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Scot Munroe On January - 25 - 2010

Italian Serie A 2009-10 Matchday 21 Review

Revenge, A Dish Best Served Cold

Ditched by Juventus in the spring of last year, their former manager Claudio Ranieri stuck it to the homeside on Saturday night, as his Roma side beat a pathetic looking Juventus.

Roma lost Luca Toni early on due to a knee injury and was replaced by Francesco Totti. In a tactical first half both teams were lined up in the same 4-3-1-2 formation with limited chances and was more of a midfield battle. Some call this boring but i don’t. Things were on the up when Del Piero hit a angled left hand volley passed Julio Sergio. A moment of madness cost Juventus the lead when Fabio Grosso brought down Rodrigo Taddei and Totti tucked home the penalty celebrating with his trademark thumb sucking. Things got worse for the home-side with Juve keeper Gigi Buffon being sent off for bringing down John Arne Riise who was through on goal. Deep into the added time the game seemed to be heading for a stalemate when David Pizarro swept a cross in from the right for Riise to nod across the face of goal from the back post. This made me celebrate like a absolute madman.

Inter managed to pick up the double over near city rivals AC Milan at the San Siro with a 2-0 win. This game was a bit spicy as Inter finished the game with 9 men. Diego Milito opened the scoring when he latched onto a long ball by Pandev and smashed an angle drive past Dida. A mad moment for Wesley Sneijder was sent off for sarcastically applauding the referee and a verbal abuse. Not to distract Inter with a man down and doubled the lead with a Goran Pandev free-kick which Dida never moved. Lucio was sent off later in the game blocking a shot on goal with his hand, Ronaldinho missed the penalty and handing Inter the win over rivals Milan.

Palermo smashed a sorry looking Fiorentina side 3-0 thanks to goals from teenage sensation Abel Hernandez and Igor Budan. Fiorentina are in big problems. Bologna eased relegation worries as they beat Bari 2-1 with teenage Henry Gimenez bagging a brace after coming on from the sub bench, Paolo Vitor Barretto who has been amazing form this season for Bari got the only goal for the away team. The early game on Saturday posted Catania-Parma and the home side came up on top when also missing a penalty with Mascara, Martinez and Morimoto netted for the home side.

Genoa put their crisis on hold beating Atalanta 2-0 with 2 Argentine strikers getting the goals Palacio and Crespo. Lazio and Chievo played out a 1-1 draw at the Olimpico with Sergio Pellissier fought back to earn a point, Stendardo got the goal for Lazio. Champions League contenders Napoli picked up a crucial 2-0 win over Livorno with Maggio and Cigirani netting the goals. Siena and Cagliari played a 1-1 draw with both goals coming in 120 seconds off each other. Calaio and Matri with the goals. A fantastic game in Udine when Sampdoria twice fought back to earn a 3-2 win over Udinese. Di Natale and Isla for Udinese and Pazzini, Pozzi and Semoli for Sampdoria a team who played the game without Cassano starting.

All The Matchday Results

Saturday January 23
FT Catania 3 - 0 Parma
FT Juventus 1 - 2 AS Roma

Sunday January 24
FT Bologna 2 - 1 Bari
FT Genoa 2 - 0 Atalanta
FT Lazio 1 - 1 Chievo
FT Livorno 0 - 2 Napoli
FT Palermo 3 - 0 Fiorentina
FT Siena 1 - 1 Cagliari
FT Udinese 2 - 3 Sampdoria

Scot Munroe

A Football fan for around 18 years since the age of 6 years old. My first love is Swindon town now managed by the mad man that is Paolo Di Canio. I have been a fan of Italian football for around 10-15 years now since the Channel four days back in the Uk with James Richardson. I am a Roma fan as well and i have been following the club since 2003 with the attack minded football with Totti and Cassano.

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