Serie A Weekend Review: Udinese Put Seven Past Palermo, Inter Beat Sampdoria To Move Into Second

PALERMO, ITALY - FEBRUARY 27: Alexis Sanchez (Top) of Udinese celebrates with team-mates after scoring his team's fifth goal during the Serie A match between US Citta di Palermo and Udinese Calcio at Stadio Renzo Barbera on February 27, 2011 in Palermo, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)

Last week's Serie A results barely shifted the table. This week, the most significant moves include Catania climbing further away from relegation and Inter Milan wiggling into second place -- albeit with a game in hand over Napoli and AC Milan. Although there were few other sea changes in Italy, what the games revealed were that the results of the last month weren't really flukes: Juventus continue to slide, Roma (new manager or no new manager) are unable to hold on to a lead, Cagliari are a decent club and Palermo need to learn to defend. Oh, and Udinese? They're the real thing. Seven goals of real, baby. Alexis Sánchez will likely haunt the Bari players' nightmares all week, while Palermo will do their best to push him (and his little captain Toto) out of their memories.

Juventus 0-2 Bologna

Someone must have set a voodoo curse on the home goal on Saturday, as evidenced by the amount of shots that hit an invisible force field surrounding the goal and bounced off to safety. Unfortunately for Juventus, fate did not curse Bologna the same way, with captain Marco Di Vaio bagging a brace to give the visitors all three points. Despite a decent attacking effort  by Juve, it's the results that matter, and their second consecutive defeat to supposedly inferior competition has Beppe Marotta announcing that coach Gigi Delneri is "up for review." Of course, if Juventus choose next week's match, against AC Milan, to stage their comeback, all will be forgiven.

Catania 2-1 Genoa

Haters gonna hate. Haters gonna tell you to not bother with matches outside the top of the table. Haters gonna be wrong. Last week, Genoa came back from a 3-0 deficit to beat Roma 4-3, but this week, it was Catania that turned the tables, battling back to a 2-1 win that leaves them four points clear of the relegation zone. After Catania took the lead, Mimmo Criscito was shown a straight red for a tackle on Catania midfielder Francesco Lodi. Two minutes later, Antonio Flores Flores managed a red card from the bench for a mature display of insults directed at the referee, but Genoa continued with ten men. Five minutes later, the visitors had a chance to equalize when Błażej Augustyn was sent off for a foul on Alberto Paloschi, but Mariano Andújar palmed away Miguel Veloso's spot kick to preserve Catania's lead.

Cesena 1-0 Chievo Verona

Chievo are determined to prove that they're only able to score against the biggest teams in Serie A. Again, the Flying Donkeys sat back in defense, but their increasingly desperate need to keep a clean sheet brought about their downfall. Erjon Bogdani drew the penalty, Luiz Jiménez stepped up to the spot, and although Stefano Sorrentino guessed right, he couldn't keep the shot out.

Bari 1-1 Fiorentina

Fiorentina continue to slide, having won just twice in 11 games in 2011. A last-gasp comeback by last-place Bari must have made the Viola a bit sick to their stomachs, particularly as Bari are a full ten points adrift of safety.

Cagliari 1-0 Lazio

The comical failings of Roma and Juventus often keep Lazio's weaknesses out of the limelight, but it's now hard to deny that Lazio's time at the top of the table really was a fluke. With the loss against Cagliari, Lazio are down in fourth, just one point above red-hot Udinese. To top it off, the Cagliari victory came via a Lazio own goal. Backup keeper Tommaso Berni rushed forward to meet Robert Acquafresca, who sent in a shot that Andre Dias attempted to clear but instead put into the back of the net. Whoopsie.

Brescia 2-2 Lecce

Lecce are fighting tooth and nail to stay above the drop zone, battling back from 2-0 to preserve a point. The home side scored two in two minutes, successive headers by Andrea Caracciolo and Davide Zoboli giving them the lead. Substitute Daniele Corvia scored Lecce's first in the 32nd, with Gianni Munari adding the equalizer in the 69th, helped along by Marco Zambelli's failed clearance. Controversy reigned in stoppage time, with a Brescia goal ruled out for offside, although replays suggest otherwise.

Roma 2-2 Parma

Sometimes it's hard to judge which of the week's Serie A matches was, in fact, the funniest. Lazio's own goal? The loss by Juventus? Roma's inability to keep a lead yet again but them in the running, but in the end failings by Palermo kept them out of the top spot. Vincenzo Montella may have led Roma to a midweek win against Bologna, but Sunday saw them slipping back into their old ways, holding a lead until the 73rd minute when Amauri bagged a brace inside five minutes to give Parma a point. Are Juventus missing their Brazilian striker yet?

Palermo 0-7 Udinese

It would be impossible to convey the true wonder of this 7-0 thrubbing by Udinese in just a few sentences. Antonio Di Natale got a hat-trick. Alexis Sánchez one-upped Toto by grabbing four goals in thirty minutes. Palermo had not one but two men sent off. For further details on how it all went down, click here. Udinese lifted themselves within one point of a Champions League position with that impressive win.

Sampdoria 0-2 Inter Milan

During the first half, it appeared as though Sampdoria had stolen the goal Juventus had used on Saturday, complete with its curse. Shots hit the woodwork and bounced near the line, but nothing managed to find the back of the net. In the second half, it was Wesley Sneijder's free kick that made the difference. The Dutchman is known for his ability to find the net from a free kick, and it's clear the Wesley of old is finally back, first scoring and then hitting the post from another minutes later. Samuel Eto'o doubled Inter's lead in the last play of the match, moving them up into second place as they -- and we -- await Napoli's visit to AC Milan on Monday.

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