With upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Bulgaria and Montenegro on October 11 and 15th, Italian national team manager Marcello Lippi finds himself scrambling to suit up players for his squad. Italy was already heading into the matches sans Marco Materazzi (Inter Milan), Fabio Grosso (Lyon), Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan), and Vincenzo Iaquinta (Juventus) because of a host of injuries. Now, news today has Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) and Mauro Camoranesi (Juventus) added to the list of wounded.
Udinese have moved second, level on points with leaders Lazio, after a 2-0 win over Torino on Sunday.
Udinese claimed a straightforward success over the Turin outfit with a goal in each half from striker Fabio Quagliarella (44 & 77).
Following Lazio’s failure to win on Saturday, Udinese are now level with them and Inter – but they separate the two on goal-difference.
The late game saw bottom-of-the-table Cagliari hold AC Milan to a goalless draw on Sardinia – who are not three points off the top of the table.
The Brazilian powerfully headed home a cross from compatriot Kaka in the 36th minute as Jose Mourinho tasted his first defeat as Inter boss.
The Nerazzurri finished the game with 10 men after Nicolas Burdisso was sent off in the 77th minute, while Marco Materazzi was also sent to the stands from the Inter bench for protesting too strongly in a fiery end to the derby.
Julio Cruz stepped off the substitutes’ bench to score the only goal of the game and send Internazionale clear at the top of the Serie A table with a 1-0 win over Lecce .
New Inter boss Jose Mourinho was famed for making match-winning substitutions during his time at Chelsea, and did so again at the San Siro as Cruz netted just seven minutes after coming on for defender Cristian Chivu in the 72nd minute.
It was a timely strike from the Argentinian that prevented a frustrating night for Inter and sent them a point clear at the top of the Serie A table.
Champions Internazionale went back to the top of the Serie A table with a 3-1 away win over Torino while city rivals Milan won their first points of the season with a 4-1 demolition of previously unbeaten Lazio at the San Siro.
Juventus kept up the pressure on the new league leaders with a 1-0 away win over Cagliari but Napoli stuttered with a goalless draw at Udinese and Sampdoria were held 1-1 draw by recently promoted Chievo.
Elsewhere, Fiorentina beat Bologna 1-0, Lecce drew 1-1 with Siena and Palermo won 2-1 at home to Genoa.
Milan continued their terrible early-season form with a 2-0 Serie A defeat at Genoa, making it two losses in two matches.
GENOA 2 MILAN 0
Giuseppe Sculli fired the home side in front on the half hour after Diego Milito had chested the ball into his path in front of goal.
Milan tried to respond after the break but Genoa were more dangerous on the counter-attack and Milito sealed the win with a late penalty after a foul by Paolo Maldini.
Milan have no points in Serie A following their 2-1 defeat by promoted Bologna at the San Siro in their opener.
Milan’s Kaka could return from injury and make his first Serie A appearance of the season at Genoa on Sunday.
The FIFA World Player of the Year missed Milan’s opening-day defeat by Bologna and most of the pre-season after suffering pain in his left knee, which was operated on in June.
However, the Brazilian playmaker is expected to return to competitive action this weekend after coming through the second half of a 2-0 defeat at second-division Swiss side Lugano in a friendly on Wednesday.
“I don’t feel any pain and that’s the most important thing, so I expect to be there at Genoa,” Kaka was quoted as saying by La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Anyone who has ever seen Ben Affleck and J-Lo’s classically pitiful cinematic plutonium bomb, Gigli, knows that its one of the worst movies ever painfully recorded on film. It’s so bad, it makes Affleck’s horrible holiday follow up, Surviving Christmas, look like It’s a Wonderful Life.
Gigli is the punch line for many, many jokes. It’s universally regarded as perhaps the most abhorrent waste of money the film industry has ever seen. It’s Hindenberg bad. It’s Costner bad. It’s possibly worse than some tropical diseases bad. Just ask Affleck. Even he’ll tell you.
I have a joke for you about Gigli though…
Francesco Valiani scored a stunning goal as promoted Bologna beat Milan 2-1 at the San Siro to spoil Ronaldinho’s Serie A debut.
Midfielder Valiani blasted the ball home from outside the box in the 79th minute after Massimo Ambrosini had cancelled out Marco Di Vaio’s goal for Bologna in the first half.
Rangers took the first installment of the Glasgow derby on Sunday behind a brace from former Celtic forward Kenny Miller. New addition Pedro Mendes also scored. The Portuguese midfielder joined Rangers this summer from Premiership outfit Portsmouth. 31-year-old Gabonese forward Daniel Cousin rounded out Rangers’ score sheet.
Rangers were busy in the end weeks of the transfer period adding a host of players from across the globe. Among them, Rangers added an American to the roster with the signing of US international Maurice Edu.