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Serie A Matchday 5 – Week-End Review + GOALS of the Week (2008-09)

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Week-End Reviews

Sure was a busy week-end in Serie A this week. The Derby della Madonnina may not have provided a lot of goals, but excitement definitely wasn’t absent from San Siro on Sunday.

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Italy.TheOffside.com week 5 review

Italy.TheOffside.com

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Italian Calcio Blog week 5 review

Italian Calcio Blog 2008-09

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Gazzetta in English week 5 review

Gazzetta dello Sport

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Serie A started with Bianconeri and Viola involved on Saturday, on account of their mid-week commitments in the UEFA Champions League (against Bate and Steaua respectively). And while Fiorentina went on to beat Genoa 1-0 (thanks to yet another goal by Alberto Gilardino), Juventus was held to a 0-0 draw at Sampdoria. Not the best motivational result for Claudio Ranieri’s boys…

Fiorentina 1-0 Genoa Match Report (mCalcio)

Sampdoria 0-0 Juventus Match Report (mCalcio)

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On Sunday, the big hero of the Serie A afternoon was Argentine forward Mauro Zarate, who scored twice and set up another goal to help Lazio beat Torino 3-1 Sunday (and assert itself as a serious challenger to Inter Milan atop the Italian league standings). Zarate drew three defenders toward him and passed to Goran Pandev for the opening goal in the 30th minute, then scored in the 63rd with a powerful, curling shot before adding a penalty in the 84th. Nicola Amoruso pulled one back for Torino with a penalty in added time.

With its fourth win in five rounds, Lazio took a two-point lead on Inter ahead of the Milan derby later Sunday, leading the Serie A with 21 points. Napoli, who beat Bologna 1-0, is next with 11 points while Inter, Udinese and Catania are tied with 10 each.

Torino 1-3 Lazio Match Report (mCalcio)

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Of course, the biggest attention on Sunday was pointed toward Stadio Giuseppe Meazza “San Siro” in Milan, which hosted the 171st edition of the famous AC Milan vs. Inter Milan match. The great victors of the night were the Rossoneri and in particular a certain Ronaldinho Gaucho, who thanks to his first half header gave Carlo Ancelotti his first derby win of the season (and also José Mourinho’s first loss in the Serie A).

Milan 1-0 Inter Match Report (mCalcio)

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In other matches, Fabio Quagliarella scored one and set up another goal as Udinese beat Siena 2-1, and Michele Paolucci found the net for Catania in a 1-0 win over Chievo. Roma beat Atalanta 2-0 for only its second win, with goals from Christian Panucci and Mirko Vucinic as captain Francesco Totti again sat out. Also, Fabrizio Miccoli scored his fourth goal of the season as Palermo beat Reggina 1-0, and Lecce had goals from Guillermo Giacomazzi and Jose Castillo in a 2-0 win over last-place Cagliari.

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GOALS of the WEEKGOALS of the WEEK

Nothing particularly extraordinary this week, with the exception of two very nice top-corner howitzers. Mauro Zarate is appearing quite regularly in this segment lately…
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And the winner is… Guillermo Giacomazzi. You just gotta love it when someone blasts it into the top corner from 30 yards, and as far as this week goes, Giacomazzi’s was better than Zarate’s.
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Serie A 2008-09
Matchday 5

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UC Sampdoria
Sampdoria
0-0
Juventus
Juventus FC
ACF Fiorentina
Fiorentina
1-0
Genoa
Genoa CFC
Udinese Calcio
Udinese
2-1
Siena
AC Siena
AS Roma
Roma
2-0
Atalanta
Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio
US Lecce
Lecce
2-0
Cagliari
Cagliari Calcio
Bologna FC 1909
Bologna
0-1
Napoli
SSC Napoli
Torino FC
Torino
1-3
Lazio
SS Lazio Roma
US Città di Palermo
Palermo
1-0
Reggina
Reggina Calcio
Calcio Catania
Catania
1-0
Chievo
AC Chievo Verona
AC Milan
Milan
1-0
Inter
FC Internazionale Milano


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Torino 1-3 Lazio: Can Anyone Stop Mauro Zarate? (Serie A Matchday 5)

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

Without the shred of a doubt, the Serie A team which most benefited from their Summer 2008 make-over is Lazio. When the Biancocelesti win, they win big (their average is 2.6 goals/match at the moment). When they lose, they equally lose big. Delio Rossi does nothing by halves and today was no exception, as the three goals conceded by Torino demonstrated.

