Peanut Butter and Calcio: The Rossoneri’s disappointing start continues

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Allegri… on the verge of getting sacked?

This weeks installment of Serie A was a low scoring affair all around however teams made the most of it as Juventus, Udinese, Atalanta, Genoa and Siena were the only teams that secured themselves all 3 points this round.

Round 4 of Serie A started off as Parma hosted Fiorentina in a relatively entertaining match up. Both Fiorentina and Parma were awarded penalties in the second half which we’re both kept out of the net until the dying seconds of injury time when the ref pointed to the spot in Parmas favor giving them the last chance of the game to tie it, and that’s exactly what they did. Midfielder J.Valdés stepped up for Parma and netted their only goal of the game ensuring that both Fiorentina and Parma would have to settle for 1 point each.

Saturdays second game saw current Serie A Champions Juventus play host to Chievo. Juventus started off slowly but finally broke through and made sure that they would come away with all 3 points as Fabio Quagliarella found the back of the net twice in a span of 5 minutes.

Many thought that Juventus would have trouble with Chievo when the manager rested key players like Andrea Pirlo, Andrea Barzagli and Sebastian Giovinco due to their mid week Champions League clash with European champions Chelsea. Juventus played well without these players but at times it was a little slippery. Juventus now unbeaten in 43 Serie A games and are alone at the top of the table with a record of 4-0-0.

Majority of sundays games were played to ties when Sampdoria - Torino tied 1-1, Bologna - Pescara tied 2-2 and Catania and Napoli shared points in a goalless game that almost saw Catania steal all three points near the end of the game.

Atalanta defeated Sicilian side Palermo in the dying seconds of their clash when Raimondi scored in the 88th minute stunning Palermo and giving them something to think about on their ride home. Cagliari and Romas game was postponed as Cagliaris stadium was ruled unsafe for spectators - no makeup date has been set as of today.

Lazio vs Genoa finished 1-0 in Genoa’s favor with Marco Borriello scoring the only goal in that game. In my opinion it should have been Lazio who took the win as for the majority of the game it was Lazio who was putting pressure towards the Genoa goal. Genoa goalie Stephan Frey had a very good game and deserved his clean sheet today.

Moving onto Milan vs Udinese where troubled Milan were looking to settle for nothing less than all 3 points because of their horrendous 1-0-2 start to the Season. There was a lot of talk speculating that if Milan were to lose that Massimo Allegri , Milans manager would be sacked and replaced with another manager who many speculate could be Milan and Italian football legend Pippo Inzhagi.

Udinese took the lead in the 40th minute when Ranegie found the back of the net. Hitting back was Stephan El Shaarawy who tied the game in the 50th minute giving Milan fans some hope. Udinese re-took the lead in the 68th minute and who else but skipper Antonio Di Natale through a spot kick. Milan players Zapata and Kevin Price Boateng were both sent off.

Milan were unable to find another goal giving Udinese the win and with Milans troubles continuing they now fall to 15th place in the table and 1-0-3 for the season.

Other Milan club, Inter Milan hosted Siena in the San Siro where fans were expecting Inter to walk all over Siena but in retrospective got totally the opposite of what they were expecting.

Despite Inter playing what seemed to be an amazing game could not find the back of the net as Siena went up 1-0, and never looked back when Vergassola scored in the 73rd minute. Inter fans encouraged their team to push for a equalizer but in the 88th minute Siena put the final nail in Inters coffin as Valiani scored the second and final goal for Siena.


September 26,2012, Week 5 Serie A:

Catania - Atalanta
Chievo - Inter
Fiorentina - Juventus
Genoa - Parma
Ac Milan - Cagliari
Napoli - Lazio
Pescara - Palermo
As Roma - Sampdoria
Siena - Bologna
Torino - Udinese


Serie A Week 4 Player of The Week:

Fabio Quagliarella (Juve) - 2 Goals ( vs Chievo )


Serie A Week 4 Flop Player Of The Week:

Stephan Jovetic (Fio) - 0 Goals ( vs Parma)


Predictions Week 5:

Catania - Atalanta 1-1
Chievo - Inter 2-1
Fiorentina - Juventus 0-3
Genoa - Parma 1-0
AC Milan - Cagliari 0-3
Napoli - Lazio 0-0
Pescara - Palermo 0-2
AS Roma - Sampdoria 2-2
Siena - Bologna 1-0
Torino - Udinese 1-3



Juventus 12, Napoli 10, Lazio 9, Sampdoria 9, Fiorentina 7, Inter 6, Genoa 6, Atalanta 5, Catania 5, Roma 4, Torino 4, Parma 4, Udinese 4, Bologna 4, Milan 3, Chievo 3, Cagliari 2, Pescara 1, Palermo 1, Siena -1


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Peanut Butter and Calcio: Roma and Juve shine, while Pazzini stars for the Rossoneri

Welcome to the first of many Serie A weekly reviews! Serie A had some exciting action over the weekend in the second round of matches.

