Serie A Week 5
Catania 1-0 Empoli
Catania managed their first win of the season, thanks to a goal from midfielder Jorge Martinez.
It was a typically tense encounter, which one would expect having neither of these sides, before the game, got a win on the board.
The winning goal came just after half time, when a long ball forward caught out the Empoli defence and allowed Martinez to run behind them and stroke the ball in with the outside of his right boot. Questions will be asked as to whether he used his hand to aid his control, but Catania coach Silvio Baldini will take a victory whichever way it comes.
The game erupted towards the end as both sides had a man sent off. First Catania's Giacomo Tedesco was red carded for a terrible tackle on Andrea Raggi, and in injury time Lino Marzoratti levelled up the playing field when he went through the back of an opponent.
Fiorentina 2-2 Roma
Fiorentina came from behind twice to salvage a point at home to Roma. Adrian Mutu scored a late penalty to give the Viola a share of the spoils, and they hung on despite Marco Donadel being sent off with five minutes still to go.
Despite Francesco Totti missing out through injury, Roma still created plenty, and their opener was a gem from Amantino Mancini. The ball was played across the edge of the area, Mancini collected, looked up, and delivered an exquisite chip leaving the outstanding Sebastien Frey helpless.
Five minutes later, Alexander Doni came charging out to collect a corner, but never got near it, the ball was flicked on at the near post, and Alessandro Gamberini volleyed home at the back post.
Ludovic Giuly put Roma back in front, when he drove the ball home after the ball had travelled right across the area, and the Frenchman found himself with plenty of space.
Christian Vieri was introduced, and it was that induced a foul from Matteo Ferrari to give Mutu the chance to equalise from the spot. Mutu displayed a distinct lack of nerves, as he cheekily chipped his spot kick down the middle of the goal.
Genoa 3-2 Udinese
Genoa were another side to get that first win under their belt, thanks to a Marco Boriello hat trick, and despite the home side being reduced to ten men after 50 minutes when Rubinho received his marching orders for handling outside the box, they hung on.
Samir Handanovic only palmed a cross straight to Boriello, when it seemed catching the ball was the easiest option, Boriello still had work to do, and volleyed home with his left foot into the bottom corner.
It became 2-0 just minutes into the second half, a corner kick found the head of Boriello who thumped his header home, without the need to jump for it. The Udinese equaliser was a touch scrappy, Di Natale's free kick struck the wall and his second attempt somehow found its way through to Gyan Asamoah who cleverly flicked the ball in. This free kick was the result of Rubinho's misjudgement outside the area.
Boriello's hat-trick was complete after 74 minutes, and from the penalty spot. He won the penalty himself, and stepped up to hammer the ball straight down the middle.
Giandomenico Mesto ensured a nervous finish, when he made it 3-2 with 13 minutes left. Genoa thought they had cleared the corner, but Mesto turned and shot from the edge of the box, and it took a wicked deflection off De Rosa to reduct the arrears. But it was not enough for Udinese.
Inter Milan 3-0 Sampdoria
Zlatan Ibrahimovic eased Inter Milan recent worries with a double strike, and Luis Figo also got on the scoresheet as the Champions cruised past Sampdoria.
Ibrahimovic's first goal was of real quality, he turned his man 35 yards out and proceeded to the edge of the box, where he unloaded a powerful left foot shot that found its way into the bottom corner. His second was not too bad either. Smart interchange just outside the area, ended with the ball at the Swede's feet, and when he appeared to have dribbled up a cul-de-sac, he flicked the ball past three defenders leaving them stunned and again thumped home with his left foot.
Luis Figo finished things off, and when he received the ball on the edge of the area, he must have been amazed at how easily the defence parted to enable him to get his shot off and into the net.
A comfortable evening for Inter Milan winning 3-0 against Sampdoria.
Juventus 4-0 Reggina
Despite Claudio Ranieri deciding to rest a number of his star names, Juventus were still far too strong for the struggling Reggina.
Reggina will have been pleased to go into the half time break with a 0-0 scoreline, but that only lasted till a few minutes into the second half, when a corner kick found its way to Nicola Legrottaglie who fired home.
Another corner kick gave Juventus their second, the ball was scuffed back into the area, and Hasan Salihamidzic made no mistake from six yards out.
David Trezeguet made it three, when he was released from a ball over the top, and as is generally the case with the Frenchman, he coolly slotted home his 101st Serie A goal.
Gig Buffon gave Juve a scare 10 minutes from time when he hobbled off nursing his knee, but Raffaele Palladino ended the night for Juve on a high when he was played in and slotted the ball Trezeguet-like past Campagnolo to complete a joyous night for the famous black and white club.