And speaking of goals, there’s someone at Lazio that has taken quite a knack at scoring them. Pre-season Serie A excitement (in goalscoring terms at least) revolved around the “usual suspects”: Ibrahimovic, Ronaldinho, and Del Piero just to name a few. Well, with Zlatan keeping his counter low (2) and Ronnie & ADP yet to score in the domestic league, the topscoring charts are lead by one Mr. Mauro Zarate. With 6 goals in 5 matches (and plenty more to come), the ex-Velez striker (on-loan from Al-Sadd of Qatar) is the symbol of a rejuvenated Biancocelesti side, the surprise lone leaders of Serie A after matchday 5 (waiting for tonight’s AC Milan-Inter Milan derby).

(From Gazzetta dello Sport): Far from being impressed with the 4-point difference in the standings (or with Zarate & Carrizo’s pre-match declarations), Torino threw themselves forward with the clear intention of scoring goals today. Ignazio Abate in particular (back after his Beijing 2008 injury) was roaming free on the right wing, repeatedly pushing down the side and making Radu’s head spin in the process. On the receiving end of Abate’s crosses, Bianchi and Abbruscato provided a constant danger for the Lazio backline, but fortunately for the visiting team Juan Pablo Carrizo was keeping guard.

Then at the 30 minute mark, the match got flipped right on its head. Torino had until then, played better, yet the team taking the lead was Lazio: through on the left wing, Zarate’s run continued inside the box, where some good dribbling work attracted the attention of three Torino defenders. Eventually, the Argentine striker managed to poke the ball towards Goran Pandev, whose instep finish inside the left post left Matteo Sereni no chance. 1-0 Lazio.

A tough blow for Torino, but certainly not devastating. The Granata came back with guns blazing in order to immediately get the equalizer, and they almost did through Elvis Abbruscato just two minutes after the first goal, his chipped shot over Carrizo hitting the crossbar and going wide. Eugenio Corini was keeping busy as well, his trademark free-kicks providing assists for Saumel and Di Loreto’s headers (narrowly wide on both counts). Thus despite a good Torino display, Lazio finished the half in the lead.

In the second period however, the fire in the Granata hearts slowly seemed to lose vigor, all the while Lazio started to pick up momentum. Stefano Mauri had a golden chance to make it two in the 60th, hitting the post straight in front of Sereni, but it was eventually through Zarate (yet again) that Lazio doubled their lead. The Argentine striker obtained the ball 30 yards from goal, took a few steps, and slammed an outswinging blast straight into the top-right corner. Yes, goal-of-the-week stuff. Again!. 2-0 Lazio.

Two goals down, Gianni De Biasi decided to risk it all: Amoruso & Ventola entered the field for Corini & Abate, transforming Torino into a 4-striker formation. Was it enough?

Not really. The final 15 minutes were filled with excitement and highlights-reel moments, but essentially all in Lazio’s favor. First, goalkeeper Matteo Sereni got sent off for bringing down Brocchi inside the box, and since Torino had run out of substitutions goalkeeping duties were left in the hands (litterally) of Nicola Ventola. Little could he do to prevent Mauro Zarate from scoring goal nº6 in the Serie A, putting the Biancocelesti comfortably in the lead. 3-0 Lazio.

