Tiago reject’s recall from Juve

The Portuguese international joined the Spaniards on loan in January and is starting to show his form of old.

Speaking to Cadena Ser, the man signed from Lyon for £11m in the summer of 2007 says he wants to end his Italian nightmare.

“I don’t want to go back to Italy,” said the former Chelsea player. “However, I still have two years left on my contract with Juventus and I can’t decide on what will happen.

“Atletico Madrid is a special club,” he added. “The fans have great passion and us players feel it.”

Juventus are understood to be willing to sell Tiago if a club makes a big enough offer for his services.

Udinese 0-0 Chievo (Serie A)

Stadio Friuli

A dire 0-0 draw was played out at the Stadio Friuli between two teams terrified of defeat.

These two sides were anxiously looking over their shoulders for a potential slip back into the danger zone. Giovanni Pasquale’s suspension prompted a defensive reshuffle, while Dusan Basta, Gaetano D’Agostino, Maurizio Domizzi and Christian Obodo were out of action. Chievo were without Michele Marcolini and Fabio Moro, but welcomed Andrea Mantovani back from a ban.

Antonio Floro Flores and Antonio Di Natale didn’t get enough power on their shots early on, but Andrea Coda was stretchered off with a knee injury to mark Damiano Ferronetti’s comeback.

Samir Handanovic had his palms stung by a Luca Ariatti screamer from distance.

Kwadwo Asamoah wasted a promising counter-attack when he refused to pass it and could only manage a meek finish.

Ariatti’s through ball was just a little too long for Giampiero Pinzi, who had been allowed to spring the offside trap. The two combined again soon after, but this time Handanovic rushed off his line to intercept.

Di Natale squeezed between two defenders to toe-poke the ball, but Stefano Sorrentino did well to save.

After the break Cristian Zapata did well to make a crucial intervention, denying Sergio Pellissier the tap-in from close range.

Pinzi’s header whistled wide from six yards from a taut Nicolas Frey cross from the right.

Sorrentino ran a real risk when he backpedalled to pluck a looping Paolo Sammarco header out of the air just before it completely crossed the line.

Later efforts included Pinzi again one-on-one with Handanovic only to hesitate and a Bernardo Corradi header.
Udinese: Handanovic; Isla, Zapata, Coda (Ferronetti 7), Lukovic; Sammarco, Inler, Asamoah; Pepe (Sanchez 46), Di Natale, Floro Flores (Corradi 85)

Chievo: Sorrentino; Frey, Morero, Yepes, Mantovani; Luciano, Rigoni, Ariatti (Bentivoglio 65); Pinzi; Pellissier (Sardo 92), De Paula (Granoche 75)

Ref: Mazzoleni

Atalanta 3-1 Cagliari (Serie A)

Tiribocchi 53 (A), Valdes pen 64, 72 (A), Conti 91 (C)
Stadio Azzurri d’Italia

Atalanta thrashed Cagliari 3-1, but were helped by a Daniele Dessena red card after just 17 minutes.

Time is running out for the Orobici, who were four points from safety going into this midweek round and only one above rock bottom Livorno despite Sunday’s 3-0 win. Cagliari’s confidence was collapsing after one point from five games, which saw the club reimburse fans after the 2-0 home defeat to Lazio at the weekend.

Cristiano Doni sat out a ban with the injured Edgar Barreto, Giampaolo Bellini, Paolo Zanetti and Leonardo Talamonti. The Sardinians had Diego Lopez suspended, while Francesco Pisano, Michael Agazzi and Andrea Parola didn’t make the trip.

Daniele Dessena drilled wide early on, but his game really didn’t last very long. After 17 minutes he flew in with a horrible late tackle from behind on Jaime Valdes at the byline and the referee had every reason to flash a straight red card.

Naturally Atalanta poured forward and soon after Federico Marchetti flew to palm a Gyorgy Garics angled drive round the post, while Valdes also tested the goalkeeper.

Javier Ernesto Chevanton limped off with a thigh problem and made way for Simone Tiribocchi in the first half.

Marchetti was keeping 10-man Cagliari in it with some more stunning saves on Valdes and even Agostini’s rather clumsy clearance that was turning into an own goal.

Atalanta finally broke through after the restart. Marchetti beat away a Simone Padoin screamer, but could do nothing on Simone Tiribocchi’s follow-up.

Valdes cut in from the left to unleash a rocket that Marchetti palmed out from under the crossbar.

Michele Canini clumsily tripped Tiribocchi and Valdes converted the penalty to double Atalanta’s advantage, sending Marchetti the wrong way.

