Serie A Round 21

In the week prior to this round, Napoli had their two points returned to them as a result of the club’s appeal. Captain Paolo Cannavaro was also cleared of the charges, had his ban annulled, and is now allowed to play. Also in midweek the Coppa Italia quarter finals were played: Lazio 3 – 0 Catania, Juventus 2 – 1 Milan, Inter 3 – 2 Bologna, Fiorentina 0 – 1 Roma. The last three required the extra-time, so all the participants had to play 120 minutes except Lazio and Catania.

Jan 19, 2013

Palermo 2 – 2 Lazio
Arevalo 70, Dybala 72 – Floccari 10, Hernanes 84 pen

Juventus 4 – 0 Udinese
Pogba 41, 66, Vucinic 72, Matri 80

French youngster Pogba gave Juve the lead with a fantastic strike from some 35 meters, he hit the ball with the outside of his right foot and sent it into the top corner, the ball went in off the crossbar. Pogba’s second goal was also a long-range shot from the central zone in front of the area, though it was not as spectacular as his first. Vucinic and Matri completed the rout.

Jan 20, 2013

Fiorentina 1 – 1 Napoli
Roncaglia 33 – Cavani 42

Roncaglia from the half way line sent a long ball forward, de Sanctis came out for the ball, collided with an own defender, missed the ball completely and it bounced off the ground and into the empty net. Roncaglia was visibly surprized by his success. Cavani headed in the equalizer nine minutes later after a free kick for his 100th goal in the Serie A.

Milan 2 – 1 Bologna
Pazzini 65, 82 – Mexes 84 og

Milan made Agliardi in Bologna goal work really hard and he pulled about a dozen saves before Pazzini finally broke the deadlock twenty minutes into the second half. He received the ball in the area after Abate crossed from the right, turned around and scored via a deflection. Pazzini’s second goal was similar in some way, only after receiving the ball he did a sombrero on his marker before blasting the ball into the net, nice execution. Mexes scored an own goal two minutes later.

Chievo 1 – 1 Parma
Paloschi 56 – Belfodil 40

Genoa 0 – 2 Catania
Bergessio 4, Barrientos 86

Pescara 0 – 2 Torino
Santana 4, Cerci 41

Santana beat the offside trap to score the opener for the visitors early on; he might have been just offside but the goal stood. Cerci doubled Torino’s advantage a few minutes before the break. Pescara created many chances in the second half but failed to convert any. Weiss got a yellow card for diving in the box, then 15 minutes later he got fouled near the Torino area, the ref considered that a dive too and showed the Slovak his second yellow! A harsh decision.

Weiss is excellent, he will surely start the next season in a bigger club.

Siena 1 – 0 Sampdoria
Bogdani 71

Atalanta 1 – 1 Cagliari
Stendardo 57 – Canini 2 og

Less than two minutes into the game Sau on a counter-attack ran with the ball down the left and his center was inadvertently turned in by the former Cagliari player Canini. Denis missed a couple of sitters in the first half. Stendardo headed in a corner for the equalizer in the second. Ten minutes from time Atalanta’s Giorgi was shown his second yellow card for an unnecessary foul in midfield.

Roma 1 – 1 Inter
Totti 22 pen – Palacio 45

Standings:
Juventus 48
Lazio 43
Napoli 43
Inter 39
Fiorentina 36
Milan 34
Roma 33
Catania 32
Parma 31
Udinese 30

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