Minutes later, Torino were left with 9 men as Pratali earned a second yellow for a foul on Radu, at which point the referee also sent off manager De Biasi for excessive protests. And I guess the consolation goal scored by Nicola Amoruso (penalty kick for a foul of Lichsteiner on Dzemaili) changed very little in a very bad day for Torino, who in light of their next match vs. Udinese will have to do without two important players. Lazio meanwhile, can (at least for the moment) enjoy the view at the top of the Serie A. 3-1 the final score.

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Torino F.C.
TORINO-LAZIO
1-3
[Match Highlights]
S.S. Lazio
GOALSCORERS: : 30′ Pandev (L), 63’, 83’ pen. Zarate (L), 92’ pen. Amoruso (T).
TORINO (4-3-2-1): Sereni – Colombo (72’ P.Zanetti), Di Loreto, Pratali, Rubin – Dezmaili, Corini (59’ Amoruso), Saumel – Abate (69’ Ventola), Abbruscato – Bianchi. Coach: De Biasi.
LAZIO (4-3-3): Carrizo – Lichsteiner, Siviglia, Cribari (23’ Rozenhal), Radu – Brocchi, Ledesma, Mauri (77’ Manfredini) – Foggia, Pandev (69’ Meghni), Zarate. Coach: D.Rossi.

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AC Milan 4-1 Lazio: Is “Biancocelesti” Italian for “Miracle Cure”? (Serie A Matchday 3)

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

You know it’s funny: it seems that whenever AC Milan are in trouble, all they need to lift their spirits is a little Lazio “rejuvenation cure”.

Just around the same time last year, the Rossoneri had just played an abysmal UEFA Champions League match against Celtic Glasgow (in which Dida infamously faked being mortally hit by an invading Celtic supporter, remember?) and occupied one of its lowest Serie A rankings in years. On matchday 7, they were travelling to Stadio Olimpico to play Lazio, at which point… a miracle took place. Contrary to every pre-game prediction, Milan won the match 5-1, virtually (temporarily) ending their results crisis and sending them on the way to a FIFA Club World Cup champions title.

I’m beginning to think that playing Lazio when you’re wearing red & black must have therapeutic powers

(From Gazzetta dello Sport): Four very loud trumpet calls sounded at the San Siro Sunday night, just to let the Serie A know AC Milan is very much alive and kicking. No doubt also to convince Carlo Ancelotti, who wanted a clear sign and some impressive football in order to declare the Rossoneri crisis well and truly broken.

A sign of the kind that brought Lazio literally to their knees, with a superlative 4-1 win in a goal-filled, showtime bonanza. Most importantly, the match demonstrated what Milan is truly capable of, albeit with a little help from Lazio (the Biancocelesti forgot to put up barricades for this one, but they kept their heads up and faced the Rossoneri with a brave face). A night for football epicurians let’s say, who were served up Seedorf‘s (lucky) opening shot and Zarate‘s equalizer for starters, then wined and dined by some wizard shots from Zambrotta, Pato and Kaká to bring the banquet to an end.

When you have still yet to score a point in the standings, playing conservative is not an option. Lost ground is regained by taking risks, and that’s just what Ancelotti put on the menu: diamond formation with Gattuso midfield between Ambrosini and Seedorf, Kaká up top behind Alexandre Pato and Marco Borriello (Ronaldinho and Sheva on the bench). Lazio lined up a similar formation, with Stefano Mauri covering the backs of the top-scoring Goran Pandev-Mauro Zarate duo.

Milan got off to a shaky start: on a hazardous Kaladze back-pass to Abbiati (just a few seconds into the game), Mauri almost managed to capitalize and put his team in the lead. This was to be the first in a long series of Kakhaber-blunders, but its was also crucial in making the Rossoneri get a clear idea on Lazio’s intentions: the Biancocelesti had come to San Siro to win.

Milan perked up and started pressing. 6 minutes in, Seedorf and Kaká combined (one of the recurring themes of tonight’s match) to set up Pato inside the box, but the young Brazilian’s backheel did not fool Carrizo. Two minutes later however, breakthrough time: from Pato to Seedorf on the edge of the box, the Dutchman litterally played a wall pass with… Ledesma’s back, to pick up the ball just inside the box apply an easy finish. 1-0 Milan.

