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James Dielhenn On September - 23 - 2010

Italian Serie A Week 4 Review

After a shaky start for all of Serie A’s big teams, results are starting to take a more expected course after the midweek fourth round of matches. Roma, however, are the exception. Claudio Ranieri, who usually epitomise calmness, launched a tirade at the media earlier in the week after they questioned his managerial ability following Roma’s poor start to the season. Unfortunately, this wouldn’t signal the end of their bad form.

Roma, without the injured Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi, travelled to in-form Brescia, who extended the capital club’s crisis. Perparim Hetemaj gave the hosts a 13th minute, and it was 2-0 after 65 minutes. Phillipe Mexes gave away a controversial penalty and was consequently sent off, before Andrea Caracciolo doubled Brescia’s lead. Marco Borriello pulled a late goal back for Roma, but it wasn’t enough to prevent them dropping into the relegation zone. Conversely, Brescia have won three games in a row, and occupy third-place.

Another big team looking to end their below-par start to the season is Milan. They could only draw 1-1 with Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico as Sergio Floccari earned the hosts a point with just 10 minutes left. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has had mixed results since his return to Italy, had earlier given Milan the lead with his first league goal of the season.

There were no such problems for Milan’s city rivals Inter. They too hadn’t started as well as new Coach Rafa Benitez would have liked, but thrashed Bari 4-0 to kick-start their title defence. Bari were in good form prior to this encounter at the San Siro, but Diego Milito broke his goal drought to give Inter a first-half lead. Samuel Eto’o then scored two penalties, before Milito added the fourth, restoring Inter to the top of the league.

Fiorentina have struggled since Sinisa Mihajlovic took over, and had goalkeeper Sebastien Frey to thank for earning them a point at Genoa after a succession of excellent saves. Alberto Gilardino had given Fiorentina the lead, before Giandomenico Mesto equalised, but Genoa couldn’t find a way past Frey to get the win they deserved.

Chievo are one of the several smaller clubs in Serie A who have upset the odds so far, and they did so again against Napoli at the San Paolo. Paolo Cannavaro gave the hosts an early lead, but a Gelson Fernandes goal sandwiched between two Sergio Pellissier strikes confirmed a surprise 3-1 win, keeping Chievo second in the league.

A last-minute Marco Di Vaio goal for Bologna condemned Udinese to their fourth-straight defeat, leaving them rooted to the bottom of Serie A. Antonio Di Natale put Udinese a goal up before Henry Giminez equalised for the in-form minnows. Against the run of play, Udinese’s first point of the season was snatched away by Di Vaio.

Newly-promoted Cesena were knocked off the top of the league as they lost for the first time, at Catania. Matias Silvestre gave the Sicilians the lead, and Maxi Lopez made it 2-0, lifting Catania to fourth.

Hernan Crespo’s second-half goal earned Parma a 1-1 draw against Lecce, who had taken the lead with Jeda’s penalty. Cagliari and Sampdoria maintained their decent starts as they shared the spoils with a goalless draw

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