Midfielder Sulley Nuntari inspired Serie A leaders Inter Milan to a hard-fought 2-1 win at home to Napoli on Sunday. The Serie A title holders, who beat Juventus last week thanks to a similar goal by Muntari, went 2-0 up through goals by Ivan Cordoba and the Ghanaian international, but were forced to hang on after Ezequiel Lavezzi pulled one back in minute 36.
“At 1-0 the game seemed over as we were playing so well but you can never say that in football,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “In the second half I don’t remember them having a real chance.” The Portuguese manager’s side lost 1-0 at home to Panathinaikos in the Champions League in midweek but continue to grind out results in Serie A despite their inconsistency. Inter have a six-point lead over Juventus and Milan.
Inter 2-1 Napoli Match Report (mCalcio)
Speaking of Juventus, the Bianconeri proceeded to inflict a 4-0 hammer-job at the expense of Reggina Saturday. Weather conditions were exactly ideal in Turin, with snow & rain pounding continuously on the grass of the Stadio Olimpico. That did not stop Claudio Ranieri’s boys, who thanks to goals by Camoranesi, Amauri, Chiellini, and Del Piero got a well-deserved three points keeping them in the Scudetto race.
Juventus 4-0 Reggina Match Report (mCalcio)
As for Milan, the Rossoneri found very hostile territory as they travelled to Sicily to face Palermo. The Rosanero played an excellent match and defeated Ancelotti’s side 3-1, despite a series of miraculous saves by Abbiati in the first 45 minutes of play. Palermo scored all of their goals in the second half (courtesy of Miccoli, Cavani and Simplicio), and Milan’s reaction (a penalty-kick from Ronaldinho) was not enough to turn the result around.
Palermo 3-1 Milan Match Report (mCalcio)
Last term’s runners-up AS Roma, who had a terrible start, recorded a third straight league win after Francesco Totti netted in the second half to seal a 1-0 victory over Fiorentina. Adrian Mutu, who almost joined Roma in the close season, went close with a free kick and a header for the visitors but they remain joint fifth with Lazio, who went down 2-0 in soggy Bergamo against midtable Atalanta.
Roma 1-0 Fiorentina Match Report (Channel4)
Finally early season pacesetters Udinese, who had top striker Antonio Di Natale sent off, lost their fourth league game in a row when a late Felipe own goal gave bottom side Chievo a 1-0 away win and ended a six-game losing streak.
For summaries of other matches, check out Channel4′s Week 14 page.
GOALS of the WEEK
Two goals deserve a mention in my opinion this week. First, Miccoli‘s long-range drive for Palermo’s first goal against AC Milan was pretty sweet. Tough to get the accuracy & power together. The second (and the winner) is the wonderful team goal concocted by Napoli and Ezequiel Lavezzi, combining wonderfully with Zalayeta to reduce Inter’s lead.
And no, I’m not even considering Muntari‘s goal. Sorry but that wasn’t a pass, Maicon.
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