Ferrara lives to fight another day – Serie A weekend review

CiroFerraraWith the rumours over Christmas that Juventus were going to offer Ferrara’s job to Guus Hiddink, it was clear that Juventus needed the win away to Parma and they delivered. Three minutes into the game Juventus took the lead when Hasan Salihamidzic headed in from 6 yards out from Giorgio Chiellini flick on. Stand in keeper Alex Manniger was tested when he denied a Jonathan Biabiany angle drive. There was some very concerning news for Juventus when David Trezeguet landed awkwardly and injured his right ankle, this making way for Amauri to replace the Frenchman. Just after the loss of Trezeguet Parma drew level when former Juventus forward Nicola Amoruso equalised, when he connected from a Zenoni cross. Parma then handed Juventus the lead when a Diego corner was deflected by his own team mate Fabio Grosso and in an aid to clear the ball Castellini headed into his own net. Diego free kick pinged off the crossbar midway through the 2nd half. Juventus had to play the last 20 minutes of the game when right back Martin Caceres picked up a 2nd yellow card on Zaccardo in the midfield. Parma naturally attacked against 10 men and laid sege to Alex Manniger goal, with former Juventus man Nicola Amoruso missed the best chance just wide. A narrow win for Ferrara team and eases the rumours of Hiddink replacing him in the hot seat.

In the early kick off yesterday Inter travelled to Chievo. The flying donkeys started very brightly as the nearly took the lead after 55 seconds when Pellissier drove his shot just wide of the near post. Inter took the lead after 11 minutes when Mario Balotelli fired the ball goalwards after his shot was blocked by Sorrentino and the referee ruled that the ball clearly crossed the line. In a very scrappy affair Inter dominated when Maicon tested Sorrentino forcing the keeper to an acrobatic save. As usual Mario Balotelli made a fool of himself reacting in a bad way to a challenge and earning himself a yellow card, on which the special one Jose Mourinho just shook in his head in disappointment and disbelief. Inter should of doubled their lead when Sneijder quickly taken free kick saw Maicon charged on goal, but the pacy right back could not square the ball to the on rushing Christian Chivu. Sadly the goal would not off counted as the referee called back play. There was some very concerning news for Inter as Chivu clashed heads with Serigo Pellissier. The Romanian international looked very dazed and was eventually replaced by Marco Materazzi. News came out later that Chivu suffered a fractured skull.  Goran Pandev impressed on his debut for Inter as he was replaced by Portuguese winger Ricardo Quaresma. Quaresma then became the eighth player to be booked by a card happy referee. Deep into stoppage time Chievo were denied a penalty as a Mario Yepes header appeared to Quaresma hand, as the Chievo players protesting the Inter players broke on the counter attack as the referee blew for full time.

Marco Borriello bagged himself a brace against his old club Genoa. This game marked the 2nd debut of David Beckham as he made his return to Serie A on loan from LA Galaxy. He was straight into the starting line up replacing Alexandre Pato. Massimo Ambrosini found a gap in the Genoa defence and was tripped over by Biava outstretched foot, a soft penalty as Ambrosini was sought of looking for it. Justice was served as Marco Amelia saved a weak spot kick by Ronaldinho. Genoa broke the deadlock at the San Siro when Rodrigo Palacio cross found Giuseppe Sculli unmarked at the back post to header past Dida. Milan received their 2nd penalty in a space of 20 minutes as again Marco Ambrosini found himself on goal and was fouled by goal keeper Amelia. Ronaldinho changed his angle on the penalty kick sending the Genoa keeper the wrong way. Milan turned the game on its head by taking the lead from Thiago Silva as he bundled in after Ambrosini effort. Straight from the restart AC Milan extended the lead as Marco Boriello tapped in from a Luca Antonini pull back. Borriello then made it 4-1 moments later from a sensational scissor-kick as he sprung the offside trap from a Luca Antonini ball over the top and scissor kick into the inside of the far post. Milan were awarded their 3rd penalty of the night, as Ronaldinho knocked the ball on and Rossi slipped then dragged him down by the neck. Ronaldinho left the spot kick to Klass Huntelaar who replaced Boriello and he smashed the penalty to the back of the net, his 1st goal at the San Siro. The goal scoring did not stop their as David Suazo pounced on a Nesta error at the back by intercepting a pass and unleashed a left foot effort past the keeper inside of the far post.

Napoli travelled to Bergamo and came back with a 2-0 win and an unbelievable goal by Fabio Quagliarella. Quagliarella known for his wonder goals and this goal was nothing different as from 25 yards out he unleashed a screamer into the far top corner. Michele Pazienza doubled the lead when he headed home from a Marek Hamsik corner. This win has put Napoli into 4th in the league table

Bari continued their fantastic home record by beating Udinese 2-0. Udinese recently sacked Pasquale Marino and replaced him with Gianni De Biasi. Bari took the lead after 6 minutes as Inler was dispossessed in the midfield by Sergio Almiron. Edgar Barreto crossed it in for Meggiorini to tap in. Edgar Barreto made it 2-0 after 68 minutes as he sprung the offside trap from a Bonnuci pass and lobbed the strike over Handanovic in goal

Roma threw away a 2-0 lead in Scilly and handed a 2-2 draw to Cagliari. Roma took the lead 7 minutes into the 2nd half as Mirko Vucinic was fouled by Agostini and David Pizarro stepped up and sent Marchetti the wrong way. Simone Perrotta then doubled the lead as Rodrigo Taddei dribbled into the box and passed the ball to Perrotta and he swept home from 9 yards out. Roma looked for the win and Cagliari were handed a life line as a poor referee decision when a clear foul on Marco Cassetti was over turned and Lopez bundled. Roma players protested to the referee but nothing changed his mind. Daniele Conti the son of Roma legend Bruno Conti equalised 3 minutes into stoppage time when Julio Sergio parried a Matri volley and Conti followed up to send the Sant’Elia into raptures.

Catania beat Bologna 1-0 thanks to a Nicolas Spolli goal 10 minutes from time. A Mascara corner was curled in and Spolli got infront of his marker and a powerful header into the net.

Lazio thumped Livorno 4-1 thanks to new signing Sergio Floccari brace. Livorno took the lead after 8 minutes as Martin Bergvold combined with Danilevicius to slide the ball past Muslera. Sergio Floccari scored twice in 6 minutes to turn the game around. Tommaso Rocchi added a 3rd when he tapped in from a Floccari pull back. Kolarov converted a penalty 1 minute into stoppage time when Rocchi was hauled down by Perticone who was then sent off.

Sampdoria drew 1-1 with Palermo at the Stadio Ferraris. 2 fantastic goals from Edison Cavani and Antonio Cassano. Palermo took the lead when Liverani through ball found Cavani acrobatic right volley into the net and beat Castellazzi. 60 seconds later Antonio Cassano equalised when he picked up a long ball on the edge of the box and shrugged past Simon Kjaer and rolled it in from the tightest angles.

Fiorentina thrashed Siena in the Tuscan derby 5-1 with goals from Koldrup, Santana, 2 from Alberto Gilardino and Adrian Mutu for the Viola. A Massimo Maccarone penalty was consolidation for the home side.