Serie A, Round 10: Roman perfection rises above dramatic midweek matches

Giuseppe Bellini

Top team Roma beat bottom side Chievo in a totally expected result, but not all of the Serie A games played out the way you might have thought.

Round 10 is over, the votes have been tallied and the results are in: Roma are still number one. That's right, it's a perfect 10 for the giallorossi. However, the midweek Serie A matches featured much more excitement than the rather dull 1-0 played out in Rome. There were 27 goals scored this time around, and an impressive five red cards handed out. Four penalties were handed out, although only three were scored, and there should've been at least one more trip to the spot -- although surely many fans would like to point out when, exactly, their club should have been awarded a free shot at goal.

Tuesday

Atalanta 1-1 Inter Milan

Once again, Inter failed to win on the road, making that three consecutive draws away from the San Siro -- and in each of those times, Inter have given up the lead. This week, Ricky Alvarez put the visitors ahead before 20 minutes were up, but it took less than ten minutes for Germán Denis to equalize. Inter remain fourth, but even with Verona and just a point above Fiorentina.

Full match report here

Wednesday

AC Milan 1-1 Lazio

Massimiliano Allegri continues to just barely hang on at Milan, perhaps because favorable results have his side still in 10th place. But a meeting with Fiorentina could spell the end if the chips don't fall right. The rossoneri celebrated like mad when returning hero Kaka scored his first goal, but Lazio replied with a goal from Michael Ciani. That's Ciani's first for Lazio and it possibly prompted a full on makeout session from Vladimir Petkovic, as the biancocelesti coach wasn't exactly feeling the love himself after the last few weeks.

Full match report here

Cagliari 0-3 Bologna

Although they're still in 17th, Bologna are now three points clear of the relegation zone, which must have Stefano Pioli sleeping a bit better at night. György Garics scored the first goal but it was the sending off of Nicola Murru early in the second half that really buried Cagliari. Panagiotis Kone and Michele Pazienza (yes, really) put in two more, while the hosts could barely get in a shot. After a decent start to the season, the isolani are now only four points clear. Perhaps it was better being homeless?

Fiorentina 1-2 Napoli

It wasn't the best of nights for Fiorentina. Goals from José Callejón and Dries Mertens bracketed a fantastic penalty from Giuseppe Rossi, and the viola spent the entire second half doing their best to get an equalizer -- or even the winner. The hosts were the better side for the majority of the match, and it very nearly paid off. In injury time, Juan Cuadrado got the ball inside the area and had his shin clipped by Gokhan Inler. But the Colombian had been booked for simulation earlier in the match, and rather than award a penalty, the referee gave him a second yellow and sent him off the pitch.

Full match report here

Genoa 1-0 Parma

Marco Parolo didn't score :(

Hellas Verona 2-0 Sampdoria

No surprises here, except perhaps that Samp didn't score from a corner. Goals from Juanito and Luca Toni insured Verona remain perfect at home.

Juventus 4-0 Catania

Catania's lengthy injury list did them no favors against the Old Lady -- but neither did Gigi De Canio's interesting choices for the starting XI. The new boss kept veterans on the bench and sent his boys out in a strange 3-4-1-2 formation that did nothing to contain Juve. The goals came courtesy of Arturo Vidal, Andrea Pirlo, Carlos Tévez and Leonardo Bonucci.

Full match report here

Livorno 3-3 Torino

Who knew that the most exciting match of the round would be between Livorno and Torino? Goals from Ciro Immobile and Kamil Glik had the visitors ahead  before ten minutes were up. Livorno fought back with a pair from Paulinho and Greco. After the restart, the hosts pulled ahead with a goal from Emerson. But the amaranto were denied all three points when Leandro Rinaudo forgot using hands wasn't allowed, and Alessio Cerci made no mistakes with the resulting penalty.

Sassuolo 1-2 Udinese

Antonio Di Natale converted an early penalty after Reto Ziegler brought down Dusan Basta inside the area, but Simone Zaza answered soon after with a great finish after a fast counterattack. Zaza turned the villain later in the match, earning a straight red for a foul on Gabriel Silva, but it didn't much matter -- Luis Muriel had already sealed the goal for the zebrette, earning their first away point of the season.

Thursday

AS Roma 1-0 Chievo Verona

Roma are slipping. Just one goal in each of their last two matches played. At this rate, by Round 16 they'll finally drop points in a goalless draw. But, goodness, how bad must Chievo be to let Marco Borriello score? Oh, right. As bad as their bottom of the table status indicates.

Full match report here

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