Chilean Valdes completed his brace soon after with a sensational goal. He had acres of space on the counter, but took his time to curl a perfectly-aimed right-foot shot into the far top corner.

Nelson Jeda came on and off again after an injury. His replacement, Ragatzu, earned a controversial penalty when he just seemed to lose his balance during an acrobatic move. It didn’t matter, as Andrea Cossu smacked the penalty on to the underside of the bar.

Cagliari at least got a consolation goal in stoppages with Daniele Conti’s looping header.
Atalanta: Consigli; Garics, Bianco, Manfredini, Peluso, Ferreira Pinto (De Ascentiis 57), Guarente, Valdes (Ceravolo 75), Amoruso, Chevanton (Tiribocchi 35)

Cagliari: Marchetti; Canini, Ariaudo, Astori, Agostini, Dessena, Conti, Biondini, Cossu, Matri (Nene’ 71), Larrivey (Jeda 61) (Ragatzu 77)

Ref: Rocchi

Sent off: Dessena 17 (C)

Missed penalty: Cossu 80 (C)

Lazio 2-0 Siena (Serie A)

Lichtsteiner 6 (L), Cruz 72 (L)
Stadio Olimpico

Lazio have put the crisis behind them with a second consecutive victory, including Julio Cruz scoring the moment he came off the bench.

This had become a relegation dogfight and a six-pointer for both sides. Lazio needed to get away from the drop zone and were boosted by Sunday’s 2-0 victory in Cagliari, while Siena’s recent good form had lifted them off the foot of the table. The Tuscans were unbeaten in six, but had never managed to conquer the Olimpico before with four draws and as many defeats.

Mauro Zarate’s two-match ban had expired, so he returned although Sergio Floccari, Ousmane Dabo, Mourad Meghni, Pasquale Foggia, Christian Manfredini, Francelino Matuzalem, Sebastiano Siviglia and the suspended Giuseppe Biava missed out.

Lazio took the lead with Stefan Lichtsteiner, a rare goalscorer for the club. A long Stefano Mauri cross from the left went over Tommaso Rocchi to find Lichtsteiner ready to prod home from six yards with his weaker left foot.

Soon after Stefano Mauri came sliding in to a Cristian Brocchi through ball, forcing a point-blank save out of Gianluca Curci.

Zarate stung Curci’s palms after Emilson Sanchez Cribari’s error released the Argentine and Rocchi’s daisy-cutter shaved a coat of paint off the base of the far post 60 seconds later.

A scuffle broke out on 23 minutes, as the tension got to these teams, earning bookings for Aleandro Rosi and Aleksandar Kolarov.

Lazio should’ve scored with a classic counter-attack sparked by Brocchi, but Rocchi fired straight at the goalkeeper one-on-one.

Siena did precious little in the first half and introduced Reginaldo for a more attacking line-up and immediately went close with Marcelo Larrondo.

Rocchi’s snapshot and an Emanuele Calaio’ failed to really trouble the goalkeepers, but Larrondo pounced on a Gugliemo Stendardo error only for the defender to make up for it with a crucial block.

Julio Ricardo Cruz replaced Zarate and scored with his first touch! He had been on the field for only around 10 seconds when he turned a fantastic overhead kick from a corner in from seven yards.

Mauri could’ve made it 3-0, but his delightful lob was palmed out from under the crossbar by Curci.
Lazio: Muslera; Dias, Stendardo, Radu; Lichtsteiner, Brocchi, Ledesma (Baronio 91), Mauri, Kolarov; Zarate (Cruz 72), Rocchi (Foggia 84)

Siena: Curci; Odibe, Cribari, Pratali (Reginaldo 46); Del Grosso (Calaio’ 54), Rosi, Vergassola, Tziolis; Ghezzal; Maccarone, Larrondo (Fini 80)

Ref: Bergonzi

Cavani extending his contract with Palermo

Football transfer news – Calcio news (notizie): The 23-year-old Uruguayan centre-forward looked as if he might leave Sicily in January after Palermo fans attacked his car.

Inter, Lazio and Juventus were all interested, but Cavani has settled down again and now looks set to commit to a long-term deal with the Rosanero.

“There are no difficulties,” Palermo director of sport Walter Sabatini explained. “Cavani is a very serious lad and he will respect the agreement made with us.”

When asked about reports suggesting that Inter are lining up an €18m bid that would include Rene Krhin, Sabatini replied: “I haven’t heard anything about it.”

Cavani has built on the progress he made last season, scoring 10 goals in 24 starting appearances for the Rosanero in 2009-10.

His goals have been instrumental in helping Palermo rise to fourth place in Serie A.