Serie A Half Season: Round 19

The round of three incredible results with Inter going down 0-3 at Udinese; Fiorentina and Juve both losing at home to lowly Pescara and Sampdoria, respectively.

Jan 5, 2013

Catania 0 – 0 Torino

After just 12 minutes Catania found themselves a man down: Meggiorini did Lodi a light anckle massage with the studs of his boot, the Catania captain returned the favor by slapping him on the back of the head, Meggiorini went down in agony, red card for Lodi. How stupid. Later in the first half Bergessio sent a penalty into the crossbar, Catania’s designated penalty taker Lodi wasn’t available to take the spot kick for obvious reasons.

Lazio 2 – 1 Cagliari
Konko 79, Candreva 86 pen – Sau 62

Five minutes from time with the score at 1-1 Cagliari goalkeeper Agazzi brought down Klose in the box and was punished with a penalty and a yellow card which was his second. A minute later the ref made things even worse for the visitors, sending off Cossu for protesting. A rare case of triple punishment. Candreva gave Lazio the three points from the spot.

6th defeat in a row for Cagliari.

Jan 6, 2013

Udinese 3 – 0 Inter
Di Natale 63, 79, Muriel 75

Di Natale hit the crossbar with an amazing free kick from 30 meters. The Udinese captain demonstrated typical clinical finishing in the second half after Lazzarri launched the ball into the Inter area. A minute later Inter were reduced to ten men, Juan got his second yellow card. Muriel doubled the hosts’ advantage 15 minutes from time, then Lazzarri provided another assist for Di Natale to make it 3-0.

Inter players looked pretty weird in their all-red outfit.

Milan 2 – 1 Siena
Bojan 67, Pazzini 80 pen – Paolucci 87

Abbiati made a great save from Rosina. Bojan came on as a sub and headed in the opener at the near post after a cross by Boateng. Pazzini earned a penalty with a ridiculous dive, he himself converted for his 8th goal of the campaign. Three minutes from time Paolucci headed in a consolation goal for Siena after a cross from the right.

Chievo 1 – 0 Atalanta
Cofie 37

Fiorentina 0 – 2 Pescara
Jonathas 57, Celik 90+1

It took at least three miracle saves from Pescara goalkeeper Perin to keep the hosts scoreless in the first half. In the second, Jonathas headed in a cross from the left by Weiss. Roncaglia gifted Pescara the second goal after he lost posession in own half while being the last man.

Genoa 2 – 0 Bologna
Borriello 57, 73

Marco Borriello apparently has resolved his misunderstandings with the club as he was included in the starting eleven and gave Genoa the win with two second half strikes. Two minutes into stoppages Bologna’s Guarente got his second yellow card for protesting the first.

Juventus 1 – 2 Sampdoria
Giovinco 24 pen – Icardi 52, 69

Giovinco put Juve into the lead from the penalty earned by Marchisio. It took Smpdoria’s Berardi only 32 minutes to collect two yellow cards and be expelled, so Juve were all set for a comfortable home win. Icredibly, that was not to happen. In the second half, a bad error by Buffon gifted the visitors the equalizer, the ball slipped in under the Juve captain’s palms. About 20 minutes from time Icardi scored his second goal of the night by thumping the ball into the near top corner leaving Buffon no time to raise his hands, excellent finishing. On the other end, substitute Vucinic hit the underside of the crossbar but the ball bounced down into the goalline and out. Vucinic later missed another great chance to equalize.

Pretty shocking result, and understandable was the joy of the new Samp coach Delio Rossi.

Parma 2 – 1 Palermo
Belfodil 63, Amauri 90+3 – Budan 85

Napoli 4 – 1 Roma
Cavani 4, 48, 70, Maggio 90 – Osvaldo 72

Roma were the better side but only Napoli were actually scoring goals — that is, Cavani was. El Matador opened the scoring very early on after a good through ball by Pandev. Roma had a lot of chances but failed to convert any. Cavani doubled the hosts’ advantage early in the second half with a shot on the turn while being surrounded by no less than four Roma players in the area. He then added the third goal, a header from Pandev corner, for his 16th league goal of the season. Subsitute Osvaldo pulled a goal back for the visitors with a first-time shot after Pjanic neatly threaded the ball to him. This was the last contribution by Pjanic because two minutes later he went into a reckless two-footed tackle on Dzemaili earning himself the second yellow card of the night. Michael Bradley came close to scoring for Roma three times in the second half (all headers) before Maggio sealed the victory for Napoli on the counter.

Standings:
Juventus 44
Lazio 39
Napoli 37 (-2)
Fiorentina 35
Inter 35
Roma 32
Milan 30
Parma 29
Udinese 27
Catania 26
Chievo 24
Atalanta 22 (-2)
Torino 20 (-1)
Sampdoria 20 (-1)
Pescara 20
Bologna 18
Genoa 17
Cagliari 16
Palermo 15
Siena 11 (-6)

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