Italian Serie A starts the second part of the season this weekend and controversy once again surrounded some of the final outcome as questionable decisions led to the goals scored by few big teams such as Inter Milan, Roma and Lazio.
Inter kept running on the winning track under their new coach Leonardo after Bologna 4-1 at San Siro, while the other Scudetto candidates such as Roma, Lazio and Juventus have to left it late before taking the three points from their opponents.
Fourth Win For Leonardo
In San Siro, Inter celebrated Javier Zanetti’s special record with another special victory as Samuel Eto’o once again proved his importance for the Nerazzurri by bagging two goals in the game. Despite being a deserved winner, there was a slight controversy earlier on as the home team’s first goal that was scored by Dejan Stankovic saw the midfielder put the ball from an offside position.
The controversial first goal makes thing easier for Inter in the end as they added three more goals that comes from Diego Milito and Eto’o doubles to make the home side take a four goal lead before Bologna finally pulled a goal back with Gimenez’s goal. The result pretty surely give more confidence for the defending champion in retaining their title bit this season despite already loosing some ground from the current leader, Ac Milan.
Late Win For The Big Guns
Contrary with Inter Milan’s easy win, few other big guns such as Lazio, Juventus and As Roma have to leave it late before finally getting the important three points they needed in keeping pace at the top. Those top three teams were forced to fight their socks off until the final whistle as their opponents kept on troubling them until the end.
In Turin, the Bianconeri needed a late super volley from their summer signing, Alberto Aquilani, before taming the stubborn performance of Bari that previously managed to cancel out Alessandro Del Piero’s opener in the first half. The match looked like ending in a draw before Aqualini pulled off the final blow just around 10 minutes before the final 90 and pretty much securing Juve’s title challenge that seemed slipping away after losing their last two games.
Meanwhile, two capital clubs earned their slight victory in a rather similar scenario as both Roma and Lazio’s winning goal came from a controversial process which could caused some harsh words from their opponents after the game. At Stadio Olympico, the Biancocelesti needed suspicious looking late goal from their substitute, Libor Kozak, in order to beat Sampdoria, that were more than equal opponent for the current second place holder.
As for Roma, last season’s Serie A runner up can consider themselves very fortunate as not only looking controversial, their late goal also came from Cesena’s player own goal right at the final minute of the game. The own goal arrived after Fabricio Simplicio’s cross received a wicked deflection from Max Pellegrino, but the controversy arrived a little bit earlier as before Simplicio made the cross, Adriano was actually caught offside in the process that led to the former Palermo’s player action.
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