Juventus closer to the title with Roma in pursuit while AC Milan wins again
Juventus took a step closer to the title by defeating Udinese 2-0 on goals from ex U21 Italian international Sebastian Giovinco in the 16th minute and Fernando Llorente in the 26th minute. Giovinco is showing that when he is on his game he can be just as effective as Carlos Teves. Juve took control of the match early on and never let go, another workman like performance by the Bianconeri, who are very close to clinching their 4th consecutive Scudetto. Udinese is having a season to forget they are hovering just above the relegation zone and it doesn’t look like they will go higher
Roma continues their irresistible march to the top with their 7th win in a row of 3-1 against Atalanta Di Bergamo. The goals came from Rodrigo Taddei opened the scoring in the 13th minute, Adem Ljajic in the 44th minute and Gervinho in the 63rd minute rounded the score for the Giallorossi. The reply from the Bergamasci came from Giulio Migliaccio in the 77th minute. Atalanta have lost 2 in a row after 7 consecutive wins, they must regroup if they want a last shot at the Europa League. All and all an easy victory for the Romans, they controlled the ball for most of the game which nullified any comeback dreams Atalanta might have had. The Romans are on the march..look out
SSC Napoli defeated Lazio 4-2 in another jam packed San Paolo stadium in Naples. Gonnzalo Iguain got a hatrick for the Partenopei, his goals came in the 50th, 67th and 90th minute, Dries Mertens got the other goal for Napoli. Lazio’s goals came from Sena Lulic in the 21st minute and Obenyi Onazi in the 82nd minute. Napoli played a very good game once again their fluidity is something to watch however Lazio did not give up and in spite of being down one man from a red card shown to Lorik Cana in the 48th minute they managed to score a goal a man short. All in all a nice win for Napoli which confirms their good form of late, with this win I believe they cemented 3rd place and must be careful not to fall into complaisance for the remainder of the season if they want to reach the team record for most points in one season
AC Milan defeated Catania 1-0 at Milan, the lone goal was scored by Riccardo Montolivio in the 23rd minute on a beautiful play by Mario Balotelli. It was Milan’s 3rd straight win, they are not giving up their fight for a Europa League spot it will be interesting to see if they can pull it off after a disastrous start of the season. Catania have lost their 5th in a row and they are staring Serie B in the face.
Fiorentina routed Hellas Verona 5-2 in Verona, the goals for the Viola came from Alberto Aquilani with 2 in the 44th and 86th minute, the Colombian International Juan Quadrato in the31st minute, Borje Valero in the 63rd minute and Alessandro Matri in the 83rd minute. The reply from the Veronesi came from Jacopo Sala in the 14th minute and Luca Toni in the 73rd minute on a penalty. A wild game to say the least, with a little luck Fiorentina would have had more goals. Verona seemed disinterested in the match. At the end an important must win for the Viola if they want to keep their hold on their Europa League spot
In other results:
Inter Milan finally got a win, shutting down Sampadoria in Genoa 4-0 – Bologna held Parma to a 1-1 draw – Torino edged out Genoa 2-1 – Livorno lost at home 4-2 to Chievo Verona and finally Cagliari and Sassuolo played to a 1-1
In the race for the bottom Sassuolo, Bologna and Chievo gained some ground leaving Catania and Livorno in deep trouble.
Here you have it another exciting week in Serie A…with a few weeks left the finish line is in the horizon..Should be an exciting finish