Bottom of the table Atalanta secured a crushing victory that plunges Livorno down to last place.
This was a relegation six-pointer between two of the hot favourites to go down. Atalanta dropped to joint bottom last weekend and missed stars Cristiano Doni, Simone Tiribocchi and Daniele Capelli due to suspension. Livorno ended their run of four straight defeats thanks to a spectacular 3-3 draw with Roma, but were without Martin Bergvold, Bernardini, Miglionico and Esposito.
Simone Padoin gave Atalanta the lead after 13 minutes. Nicola Amoruso created it when he turned round his marker to roll into the box, Ernesto Chevanton’s shot was parried from eight yards and into the path of Padoin’s running volley.
Jaime Valdes blasted over and Mirko Pieri closed down Ferreira Pinto in the penalty area. Rubinho parried a Chevanton free kick and at the other end Consigli pushed Di Gennaro’s corner off the head of Perticone.
On the stroke of half-time Chevanton should’ve scored for Atalanta, but horribly wasted when he somehow prodded wide from six yards completely unmarked.
Straight after the restart Atalanta had another great opportunity, but once more Tomas Manfredini turned the header off target from the Valdes corner.
The Orobici finally doubled their advantage when Tiberio Guarente threaded through for Chevanton to strike from just inside the penalty area.
Ferreira Pinto quickly made it 3-0 for Atalanta. Ferreira Pinto was left unmarked at the back post to come sliding in on a long Guarente free kick.
“Inter remain the favourites for the Scudetto, as they have been winning for a long time and are still at the moment in front,” he told the Gazzetta dello Sport.
“What do they have more than us? They are at the top of the table. Perhaps Milan have greater motivation, though.
“It has been a long time since we won the title. We want it, chase it, desire it.”
The fact that Inter are the only remaining Serie A side in the Champions League could well affect their fitness in the final stages of the campaign.
“They still have Europe to focus on and many games to be played. It is possible they’ll run out of energy.”
The Nerazzurri have already slowed down considerably with just one win from their last six Serie A games.
Last night they were held to a 1-1 draw at Palermo’s Stadio Barbera.
The Giallorossi defeated Udinese 4-2 to go within four points of leaders Inter, who they face next Saturday in a title showdown.
“This was the first game we won while thinking about the Scudetto,” said the former Nerazzurri defender.
“It was a great performance, a tough one, but which gives us the chance to get even closer to Inter.
“Now we have to do well on Wednesday and then play our game with them on Saturday night.”
“There has certainly been Scudetto talk for a while now, whereas two years ago when I was at Inter, Roma only found themselves challenging in the final rounds,” added Burdisso.
“Now there are nine games to go and only four points separating us. It’s another reason for us to keep pushing.”
First blow of the rossoneri for the next season.
Today it could be the day of “SuperMario” to the Milan. Not, not Balotelli, but the other “SuperMario” of our championship, cioé Yepes, 34enne defender of the Chievo. Arrived in Italy two seasons, ago coming from the Paris Saint Germain, Yepes it had signed a contract anniversary with the club clivense, in order then to renew it the past summer. Now, but, the Columbian defender is newly in expiration and on he the court of the Milan has been made indeed locked.
Like brought back today from the Courier of the Sport, a decisive encounter is previewed today in order to find the agreement with the defender and to carry it to Milan: the offer of the club of Via Turati is of 1 million clearly to season, against the 550,000 euros that Yepes earns now to Verona. Inevitable, however, than the South American defender it has intention to live a great adventure in an apex square and to dispute Champions League before hanging scarpette to the nail and therefore the transaction, probably, will be made.
Arriving to Yepes, the Milan would not have more the absolute necessity than to bring back to Milanello Goshawks, being thus avoided to yield to the demands for Cellino, more and more onerose for the defender (lately the patron of the Cagliari has asked 5 million euro). With the goodbyes of Favalli and Kaladze, it could be the Onyewu American, to the return after an ugly accident, fifth centers them of the Milan after Nesta, Thiago Silva, Yepes exactly and Bonera. And they could be enough…
The Europa League quarter-final draw has been completed in Nyon, with Valencia against Atletico Madrid the undoubted tie of the round.
Elsewhere, there is an England-versus-Germany clash as Fulham and Wolfsburg take on each other, Hamburg tackle Standard Liege and Benfica will fight against Liverpool.
The path to the final in Hamburg was all mapped out, with the draw also made for the two semi-finals.
The winners of Hamburg and Liege will play the winners of Fulham and Wolfsburg in semi-final 1, while semi-final 2 will feature the winners of Valencia and Atletico Madrid versus the winners of Benfica and Liverpool.
The draw was also made to determine who the ‘home’ team in the final at Hamburg would be, and that honour was granted to the winners of semi-final 2.
Europa League Quarterfinal Draw
|| Standard Liege
|| Atletico Madrid
The first leg of each tie will be played on April 1st, while the second will be played on April 8th.