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Serie A Roundup – Week 36

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After 36 weeks & a New Years/Christmas break, Italy has its champions. Congratulations to FC Internazionale Milano for clinching their 17th Scudetto. The Nerazzurri won the title after arch-rivals AC Milan lost on Saturday 2-1 on the road to Udinese. For good measure, Inter gave their home fans a show by trouncing Siena 3-0 at home to solidify their place as Italy’s best team. Goals by Esteban Cambiasso, Mario Balotelli, & Zlatan Ibrahimovic put everyone in an even better mood for their 4th straight Serie A Championship. Even sweeter is the fact that Inter has equalled AC Milan for the 2nd most Scudetto titles in history.

Some other notable action in the Serie A for Giornata 36 is the slide of 3rd place Juventus who extend their winless streak to 7 matches as they drew 2-2 at home to Atalanta in an empty Olimpico Di Torino stadium. Maximilano Pellegrino scored the equalizer in the 44th minute for Atalanta to share the points as Juventus couldn’t breakthrough in the 2nd half. The result is Juve’s 5th straight draw and cost Claudio Raineri his job.

Fiorentina is the complete opposite as I Viola won their 4th straight match with their 1-0 home win over beaten ’09 Coppa Italia finalists Sampdoria. Alberto Gilardino scored his 19th goal of the season to get the 3 points. 4th place Fiorentina have won 7 of their last 8 matches and now trail Juve by 1 point in the standings.

While the championship race is over, the relegation battle is still fierce. Torino kept themselves out of the relegation zone with a big 2-1 road victory versus Napoli. Alessandro Rosina’s 72nd minute goal gave Torino the points and kept them 1 point from relegation. Reggina moved off the bottom of the table with a 2-1 home win over Cagliari as Lecce fell to Bologna in a bottom 3 matchup. Sergio Volpi’s dramatic 2nd half injury time goal gave Bologna a massive 2-1 home win against Lecce. The win keeps Bologna in 18th just 1 point back of still-safe Torino.

Here are the results & standings for Week 36:

SATURDAY, MAY 16th

AS Roma 4 – 3 Catania
ASR: Perrotta (13′ & 31′), Vucinic (17′), Panucci (91′)
CAT: Tedesco (15′), Mascara (47′), Morimoto (72′)

Udinese 2 – 1 AC Milan
UDI: Gaetano D’Agostino (pen 31′) & Cristian Zapata (49′)
ACM: Massimo Ambrosini (93′)

SUNDAY, MAY 17th

Bologna 2 – 1 Lecce
BOL: Marco Di Vaio (37′) & Sergio Volpi (94′)
LEC: Simone Tiribocchi (30′)

Fiorentina 1 – 0 Sampdoria
FIO: Alberto Gilardino (21′)

Juventus 2 – 2 Atalanta
JUV: Vincenzo Iaquinta (26′) & Cristiano Zanetti (36′)
ATA: Luca Cigarini (2′) & Maximiliano Pellegrino (44′)

Napoli 1 – 2 Torino
NAP: Joao Batista Inacio Pia (42′)
TOR: Rolando Bianchi (51′) & Alessandro Rosina (72′)

Reggina 2 – 1 Cagliari
REG: Fabio Ceravolo (26′) & Franco Brienza (49′)
CAG: Andrea Lazzari (18′)

Genoa 2 – 2 Chievo
GEN: Diego Milito (pen 58′)& Ruben Olivera (71′)
CHI: Giampiero Pinzi (35′) & Sergio Pellissier (85′)

Palermo 2 – 0 Lazio
PAL: Fabrizio Miccoli (pen 6′) & Giulio Migliaccio (87′)

Inter Milan 3 – 0 Siena
INT: Esteban Cambiasso (45′), Mario Balotelli (52′), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (76′)

STANDINGS
 Serie A Roundup   Week 36

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