Lazio 3-1 Cagliari
Lazio were clearly pleased to get their first win of the season against Cagliari, Tommaso Rocchi netted a double, while strike partner Goran Pandev also claimed one.
The pressure was mounting on Lazio coach Delio Rossi, following three draws and a defeat at Atalanta in the opening weeks of the season. Cagliari's football at times has been enterprising, and their main threat was returning to his former club Lazio, Pasquale Foggia, who is forcing his way into Roberto Donadoni's thoughts for Italy.
The first half was a relatively tame affair, but the game came to life just after the restart. Pandev slid a beautiful ball through to Rocchi, who from an exceptionally acute angle tucked the ball away at the far corner, keeper Marco Fortin will be disappointed that he did not make it harder for the striker.
Pandev then doubled the lead, with his back to goal and defenders around him, his potions seemed limited, but in a flash he quickly spun on the ball to send the trio of defenders the wrong way and hammered his shot high into the goal.
Promising young striker Roberto Acquafresca got his side back into the game, when he looped his header over Muslera.
Rocchi then put the game beyond doubt with his 83rd minute strike. Clever interplay on the edge of Cagliari's area led to a through ball from Stefano Mauri, which Rocchi sharply latched onto and helped over the advancing Fortin to secure all three points for Lazio.
Napoli 1-0 Livorno
Napoli left it late to claim all three points and deservedly so, in the process taking their unbeaten run to four games. Substitute Roberto Sosa was the hero with his 85th minute strike.
Despite Napoli's domination in the game, De Vezze very nearly gave the away side the lead when his strike flashed only just wide.
Emotions were running high, and as a result Napoli coach Edy Reja was sent to the stands for expressing his opinion rather too vociferously.
As the game entered the final five minutes, Livorno were edging ever closer to their third point of the season, until Sosa had the final say. Ten minutes from time his header struck the inside of the post, but minutes later he went one better. Marco Amelia fumbled a low cross from Mariano Bogliacino, and Sosa ensured the home side went home with all the points.
Palermo 2-1 AC Milan
Milan's lethargic start to the Serie A season continued when they conceded a goal late in stoppage time to give Palermo victory. The away team had a number of opportunities to take the game away from Palermo but failed to convert, and ultimately paid the price.
Clarence Seedorf finished off an intricate move from AC Milan after 10 minutes, Kaka supplying the final killer pass, and Seedorf arranging his feet well to place into the corner past Alberto Fontana.
Milan were then guilty of a number of missed opportunities, Alberto Gilardino and Kaka came close, but it was Seedorf again, that came closest with a curled shot that hit the crossbar.
Palermo equalised after 73 minutes when a free kick was hit towards the back post and Amauri controlled the ball on his chest, with more than a hint of arm involved, and squared the ball for Aimo Diana to deflect into the goal.
It then went from bad to worse for the visitors. Deep into added time, and Fabrizio Miccoli stunned Milan with a free kick that beat Dida's stand in, Zelijko Kalac at his near post.
Parma 2-0 Torino
Parma claimed their first three points of the season, and in turn ended Torino run of four successive draws. Reginaldo and Bernardo Corradi were the men that gave Parma what they thoroughly deserved.
Their opener was a scrappy goal, but coach Domenico Di Carlo will not mind that. The ball was flashed across the area, and after numerous battles for the ball and deflections, the ball fell kindly for Reginaldo who made absolutely no mistake in thumping the ball low into the corner.
Corradi used his predatory instincts to poke the second home at the back post, after Andrea Pisanu had helped on a Ferdinand Coly cross for the Italian target man to slide home from close range, to leave the visitors win-less after five games.
Siena 1-1 Atalanta
Atalanta battled back to rescue a point after former Atalanta player Simone Loria had given Siena the lead. Another Cristiano Doni goal, from the penalty spot, gave Atalanta a share of the points.
Loria for all his aerial prowess, was gifted far too much room in the Atalanta area when Daniele Galloppa swung in a free kick. The big defender simply had to ensure the direction of his header was good, as he was under no challenge of note. He headed the ball downwards making it awkward for Ferdinando Coppola to keep out, and it gave Siena a 1-0 lead after 32 minutes.
Greek keeper Dimitrios Eleftheropoulos saved well from Fernando Tissone, but from the resulting corner Atalanta claimed a penalty. Simone Vergassola was adjudged to have impeded Ferreira Pinto, and as is generally expected, Doni did the rest, sending Eleftheropoulos the wrong way.
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