Sunday night in Italy showcased three teams battling for the Serie A European positions. Lazio and Udinese remain locked in a struggle for third, while Napoli have leapfrogged Roma to land in fifth.
Boy, Udinese must be thrilled to have captain Antonio Di Natale back. Toto's missed the last couple matches with injury, but now he's back and winning penalties. His goal from the spot gave the visitors the 1-0 lead going into the break. Dušan Basta gave the zebrette a cushion with his goal in the 57th minute. Things got a bit crazy in the last ten minutes, after Panagiotis Kone pulled one back for Bologna. Antonio Floro Flores made sure the visitors stayed comfortable, however, restoring their two goal advantage in the 85th minute. The win keeps Udinese third, although Lazio remain even on points...
Speaking of players being "back," Miroslav Klose was first on the scoresheet for Lazio tonight, scoring in the 35th minute. According to football geek Rocco Cammisola, the biancocelesti would be 15th in Serie A in the absence of Klose's goals and assists. Wise buy for Lazio, but will the German be enough to see the club through to the Champions League positions? After the half, we experienced more fun with ghost goals, as Alessio Cerci appeared to equalise for the Viola, but the goal was ruled offside. Alas, the hapless Fiorentina continue their slide toward the relegation zone.
Just when it seemed as though we were all wasting 90 minutes of our lives watching a goalless draw, Napoli finally broke the deadlock. Blerim Dzemaili, standing in for Marek Hamsik, sent in the ball for Ezequiel Lavezzi, who knocked it against the post and into the back of the net. After Salvatore Aronica saw a straight red for a foul on Marco Faraoni, giving Inter 12 minutes to find an equalizer. But with tactical changes for Walter Mazzarri's side, the most they could do was send their shots off target. The win puts the partenopei into fifth place, although they remain five points out of the Champions League positions.