Sunday, January 11, 2009

Match Day 18 Round-Up

The winter break is over for Serie A and the teams returned to the pitch this weekend. Genoa started things off with a bang, demolshing Torino 3 - nil on Saturday afternoon. Jose Mourinho and his Inter squad to the pitch at the San Siro on Saturday looking to beat up on little Cagliari, but a Acquafresca goal early in the second half put the visitors on top until Ibrahimovic got the equalizer in the 77th minute. One point was nice for Inter, but 3 points would have been better. Meanwhile, Cagliari's 8 match winning streak came to end.

Juventus made life a little more difficult for the Inter faithful thanks to a Alessandro Del Piero goal, off a beautiful free kick, in the 33rd minute. Juve's 1-nil victory over Siena put them within 4 points of table leader Inter.

Elsewhere Sunday afternoon, Lazio beat Reggina, 3-2, thanks to a hat trick from Goran Pandev; Palermo beat Atalanta 3-2; Lecce upset homeside Fiorentina 2-1; Bologna had a 1 all tie with Chievo Verona; 1-1 was the scoreline in the Udinese - Sampdoria match, and Napoli beat Catania 1-nil.

The Sunday evening match featured A.S. Roma playing host to A.C. Milan. The initial word out of Milan was that David Beckham would start the match on the bench, but he took to the pitch and put in 89 minutes. It was an offensive thriller as Vucinic put up an early goal for Roma and Milan's Pato responded with two goals early in the second half. Not to be outdone, Vucinic got the equalizer for Roma in the 72nd minute.

Looks like Danny Szetela is having a good turn at Serie B's Brescia, and an unnamed device enables him to watch U.S. television, helping him to get over his homesickness. Hmmmm, I'm guessing its a little thing called a Slingbox (and combine that with a DVR, he probably doesn't have to stay up late to watch his favorite shows either).

Brescia closed out 2008 with a victory over Grosseto and doesn't have another match till the 17th when it hosts Pisa (this past weekend's match against Sassuolo was postponed). Brescia currently has 32 points, sitting 3 points behind table leader Livorno.

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