Serie A Rounds 4 and 5

Round 4

Sep 21, 2013

Cagliari 2 – 2 Sampdoria
Ekdal 26, Conti 90+1 – Gabbiadini 89, 90+5

Chievo 2 – 1 Udinese
Pellissier 13, Rigoni 40 – Maicosuel 1

Genoa 0 – 0 Livorno

Sep 22, 2013

Sassuolo 0 – 7 Inter
Palacio 7, Taider 23, Pucino 33 og, Alvarez 53, Milito 64, 83, Cambiasso 75

Inter’s Diego Milito played for the first time after a long injury layoff.

Atalanta 0 – 2 Fiorentina
Matias Fernandez 41, Giuseppe Rossi 69

Bologna 1 – 2 Torino
Natali 29 – D’Ambrosio 2, Cerci 45 pen
Sent off: Natali 46 (Bologna, sent off at half time for protesting the penalty decision)

Catania 0 – 0 Parma

Juventus 2 – 1 Verona
Tevez 40, Llorente 45+4 – Cacciatore 36

Roma 2 – 0 Lazio
Balzaretti 63, Ljajic 90+3 pen
Sent off: Andre Dias 82 (Lazio, straight red card)

Balzaretti burst into tears after opening the scoring, his first goal in Roma shirt. Lazio’s Andre Dias got a straight red card for elbowing Totti less than 5 minutes after coming on as a sub, a bit harsh decision but Totti is a sacred cow in Italy. Ljajic sealed the victory with an injury time penalty. First derby win for Roma in two and a half years.

Milan 1 – 2 Napoli
Balotelli 90+1 – Britos 6, Higuain 54
Missed pen: Balotelli 61 (goalkeeper)
Sent off: Balotelli 90+3 (Milan, two yellow cards for attacking the ref after the final whistle)

Balotelli had a penalty saved for the first time in his career. He also scored a beautiful (but worthless) goal in the injury time and then got sent off after the final whistle for an attempt to attack the ref, earning himself a three-match ban.

Round 5

Sep 24, 2013

Udinese 1 – 0 Genoa
Di Natale 79

Sep 25, 2013

Bologna 3 – 3 Milan
Laxalt 33, 52, Cristaldo 62 – Poli 12, Robinho 89, Abate 90+1

Milan were without Mario Balotelli who was serving the first of his 3-game suspension. Allegri’s Milan are totally Balotelli-dependant so it was no wonder that two minutes from the end they were trailing by two goals. However, their chaotic attacks in the end allowed them to salvage a point. I wonder why Allegri is still the Milan coach, the management’s belief in him is beyond my understanding.

Chievo 1 – 2 Juventus
Thereau 28 – Quagliarella 47, Bernardini 65 og

Lazio 3 – 1 Catania
Ederson 4, Lulic 39, Hernanes 90 – Barrientos 6
Sent off: Bellusci 60 (Catania, second yellow)

Livorno 1 – 1 Cagliari
Luci 23 – Ibarbo 53

Napoli 1 – 1 Sassuolo
Dzemaili 15 – Zaza 20

Sassuolo earned their very first point in Serie A. While I knew Sassuolo weren’t a bad side at all and just had been a bit unlucky not to get anything from the previous rounds, still this result is very unexpected. First points dropped by Napoli this season.

Parma 4 – 3 Atalanta
Mesbah 19, Parolo 28, 40, Rosi 35 – Bonaventura 20, Denis 44, Livaja 79
Sent off: Amauri 52 (Parma, straight red card for insulting the ref)

Sampdoria 0 – 2 Roma
Benatia 65, Gervinho 88
Sent off: Barilla 90+1 (Sampdoria, second yellow)

Roma have scored all their 12 league goals this season in second halfs. While coach Rudi Garcia gives his post-match interviews in reasonably good Italian, he claims he does not understand the Italian word scudetto. All right, it’s really too early in the season and his side still hasn’t faced neither Juve nor the Milan giants.

Torino 2 – 2 Verona
Cerci 36 pen, 52 – Gomez Taleb 44, Jorginho 67 pen

Sep 26, 2013

Internazionale 2 – 1 Fiorentina
Cambiasso 72, Jonathan 83 – Giuseppe Rossi 60 pen

Standings:
Roma 15
Inter 13
Napoli 13
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Juventus 13
Fiorentina 10
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Lazio 9
Livorno 8
Torino 8
Udinese 7
Verona 7
Cagliari 6
Milan 5
Parma 5
Genoa 4
Chievo 4
Bologna 3
Atalanta 3
Sampdoria 2
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Catania 1
Sassuolo 1

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