Serie A Roundup – Week 23

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The race for European spots tightened up considerably after Week 23 of Calcio Italiano. After this week only 6 points separate 2nd & 6th place. 

AS Roma remained unbeaten in 2009 with a crushing 3-0 home win vs. Genoa.  Cicinho scored his 1st of the season in the 26th minute and his Brazilian compatriot Julio Baptista broke out of a 3 game goal-scoring slump to score  late in 2nd half injury time to move into a 5th place tie in points with Genoa.

Cagliari & Napoli took big hits in their quest for European spots.  Cagliari suffered an emotional letdown after last week’s win over Juventus by losing at home 1-0 to Atalanta.  Napoli was leapfrogged in the standings by Palermo after the Sicilians defeated Napoli 2-1. 

Juventus moved back into 2nd place on the strength of a 2nd half injury time winner by Christian Poulsen to give Juve a 2-1 road victory versus Catania.  Milan drew at home 1-1 versus Reggina to slide down into 3rd.

Here are the results from Week 23 of Serie A [Home Teams Listed First]:

Saturday, February 7

 Lecce 0 – 3 Inter Milan
INT: Ibrahimovic (12′), Figo (72′), Stankovic (82′)

 AC Milan 1 – 1 Reggina
MIL: Kaká (67′)
REG: Di Gennaro (33′)

Sunday, February 8

 Cagliari 0 – 1 Atalanta
ATL: Cigarini (66′)

 Catania 1 – 2 Juventus
CAT: Morimoto (51′)
JUV: Iaquinta (11′) & Poulsen (90’+1′)

 Fiorentina 1 – 0 Lazio
FIO: Gilardino (89′)

 Roma 3 – 0 Genoa
ROM: Cicinho (26′), Vucinic (47′), Baptista (90’+2′)

 Sampdoria 2 – 2 Siena
SAM: Bellucci (45’+2′) & Pazzini (51′)
SIE: Vergassola (21′), Maccarone (79′)

 Torino 1 – 1 Chievo
TOR: Ventola (64′)
CHI: Italiano (83′)

 Udinese 1 – 0 Bologna
UDI: Sanchez (90’+2′)

 Palermo 2 – 1 Napoli
PAL: Migliaccio (2′) & Simplício (14′)
NAP: Hamšyk (43′)

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