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Scot Munroe On October - 3 - 2011

Serie A Week 5 Round-up: Juventus Motor On

Once again Serie A did not disappoint this weekend with some cracking entertainment. Roma picked up their first home win of the season while Napoli won the Saturday night showdown against opponents Inter.  On Sunday Juventus showed they are real contenders, winning under the roof of there new stadium against champions AC Milan, leaving all Juventi to cheer scudetto here we come.

Saturday 01.10.11

Roma 3-1 Atalanta
Game one of the weekend kicked off in the Stadio Olimpico and it was Roma who came out on top.  The Giallorossi took the lead after 20 minutes when Daniele De Rossi played a lovely ball over the top to Bojan who left footed finished calmly. Ten minutes later it was 2-0 as Atalanta defence cleared a corner for Aleandro Rosi to head back in for Pablo Osavldo to break the offside trap to lob the keeper and to finish into an empty net. Atalanta pulled one back just after half time as Roma defence was slow to react to a short corner on which Schelotto crossed in for German Denis to head home. With ten minutes to go Roma got the third and killed off the game with a fantastic goal. Fabio Simplicio played a lovely one-two with Miralem Pjanic and then Simplicio with a delightful lob over the on rushing keeper to make it 3-1.

Inter Milan 0-3 Napoli
Saturday night game would see the visitors victorious in Inter vs Napoli. Just before the half time interval Napoli were awarded a questionable penalty as Joel Obi fouled Christian Maggio. Obi then was sent off after picking up a second yellow would watch Marek Hamsik have his penalty saved and then Hugo Campagnaro net the rebound, 0-1 to Napoli. The Partenopei would increase there scoreline with a second goal just before the hour mark on a defensive error. Nagatomo caught out would allow Maggio in with space to lob the ball over Julio Cesar. The final score of the match would again go to the visitors during the final 15 minutes as Ezequiel Lavezzi played a defence splitting ball to Hamsik whose side-footed finish killed the game off for 10-men Inter.

Sunday 02.10.11
Novara 3-3 Catania
The lunch time kick off delivered a stormer of a game with six goals and late equaliser. Catania took the lead early on a Nicola Legrottaglie tapped home from a Francesco Lodi corner. Novara was awarded a penalty just after half time as Gennaro Delvecchio handled in the area. Rigoni stepped up a slotted home. Seven minutes later Catania took the lead again. It was a Francesco Lodi trademark free kick which flew into the top corner. With over 20 minutes remaining Novara got the equaliser and it was Catania former striker Morimoto with the equaliser as headed home from close range. With 5 remaining Novara went ahead when Jeda sprung the offside trap to finish on the second occasion by Andujar. But in stoppage time Catania got the equaliser in a mad last half hour when Gomez beat the on rushing keeper with a very calm finish.

Cesena 0-0 Chievo
Cesena got their first point of the season over the flying Donkeys but it could have been so much better. Adrian Mutu had a penalty saved. On the hour Cesena were awarded a penalty as Cesar brought down Bogdani for the penalty. Adrian Mutu stepped up and Stefano Sorrentino guessed right and pulled off a brilliant save to deny the Romanian attacker.

Fiorentina 1-2 Lazio
Lazio fought back from a goal down to ease Edy Reja pressure as boss. Fiorentina took the lead after 8 minutes as a Stevan Jovetic cross was not cleared and it fell to Alessio Cerci who chested down and stroked home from close range. Just before the half hour Lazio equalised and it was brilliant goal as some fantastic build up play from Lazio found Hernanes on the left hand side who with a step over and drilled in on the angle. With 8 minutes remaining Miroslav Klose got the winner from a header from close range.

Lecce 0-2 Cagliari
Lecce poor form continues as Cagliari came away with the points. In the opening ten minutes the opening goal of the game as Cossu crossed in for Thiago Ribero but the final touch came off Brivio for the own goal. The 2nd came just before half time as Agostini cross from the left found Davide Biondini who stretched home to net.

Palermo 2-0 Siena
Palermo brilliant start to the season continues with this home win over Siena. The opening goal of the game came after 18 minutes as Fabrizio Miccoli free kick found Giulio Migliaccio who headed home. Early in the second half Federico Balzaretti was sent off for picking up a second yellow card for a hand ball. The 2nd Palermo goal came in stoppage time and it came from the penalty spot after Zahavi was brought down. Siena lost Rossettini for a second yellow card for protesting. Abel Hernandez stepped up and converted.

Parma 3-1 Genoa
A Sebastian Giovinco brilliant performance gave Parma the home win. The opening goal of the game came before the half hour as Sergio Floccari played in Giovinco who beat his defenders and lobbed Sebastian Frey. Just before half time Parma was awarded the penalty after Giovinco was brought down by Juraj Kucka. The Atomic Ant dusted himself down and converted the penalty. Early in the second half Parma killed the game off. It was Sebastian Giovinco who crossed in for Jonathan Biabiany who found Morrone who hit the post and then converted from the rebound. In stoppage time Genoa were awarded a penalty as Rodrigo Palacio was brought down by Gabriel Paletta. Palacio converted the penalty.

Udinese 2-0 Bologna
Udinese fine form continues as they took top spot only for a few hours. Udinese took the lead just before the half hour as Mehdi Benatia was found unmarked from a corner to tap home from 7 yards. The 2nd came with 20 minutes remaining and it was talisman Antonio Di Natale with the goal from the penalty spot. Diego Perez brought down Pablo Armero with a very clumsy challenge. Antonio Di Natale took the penalty and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way.

Juventus 2-0 AC Milan
The Sunday night game did not disappoint and Juventus took the spoils and they definitely deserved it. Both goals came late on in the game. With just three minutes remaining the opening goal of the game came as Claudio Marchisio give and go between both Vidal and Vucinic fell to Marchisio but Bonera clearance deflected off Marchisio past Abbiati and into the net. Just a minute later Kevin Prince-Boateng was sent off as he picked up his second yellow card off the game for a slap on Chiellini. The 2nd goal came in stoppage time and it was a goalkeeping howler as Christian Abbiati failed to deal with a Claudio Marchiso long range effort and it squirmed between the keeper legs. This was a goalkeeping blunder.

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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