Lazio 1-1 Napoli (Serie A)

Marek Hamsik’s delightful chip cancelled out a Sergio Floccari header to make it all square at the Olimpico.

Edy Reja faced his former club, having taken Napoli from Serie C to the UEFA Cup in a five-year spell. He was now desperate to keep Lazio in the top flight and they seemed to have turned a corner with seven points from three games. The Partenopei were chasing a Champions League spot and missed the injured Andrea Dossena. The Biancocelesti’s absentee list included Pasquale Foggia, Mourad Meghni, Francelino Matuzalem, Ousmane Dabo and Simone Inzaghi, but Mauro Zarate was dropped.

Lazio broke through almost immediately, as a Stefano Mauri cross came in from the left for the powerful Sergio Floccari header under the bar, giving Morgan De Sanctis no chance.

Nando Muslera parried a Juan Zuniga curler into the path of Ezequiel Lavezzi, who ballooned the volley over.

De Sanctis used his legs to block an Aleksandar Kolarov screamer and Floccari’s strike skimmed the crossbar, while at the other end Marek Hamsik wasted a good chance by firing over.

Napoli drew level in style with Hamsik, who pounced on a defensive error from Fabio Quagliarella’s ball over the top to go clear and delightfully chipped Muslera from the tightest of angles.

Lavezzi hit a blockbuster from 20 metres that saw Muslera soar to fingertip it out from under the crossbar with an acrobatic save.

Zarate replaced Tommaso Rocchi for the second half and had an immediate impact with several shots in the opening minutes.

Muslera smothered a Hugo Campagnaro half-volley, but nobody else was able to score.

Lega Calcio: Atalanta 2-0 Siena

Valdes 16 (A), Ferreira Pinto 70 (A)
Stadio Azzurri d’Italia

Siena are practically in Serie B after losing this relegation dogfight, as they drop to joint bottom place with Livorno.

This could be the decider in the relegation battle, as defeat would almost certainly spell doom for one of the teams. They went into this Easter weekend in 18th and 19th respectively with some very difficult fixtures ahead.

Atalanta were missing Paolo Zanetti, Javier Chevanton, Edgar Barreto, Leonardo Talamonti and Giampaolo Bellini. Siena were without Albin Ekdal, Francesco Parravicini and Luca Rossettini.

Play almost didn’t go ahead after heavy rainfall over Bergamo. Nicola Amoruso nodded just wide in the opening moments, but then got involved in a scuffle with Aleandro Rosi.

Atalanta broke through with a wonderful individual strike from Jaime Valdes. The Chilean took a step outside the box and smashed the right-foot screamer in off the inside of the near post.

Ferreira Pinto’s effort shaved a coat of paint off the woodwork, while Del Grosso’s free kick was off target. Just before half-time Gianluca Curci did well to deny Amoruso’s angled drive.

After the restart Andrea Consigli needed his first real save, at full stretch to palm Larrondo’s header off the line with one strong hand.

Simone Vergassola went so close to an equaliser by pouncing on a poor clearance from close range, but ballooned over. Siena also had penalty appeals for an Emilson Sanchez Cribari challenge on Amoruso.

Atalanta doubled their lead when Guarente’s free kick to the back post was knocked across by Manfredini for Ferreira Pinto’s free header from point-blank range.

Serie A: Parma 1-1 Fiorentina

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Stadio Tardini
De Silvestri 22 (F), Bojinov 68 (P)

Valeri Bojinov cancelled out a Lorenzo De Silvestri debut Serie A goal to keep thse teams locked in mid-table.

The Ducali were unbeaten in six and sat just two points behind the Viola going into this Easter weekend, so it was a play-off for Europa League ambitions. Alberto Paloschi was injured and Daniele Galloppa suspended, while the visitors missed Alessandro Gamberini, Marco Marchionni, Manuel Pasqual and banned duo Adrian Mutu and Massimo Gobbi.

It has been a rough week for Fiorentina, as President Diego Della Valle resigned following a public spat with Cesare Prandelli, though the Coach pledged to stay on.

Parma had their first chance in the opening 60 seconds when Valeri Bojinov intercepted a poor Cesare Natali backpass, but was crowded out by Sebastien Frey with a real risk of giving away a penalty.

Fiorentina had done precious little so far, but took the lead against the run of play. Stevan Jovetic’s inspired through ball sent Lorenzo De Silvestri through to toe-poke in his debut Serie A goal.

It was nearly 2-0 a few minutes later, as Cristiano Zanetti’s piledriver from distance was palmed low off the line by Antonio Mirante. At the other end Bojinov fired straight at Frey after great build-up work from Jonathan Biabiany.

Francesco Valiani drilled inches wide from distance for Parma, while De Silvestri nearly got his second with Mirante parrying the fierce drive from another Jovetic assist.

Mirante rushed off his line to stop Alberto Gilardino getting on the end of De Silvestri’s cross in a move inspired by Riccardo Montolivo.

Parma were laying siege to the Viola area and, after a miraculous Frey save, they found their way through. Frey punched the free kick straight at Jonathan Biabiany for a half-volley, but the goalkeeper somehow stuck out a foot to boot the shot off the line! Another set play was not cleared effectively and eventually ricocheted to Bojinov to fire in from six yards.

Fiorentina thought they had scored with Gilardino, but he was offside when redirecting Mario Alberto Santana’s cross.

