Round 24 of Serie A began with Napoli recording a solid 3-0 victory over Fiorentina, while Inter Milan were humiliated at home to Bologna, also 3-0. Yesterday saw Juventus come from behind to defeat 10-man Catania, 3-1, with Andrea Pirlo scoring his first goal in the bianconeri strip. Later on, Palermo host Lazio and Cagliari travel to Udinese. But first, a quick round-up of the early Sunday matches:
After two consecutive scoreless draws, Lecce finally realized they wouldn't be staying in Serie A if they didn't score some goals. Not sure if scoring them all in one match is the way to go, but the salentini have pulled themselves into within two points of safety. Unfortunately, Siena still have a game in hand. Cristiano Del Grosso actually scored first for the visitors, but Luis Muriel, Juan Cuadrado, and Davide Brivio all scored for Lecce, while David Di Michele converted a penalty.
Parma must be regretting allowing Fabio Borini to move to Roma, as it was his lone goal that separated the two sides this afternoon. The win puts the giallorossi back up in fifth place, but with Roma this season, it's more about finding consistency than anything else.
Was there ever really a doubt that Milan would pick up all three points against the seahorses? The win moves the rossoneri back into first place, although Juventus still have a game in hand. With both teams racking up three goals against their opposition this weekend, next week's match should be a thriller. Max Allegri gave Sulley Muntari his debut, with the Inter loanee repaying the Milan manager with the first goal of the match. Urby Emanuelson added another just two minutes later, and Robinho got the third in the second half. Daniel Pudil scored for Cesena in the 65th minute, but no true comeback ever materialized.
I have never been more surprised in my life. Did you know Novara have scored just once in their last six league matches? It's hard to believe they'll find a way out of the relegation zone.
When Genoa beat Udinese, Lazio and Napoli after the break, many thought the grifone had turned it around under Pasquale Marino. But the loss to Chievo, coming off the foot of Cyril Théréau, gives Genoa three straight defeats -- is it time to board the Serie A managerial merry-go-round once again?