On paper, Roma-Inter looked to be the most anticipated match, but Inter never lived up to the hype as they saw the King of Rome pick and choose his spots.


Cagliari 1 – 1 Atalanta

10 men Atalanta, against all odds, seemed to have the match wrapped up after saving 2 penalties and a Denis goal in the 81st minute until Ekdal equalized in extra time. As the season progresses, it will be interesting if either of these teams will stay in top-flight Italian Calcio.


Catania 3 – 2 Genoa

Fireworks were flying on the island of Sicily Sunday evening. A free kick from Lodi with only a few minutes remaining sealed Genoa’s fate. Bergessio, the Argentine, netted his first two goals of the season for Catania. I expect Bergessio to break double digits this year in goals.


Lazio 3 – 0 Palermo

Lazio were more than convincing in their 3-0 smashing on Palermo. Klose netted a double and Candreva had the goal of his career. He sent a screamer from 25 yards out into the upper corner. This was a match that Lazio looked as if they had something to prove. For the 2nd straight week Palermo were handed a 3-0 defeat which could scream trouble.


Inter 1 – 3 Roma

Totti, the king of Rome, reeled in the years and gave an impressive performance assisting two goals for the Giallorossi. Roma took Inter down from their imaginary cloud where they believed they were the team to beat in Serie A.

A major takeaway from this match is the development of Osvaldo. The first two weeks of the season have been nothing but fantastic for Osvaldo besides his 2nd yellow in extra time where he slapped his hands on a Sneijder cross. His chip was world-class.


Napoli 2 – 1 Fiorentina

After Cavani, the man who looks like an old woman, renewed his contract with Napoli, they had their second impressive win in a row. In what looked like to be an own goal, Hamsik claims to have striked the ball with his hair to put Napoli up 1-0 10 minutes into the 2nd half. 20 minutes later Dzemaili sent in a screamer after a failed clearance from Fiorentina.

In the closing minutes Jovetic brought Fiorentina within one, but they could not find the equalizer in the end.


Parma 2 – 0 Chievo

In one of the 3 matches that no one cares about, Parma had a great showing against Chievo and came up with the 2-0 victory. Belfodi scored an impressive header and Rosi sealed the victory in the closing minutes on a beautiful assist from Biabany.


Sampdoria 2 – 1 Siena

For the second straight week Sampdoria came up with all three points. Maxi Lopez scored on a turnaround shot from inside the box. In the 61st minute a penalty was awarded to Siena. Calaiò struck the crossbar but Vergassola scored the rebound to bring Siena level.

Only 6 minutes later Gastaldello scored a header to put Sampdoria back in front for the remainder of the contest.


Bologna 1 – 3 Milan

Pazzini! Pazzini! Pazzini! 3 goals (1 coming from a suspect penalty) were all the Rossoneri needed to beat Bologna. Unfortunately for the Milan, they have even more injuries to deal with. Boateng and Montolivo will be out for a couple weeks.

Luckily we are at the international break, so the injuries will not hurt as much as both players should only miss out of 1 week’s action.

Even though Milan won 3-1, they looked shaky in the back. Bonera might be the worst defender in Italy.


Torino 3 – 0 Pescara

Torino slammed 10 men Pescara. This match was clearly the least appetizing. It seems even more evident that Pescara will find it extremely difficult to find points in any week this season.


Udinese 1 – 4 Juventus

The champions proved why they are the best yet again against Udinese. Early on, in the 12th minute, Brkic was given a harsh red as he fouled Giovinco in the box. The rest seemed to be history as Juve did whatever they pleased. Giovinco put 2 on the board and Vidal was able to hit a PK (after failing last week). Vucinic also scored just before the half.

Even though Udinese were a man down, it is impossible to think that any other team can seriously challenge Juve for the Scudetto. Asamoah has shined through the zebra stripes and we are yet to see his partner Isla who should debut on the left versus Genoa after the international break.


Final Thoughts

Napoli-Roma-Lazio-Inter-Milan, however, will be a dog fight for the two champion’s league spots. Destro is the youngster to watch, but Osvaldo will make things tough for the youngster as he is emerging as a force to be wrecking with up top.

Milan seems to have found an answer up top, but will the team be able to stay healthy. If not, Galliani should expect the Europa League and a new coach. It will be interesting to see how things play out in the coming weeks.


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