87)

Ref: Morganti