Not many surprises actually occurred on this weekend’s Serie A matches, but a shocking episode happened at Renato Dall’ Ara where Bologna successfully held the Scudetto holder, Ac Milan in a pretty controversial 2-2 draw, which kept the Rossoneri temporarily sitting in third place.
That result boosted Udinese back into the top spot but Juventus could still take the leadership again should they manage to beat As Roma at Olympico on Monday evening.
With Juventus playing a day after all of their competitors, it was actually the best chances for both Milan and Udinese to put heavy pressure on the Old Lady by grabbing three points and temporarily leading the table. However, only Francesco Guidolin’s site who managed to get maximum points after beating Chievo Verona 2-1 with goals from Antonio Di Natale and Dusan Basta, which can only be replied once by Alberto Paloschi.
The Rossoneri shot themselves on the foot with a rather scrappy performance especially at the back, resulting in the 2-2 result which filled with a bit cont roversy as there were some intriguing decisions made by the referee. Marco Di Vaio helped Bologna to take the lead in the 11th minute before Clarence Seedorf equalized five minutes later and it was the Dutchman who also caused some controversy before the break after seemingly handling the ball inside of the penalty area.
In the second half, it was Milan who earned a penalty after Zlatan Ibrahimovic was kicked inside the area, but there were also some questionable incidents prior to the successful spot kick that the Swede made himself. The home team equalized just a minute after Ibrahimovic’s goal after Alessandro Diamanti’s shot slipping through Marco Amelia’s palm, a blunder by the keeper which pretty much cost the Rossoneri all three points in that game.
In other matches, Inter Milan bounced back with a 2-0 victory over Fiorentina after Giampaolo Pazzini and Yuto Nagatomo finding the net against Dellio Rossi’s side at San Siro. Lazio also picked up an important three points after beating Lecce 3-2 away from home with a brace from Miroslav Klose and also a goal by Lorik Cana. However, Napoli continues their disappointing league form after only taking a point from Novara, thanks to Blerim Dzemaili equalizing strike in the second half.
Serie A Weekend (Saturday – Sunday )Results:
Atalanta v Catania 1-1; Bologna v Milan 2-2; Cagliari v Parma 0-0; Inter v Fiorentina 2-0; Lecce v Lazio 2-3; Novara v Napoli 1-1; Palermo v Cesena 0-1; Siena v Genoa 0-2; Udinese v Chievo 2-1; As Roma v Juventus (to be played on Monday)
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