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Julian De Martinis On May - 3 - 2011

Six Things We Learned This Weekend

Maybe Sampdoria don’t want to go down after all

For an entire half, Sampdoria-Brescia played out like a classically dour game between two sides so desperate for points, neither wanted to risk conceding. Then the 50th minute game and the game exploded, resulting in six goals before the end of the match. Each side earned a point which does little for either side. Brescia lie in 19th and are likely relegated, five points from safety with only nine left to play for. Sampdoria sit a mere point above the drop and still have to face Genoa, Palermo and Roma. Relegation isn’t quite decided just yet.

Parma should’ve started this much earlier

Against Palermo, Parma strung together their third win in a row- the first in months that didn’t involve a goal from Amauri. The home side were up by two goals within twenty minutes and while a second half goal from Javier Pastore may have threatened the balance, Antonio Candreva nicked another before the end of the game to ensure all three points. Parma are now up to thirteenth and surely safe from relegation, as well as being only one of two teams in the league that has won its last three games (the other being Milan). If only Parma had been playing like this all season, they may have done more than force Mauro Zamparini to claim that Delio Rossi most likely won’t be Palermo’s coach next season. They could be in Europe.

Giampaolo Pazzini is still one of the most decisive players in Italy

When Pazzini and Antonio Cassano fired Sampdoria into the Champions’ League last year, many wondered if there was a more decisive duo around in Serie A. Pazzini’s evidence on the weekend suggested that he remains one of the most reliable players in the league. He added two to his twelve league goals in stoppage time to turn an Inter loss into a win against Cesena, prompting coach Leonardo to joke that these turnarounds are planned before the matches even begin. Inter fans may have felt like they were watching another team this weekend…

Napoli still like late winners

Marik Hamsik’s 83rd minute goal against Genoa was one of a seemingly infinite number of late goals that Walter Mazzarri’s team has scored this season. After two losses, however, Napoli surely will take the win gladly, no matter how stressfully it came. Tifosi may feel as if this season has been quite rough with so many last gasp point-grabs, but they should enjoy it while it lasts: it works. Napoli are now mathematically secure of Champions’ League football next year, leaving just that fourth spot to be decided.

Milan can grind their way to the title

Mathieu Flamini scored the only goal of the match for the league leaders in the eighth minute against Bologna, keeping the side on course for the Scudetto. This was Milan’s second one-nil win in a row, illustrating that Massimiliano Allegri’s side are capable of the ugly wins that are supposedly staples of title winning sides. Milan now simply need a point from their remaining three games to ensure that they finish first.

Keep Rosi in the dark

Roma aren’t supposed to do well matches like the one against Bari. A must-win game? Usually not I Lupi’s fare. Indeed, it seemed as if quite a bit was going against the team who knew that only a win would keep them in the hunt for first. Bari dominated from the first minute onward, scored the first goal, and regained the lead nearly immediately after Francesco Totti equalized. Two sendings off were not enough to stop Roma however, who capitalized on a penalty and a very very late winner by Aleandro Rosi to keep the side in the hunt. As Totti passed Roberto Baggio on the list of all time Serie A goals, fellow stalwarts Daniele De Rossi and Simone Perrotta were sent off from two moments of madness, sure signs that the pressure was getting to the side as it usually does. Rosi seemed unaware of all of this as he bundled in the late goal. Vincenzo Montella would do well to never tell him.

Julian De Martinis

Calcio, Azzurri, and Roma tifosi. Blogger, correspondent, podcast host (@LaMagicast). Lover of books, movies, wordplay, family, and a good cappuccino.

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  • Ted

    Pazzini jumps very high. I wonder what his vertical is.

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