It was an unfortunate goal for Lazio, but the Biancocelesti were not demoralized. Playing a razor-sharp, well-balanced game with no hesitation of moving forward, Delio Rossi’s man launched themselves into the Milan box. Mauri forced Abbiati down with a ground shot in minute 18, shortly followed by Zarate (well-served by Pandev). During this phase of play, it became evident that Lazio maneuvering variety was superior to Milan’s, and that Pandev can be a playmaker of the highest level at times. It was precisely through the Macedonian player’s assist that Zarate took control of the ball, burned Kaladze on the run, and put an accurate effort past Abbiati’s first post. 1-1.

Milan responded immediately. Pato (great dribble followed by a low shot on Carrizo) and Kaká (double dribble on Lichtsteiner and shot wide) tried their luck a few times, but it was through Gianluca Zambrotta’s scorcher (in minute 35) that Milan took their lead back. Similar to Maicon’s shot in the Torino vs. Inter game, the Rossoneri right-back unleashed a marvelous strike from 30 yards that ended its course straight into the top-left corner. 2-1 Milan.

The goal really got Milan’s motors going, driving them harder and faster to claim the game as their own. Pato was feeling inspired, Borriello a bit less (although his pass for Kaká’s header in minute 42 was worthy of note), while Lazio patiently waited in their own half, hoping to hit the Rossoneri on the counter (especially through Kaladze’s turf, whose lack of confidence put the entire backline on thin ice).

In the second period Lazio came back out strong, with Zarate showing he was no flash in the pan. While half of Milan’s defence (often forced to foul on the edge of the box) tried to stop the Argentine striker, the Rossoneri attacking line was lurking. In fact as soon as Milan stepped up the tempo again, it was goal nº3 for the Ancelotti’s boys: Jankulovski darted off on the left and served a perfect ball to Alexandre Pato, setting him up for an unstoppable short-range diving header. 3-1 Milan.

Milan was finally calling the shots, almost oozing in confidence as Kaká continued his vintage show of ball control & technique. The Brazilian playmaker first tried his luck from 15 yards (receiving a pass from Borriello) but was denied by the Lazio keeper. Carrizo could however do very little three minutes later, as Kaká did… well what Kaká does best, sending a great long-range inswinging curler straight into the top corner. Lots of top-corner goals this week-end, and 4-1 Milan.

It was the coup de grâce for Lazio, guilty perhaps of having underestimated their opponents’ crisis-recovery abilities. In the final minutes, even Ronaldinho (on for Pato) got some playing time, immediately setting Borriello up for a fifth goal (blocked by Carrizo) and sending the ball onto the crossbar. Lazio were spared further humiliation, as Ancelotti grabbed the first points of this Serie A season… Phew! Huh Carlo?

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 AC Milan
MILAN-LAZIO
4-1
[Match Highlights]
S.S. Lazio
GOALSCORERS: 8’ Seedorf (M), 26’ Zarate (L), 35’ Zambrotta (M), 59’ Pato (M), 60’ Kakà (M).
MILAN (4-3-2-1): Abbiati – Zambrotta, Kaladze, Maldini, Jankulovski – Ambrosini, Gattuso (79’ Emerson), Seedorf (64’ Flamini) – Kaká; Pato (71’ Ronaldinho), Borriello. (bench: Dida, Bonera, Favalli, Shevchenko). Coach: Ancelotti.
LAZIO (4-3-1-2): Carrizo – Lichtsteiner, Siviglia, Rozehnal, Kolarov – Brocchi (79’ De Silvestri), C.Ledesma, Matuzalem (68’ Meghni) – Mauri (63’ Foggia) – Pandev, Zarate. (bench: Muslera, Cribari, C.Manfredini, Makinwa). Coach: D.Rossi.

