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Newz Forum: SOCCER: Italy's Serie A results 09/01/05

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posted on Jan, 9 2005 @ 03:21 PM
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An incredible late comeback from Inter Milan saw them preserve Serie A's only unbeaten record with a 3-2 win against a shell-shocked Sampdoria at the San Siro.
 

Three goals in the last five minutes from Obafemi Martins, Christian Vieri and a stunning strike from distance from the left boot of Alvaro Recoba saw the Nerazzurri win a game they looked certain to lose. When Martins scored with five minutes to go, it looked nothing more than a consolation but two injury-time strikes moved Inter three points clear of their rivals in fourth place.


Juventus maintained their momentum at the top of Serie A with a convincing 4-2 defeat of Livorno at the Stadio Delle Alpi. Mauro Camoranesi netted twice for Fabio Capello's men, the first of which gave Juve a 2-0 lead after Alessandro Del Piero had opened the scoring after 17 minutes. Jose Luis Vidigal pulled one back shortly before the interval but Zlatan Ibrahimovic restored the home side's two-goal lead with a quarter of an hour remaining. Matteo Malara reduced the arrears, and gave the Leghorn side brief hope of snatching a draw, but Camoranesi had the final say with a last-minute penalty.


A clash between two of Serie A's surprise packages saw Udinese consolidate third place in the table thanks to two goals from striker Antonio Di Natale in a 2-0 win over Cagliari. The strong-running Di Natale picked the ball up from David Pizzaro on the left edge of the area and curled it beyond Iezzo and into the top-right corner for the opener. And the second goal the hosts had been threatening duly arrived after 59 minutes when Di Natale unwittingly added to his tally from close range. Pizarro's cross was intended for Jankulovski but it hit Di Natale and caught Iezzo off guard to roll low into the net.


Lazio shrugged off a poor start against Fiorentina to continue their climb up the Serie A table with a thrilling 3-2 win at the Artemio Franchi stadium. Returning striker Fabrizio Miccoli had given the hosts a 20th-minute lead but, inspired by their Roman derby triumph on Thursday, the Biancoceleste fought back to ensure they have now claimed back-to-back wins for the first time in this season's Serie A. Paolo Di Canio set them on their way against Roma, and he led the Lazio comeback in Florence by equalising in the 33rd minute. Goran Pandev struck just after the hour to put the visitors ahead and Ousmane Dabo gave them an unassailable lead with nine minutes remaining.


Vincenzo Montella returned in style to give Roma a much-needed 2-1 triumph in Sunday's encounter against Serie A's bottom team Atalanta. Roma's top scorer put the hosts on their way six minutes before the interval before netting his second of the afternoon in the 52nd minute. The visitors reduced the deficit with Michele Marcolini's 85th minute header but it was far too little too late. Atalanta ended the game with 10 men after substitute Andrea Lazzari was sent off after a rash tackle on Francesco Totti.


Italy international Alberto Gilardino hit the winner for Parma as they narrowly beat relegation rivals Siena 1-0. Pietro Carmignani's side picked up only their third win of the campaign thanks to Gilardino's 21st-minute strike, to move level on points with Siena, who are also in deep trouble near the foot of the table.


A penalty from Santos Batista Mozart moments after Lecce had taken the lead just before the break earned a 1-1 draw for Reggina in a hard fought clash at the Via Del Mare. Lecces' goal came as a result of a smooth passing move on the right flank. Bojinov looked to find room for a cross, and swung in an excellent centre to Babu, who cleverly turned the ball into the net with a left-footed lob over the stranded goalkeeper Nicola Pavarini, who had come off his line.


Bologna made it an even more miserable start to the year for Chievo with a hard-earned 3-1 victory to leapfrog the Verona outfit in the Serie A rankings. Not only have Mario Beretta's side now suffered consecutive defeats since the league programme resumed on Thursday, but they also lost Brazilian striker Amauri to a straight red card in the closing stages, for a violent and needless foul on Stefano Torrisi. Tomas Locatelli made sure the hosts went into the interval with the advantage, before Igli Tare extended their lead a minute before the hour. Although Andrea Zanchetta made Bologna sweat with a 76th-minute reply, Claudio Bellucci's late penalty made the points safe for Carlo Mazzone's men.


Messina deservedly saw off a defensively minded Brescia 2-0 in an ill-tempered Serie A basement battle. Ivica Iliev, the Messina striker, and Brescia's Giuseppe Sculli both saw red during a match that repeatedly threatened to boil over.

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