Hernan Crespo came off the bench and nearly gave Parma the lead, as he nodded inches wide of the upright.

Mirante needed quick reactions to deny Gilardino from point-blank range on a Juan Manuel Vargas cross.

Siena 0-0 Genoa (Serie A)

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Stadio Franchi

The spoils were shared at the Stadio Franchi, but both sides had plenty of chances.

Alberto Malesani’s hopes of avoiding the drop took a big hit with their 2-0 defeat to Lazio midweek, but that was their first loss in six rounds. Genoa scraped a last-gasp 2-2 draw with Palermo on Wednesday and remained in European contention.

The injury list included Albin Ekdal, Luca Rossettini and Francesco Parravicini on one side, plus Bosko Jankovic, Robert Acquafresca, Dario Dainelli, Ivan Tomovic and the suspended Omar Milanetto on the other.

Gianluca Curci needed a double save to deny Rossi’s initial attempt and the follow-up.

A brilliant solo effort from Domenico Criscito saw the defender dribble down the left channel for an angled drive that Curci fingertipped round the far post.

Siena thought they had taken the lead just before half-time. Abdel Ghezzal’s header cracked against the crossbar and then he bundled in the follow-up from Massimo Maccarone’s assist, but by this stage had strayed offside.

Moments later Reginaldo’s cross was cut out by a desperate Rossi challenge with the goal gaping.

Tzioli’s hit a screamer to test Marco Amelia’s reflexes, then the goalkeeper had to rush off the line to smother at Ghezzal’s feet.

Curci parried from Rossi’s snapshot and Ghezzal got his volley into the net only after the ball had gone out of play.

The Siena goalkeeper was again decisive with a great save to deny Raffaele Palladino’s volley, but nobody could find a goal.

Palermo 3-1 Bologna (Serie A)

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Miccoli 10, pen 43, 79 (P), Adailton 38 (B)
Stadio Barbera

Fabrizio Miccoli’s hat-trick keeps Palermo in the Champions League spots by beating Bologna 3-1, their first win since March 7.

The Rosanero were looking to consolidate fourth place against a Bologna side that had lost two on the trot. They were without the suspended Simon Kjaer, Edinson Cavani and Federico Balzaretti, while Cesare Bovo, Fabio Simplicio and Mark Bresciano were on the treatment table. This meant a revolutionised defence with Giulio Migliaccio redirected from midfield and 21-year-old Marco Calderoni making his Serie A debut. Bologna had Andrea Raggi and Vangelis Moras unavailable, but Marco Di Vaio made his first start since a thigh strain.

Fabrizio Miccoli’s screamer was off target, but the Pocket Striker broke the deadlock after 10 minutes.

Javier Pastore’s through ball sent him flying down the left channel, where he cut back on to his right foot for an angled drive that flashed into the far bottom corner. It went through the goalkeeper’s legs at the near post.

Roberto Guana blasted over from distance. Palermo horribly wasted what would’ve been one of the goals of the season! Pastore and Abel Hernandez duetted down the left flank with several exchanged passes, but when clear on goal Pastore smashed it off target with the inside of his right foot.

Miccoli’s angled drive flashed across the face of goal following more great combination play from Pastore and Miccoli. Di Vaio also threatened, as he let a long ball over the defence bounce before hitting the half-volley across Salvatore Sirigu. Bologna went close from a corner when Daniele Portanova turned over from six yards.

A long Fabio Liverani free kick only skimmed Migliaccio’s bald pate, as even the tiniest touch would’ve taken it past Emiliano Viviano.

Bologna equalised with a perfect free kick from Martins Adailton. The veteran Brazilian curled into the near top corner with his left foot from just outside the box.

Antonio Busce’ clumsily walked into the back of Hernandez just inside the box and the referee awarded the penalty. The Uruguayan had his back to the goal, so it was a soft decision. Miccoli stepped up and sent Viviano the wrong way to convert.

Di Vaio’s angled drive was smothered at the near post on the stroke of half-time. In the second half another well-worked move came to nothing thanks to Nicolas Bertolo ballooning over from a very promising position.

Miguel Angel Britos did well to use his strength and pace to hold off Hernandez as the two Uruguayans went shoulder-to-shoulder on Pastore’s through ball. Hernandez was again about to pull the trigger when cut off by a crucial tackle in the box.

Miccoli’s spectacular flick created another chance for Palermo, but Calderoni could not make the most of it. Sirigu smothered a bouncing Adailton snapshot that picked up pace off the turf.

Britos was fortunate perhaps to only receive a yellow card when he hauled Hernandez back by the shoulder as the young Uruguayan burst towards goal with remarkable pace.

Miccoli’s screamer of a free kick skimmed the near post, hitting the support for the back of the net. Ondrej Celutska received his Serie A debut, replacing newcomer Calderoni, who was suffering from cramp.

Miccoli completed his hat-trick in style. A wonderful Fabio Liverani pass from midfield sent him clear down the left and the tiny hitman kept his cool to slip it between the goalkeeper and the near post.

It would’ve been 4-1 in the final minutes when Pastore threaded through for substitute Igor Budan, but this time Viviano stuck out a foot to parry the finish. Bologna also had the chance to get back into it, but Sirigu beat away Adailton’s angled drive from point-blank range.