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Serie A Matchday 2 – Week-end Review + GOALS of the Week (2008-09)

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Week-End Reviews

After the Summer wait, Serie A continues. :) Here are the results and summaries for matchday 2. Full Video Highlights here.
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Italy.TheOffside.com week 2 review

Italy.TheOffside.com

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Italian Calcio Blog week 2 review

Italian Calcio Blog 2008-09

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Gazzetta in English week 2 review

Gazzetta dello Sport

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AC Milan‘s poor early-season form continued on Sunnday when they lost 2-0 at Genoa for their second consecutive defeat. Giuseppe Sculli struck in the first half and Diego Milito converted a stoppage-time penalty to leave Milan with no points in Serie A after they lost their opener 2-1 to promoted Bologna. The result increases the pressure on coach Carlo Ancelotti following Milan’s disappointing 5th-place finish last season and an embarrassing 2-0 defeat at second-division Swiss side Lugano in a friendly on Wednesday.

Genoa 2-0 Milan Match Report (mCalcio)

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Champions Inter Milan beat Catania 2-1 at home (thanks to two Sicilian own goals), while last year’s runners-up AS Roma lost 3-1 at Palermo on Saturday, despite taking the early lead.

Inter 2-1 Catania Match Report (mCalcio)

Palermo 3-1 Roma Match Report (mCalcio)

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In the evening fixture later on Sunday, Juventus beat Udinese at home thanks to a goal by ex-Palermo striker Amauri.

Juventus 1-0 Udinese Match Report (mCalcio)

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In other matches, Napoli came from behind to beat Fiorentina 2-1 thanks to second-half goals by Marek Hamsik and Christian Maggio after Adrian Mutu had put the visitors ahead four minutes before the break. The end stands of Napoli’s San Paolo stadium were closed and will remain shut for the next two home games as a penalty after violence marred their opening-day visit to Roma. The game was also one of three games considered high risk which away fans were banned from, along with Genoa-Milan and Saturday’s match between Inter and Catania at the San Siro.

Lazio are the early pacemakers in Serie A this year, courtesy of a 2-0 home win over Sampdoria secured with goals by Mauro Zarate and Goran Pandev. Atalanta also have a 100% win record from two games after Tiberio Guarente gave them a 1-0 victory at Bologna.

Finally, Lecce overcame Chievo at home thanks to goals by Caserta and Castillo, Reggina vs. Torino ended in a 1-1 draw (goals by Amoruso and a Di Loreto o.g.), while Siena went on to defeat Cagliari at home through Calaió and Ghezzal.

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GOALS of the WEEKGOALS of the WEEK

Keeping true to our “more quality, less quantity” tradition (I change it when it suits me), here’s the candidates for goal of the week…
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And the winner is… Giuseppe Sculli. Not so much because of the individual finish (a banal diagonal effort) but rather due to the orchestrated teamplay and action as a whole, in particular the gorgeous Milito chest-pass. Maldini and Favalli don’t know what hit them…


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Results Summary

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Serie A 2008-09
Matchday 2

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US Città di Palermo
Palermo
3-1
Roma
AS Roma
FC Internazionale Milano
Inter
2-1
Catania
Calcio Catania
SS Lazio Roma
Lazio
2-0
Sampdoria
UC Sampdoria
Genoa CFC
Genoa
2-0
Milan
AC Milan
AC Siena
Siena
2-0
Cagliari
Cagliari Calcio
SSC Napoli
Napoli
2-1
Fiorentina
ACF Fiorentina
Bologna FC 1909
Bologna
0-1
Atalanta
Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio
Reggina Calcio
Reggina
1-1
Torino
Torino FC
US Lecce
Lecce
2-0
Chievo
AC Chievo Verona
Juventus FC
Juventus
1-0
Udinese
Udinese Calcio


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Serie A Matchday 1 – Week-end Review + GOALS of the Week (2008-09)

Monday, September 1st, 2008

Week-End Reviews

Serie A is back!! :) Another season of Italian awesomess just kicked off this week-end, and here are the results and summaries for matchday 1. Full Video Highlights here.

