Serie A round up

by Mystical Mike

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

Inter on course for 4th title in a row

By Glezos Alberganti, La Settimana Sportiva

With the tragedy of Abruzzo’s earthquake still in their eyes, the Serie A teams took the controversial decision to play all the same this weekend.
It was business as usual for Inter against UEFA Cup candidates Palermo, as the nerazzurri were leading 2-0 at half time (Balotelli and Ibrahimovic). In a surprise second half, Mourinho’s men took things for granted and Palermo scored two goals in four minutes. The unexpected 2-2 draw set the scene for the evening’s game in Genoa, were Juventus had a chance to reduce their handicap to seven points, the best way to prepare for the big clash against Inter next Saturday. But Genoa had other ideas, and played their best game in the season in a sold-out Marassi stadium. Heroes of the day for the Rossoblu were midfielder Thiago Motta, who scored two goals and played magnificiently, and ex-Juventus striker Palladino, who scored the decisive goal in the last minute after Iaquinta’s 86th minute equalizer illuded Juventus. The 3-2 victory was greeted by the italian media as a true claim for a Champions League placement for Genoa and its wonder manager Gasperini. After Juventus’ defeat, Inter increased their advantage to 10 points. Next Saturday’s match against the Bianconeri in Turin lost much of its importance: with seven games left, the Nerazzurri are heading for their 4th consecutive Serie A title.

Ac Milan’s narrow win at Chievo reinforced the Rossoneri’s quest for the second place, as Juventus is now only two points ahead. Clarence Seedorf scored the decisive goal, and David Beckham was left on the bench again by manager Carlo Ancelotti. Lazio won a very tense derby against Roma with an outstanding performance (4-2), while the relegation battle saw Bologna lose at home against Siena.

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  • Dexylongshot

    Good old Lazio, I hate Roma. I bet Di Canio was doing back-flips in the stands with his mates!!!

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