Italian Calcio Blog week 1 review

Italian Calcio Blog 2008-09

Gazzetta in English week 1 review

Gazzetta dello Sport

It was a surprising day 1 in the Italian league.

At the Stadio Olimpico, last year’s second place AS Roma drew 1-1 with Napoli, who had defender Fabiano Santacroce sent off for a second yellow card in the 54th minute. Alberto Aquilani had nudged the ball home for the hosts just before the half hour, after fellow Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi had picked him out in the area. Later however, Marek Hamsik exploited the crossbar-rebound of his own header to level for Napoli, shortly after Santacroce’s sending off.

Meanwhile in San Siro Ronaldinho’s debut was spoiled by Francesco Valiano, blasting the ball home from outside the box in the 79th minute for Bologna. Massimo Ambrosini had equalized for AC Milan, cancelling out Marco Di Vaio’s goal in the first half.

AC Milan 1-2 Bologna Match Report (mCalcio)

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Inter Milan were held 1-1 at Sampdoria on Saturday in new coach Jose Mourinho’s league debut. Zlatan Ibrahimovic had opened the score for the visitors (a very contested goal tainted by a handball control), but Gennaro Delvecchio drew things level for Samp later in the second half.

Sampdoria 1-1 Inter Milan Match Report (mCalcio)

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Juventus kicked off their campaign at fierce rivals Fiorentina in the evening game on Sunday, settling for the draw as Pavel Nedved’s 39th minute opener was cancelled by Alberto Gilardino in the dying minutes.

Fiorentina 1-1 Juventus Match Report (mCalcio)
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In Sunday’s other matches, Torino beat Lecce 3-0 in Turin, Lazio came from behind to beat 10-man Cagliari 4-1 in Sardinia, Atalanta and Catania secured 1-0 home wins over Siena and Genoa, and Chievo beat Reggina 2-1 in Verona. Those teams join Bologna and Udinese, who beat Palermo 3-1 in their opening game on Saturday, at the top of Serie A.

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GOALS of the WEEKGOALS of the WEEK

Phew! Man did I miss Serie A this summer. I mean sure Euro 2008 was nice (actually, it was not), but it lacked a high enough concentration of really spectacular goals. Thank God for Antonio Di Natale (the “Fall” version… WHY he couldn’t do it in June still eludes me)…


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  • Hamsik‘s bicycle-kick (Roma-Napoli)
  • Zarate‘s chipped shot (Cagliari-Lazio)
  • Valiani‘s top-corner ripper (Milan-Bologna)
  • Di Vaio‘s drilling shot after a good collective move (Milan-Bologna)
  • Padoin‘s header after another good collective move (Atalanta-Siena)
  • Aquilani‘s half-bicycle after a good chest control (Roma-Napoli)
  • Di Natale‘s double (no comments necessary) (Udinese-Palermo)
  • Ibrahimovic‘s chested control and finish (Sampdoria-Inter)

This week, the goal-of-the-week award was a tough choice. Francesco Valiani’s match-winner against Milan was a pure beauty, but everyone loves a touch of class. And in cases like this one, class outranks a powerful top-corner drive.

Antonio Di Natale shows us how:


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Results Summary

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Serie A 2008-09
Matchday 1

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Udinese Calcio
Udinese
3-1
Palermo
US Città di Palermo
UC Sampdoria
Sampdoria
1-1
Inter
FC Internazionale Milano
AC Chievo Verona
Chievo
2-1
Reggina
Reggina Calcio
Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio
Atalanta
1-0
Siena
AC Siena
Torino FC
Torino
3-0
Lecce
US Lecce
AC Milan
Milan
1-2
Bologna
Bologna FC 1909
Calcio Catania
Catania
1-0
Genoa
Genoa CFC
Cagliari Calcio
Cagliari
1-4
Lazio
SS Lazio Roma
AS Roma
Roma
1-1
Napoli
SSC Napoli
ACF Fiorentina
Fiorentina
1-1
Juventus
Juventus FC


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