Serie A Round 5 Results: Cavani sinks sorry Lazio, Stekelenburg howler gifts Sampdoria point

Elsewhere over the course of the past three days in Italy, Pescara picked up their first victory of the season against Palermo, while Udinese were held to a stalemate at Torino

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Round 5 Results

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Catania survived a goalkeeping gaffe by coming back from behind to seal a 2-1 win over Atalanta at the Angelo Massimino on Tuesday.

Mariano Andujar was last week's hero for the Elefanti, saving his team from a likely defeat to Lazio, but his stray pass, intended for Nicolas Spolli, was snapped up by Maxi Moralez, who opened the scoring with the goal at his mercy just two minutes after the restart.

However, just moments later, a Francesco Lodi corner was headed through the legs of Andrea Consigli by Spolli, before a sweeping move down the left-hand side was coolly finished off by Pablo Barrientos on 64 minutes to complete the turnaround in fortunes.

Catania find themselves in eighth following the victory, but Atalanta fall to 15th in the Serie A standings.
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Genoa missed one penalty but made no mistake about the second that was awarded to them at the death, as they rescued a 1-1 draw against Parma on Tuesday.

The Gialloblu took the lead early on through Alessandro Lucarelli. Cristian Zaccardo saw his header from a corner parried away by Sebastien Frey, but the defender was on hand to fire home the rebound on the volley.

However, the hosts got a reprieve on the edge of half-time as Daniele Galloppa handballed the ball in the box. Unfortunately for Marco Borriello, his penalty cannoned off the crossbar, leaving Antonio Mirante to pick up the pieces.

Yet the opportunity soon arised for Borriello to make amends for his earlier miss. With just two minutes of normal time remaining, Lucarelli turned from hero to villain, bringing down the striker. Contentious or not, he stepped to bag his side a share of the spoils.

Genoa move to ninth in the table, while Parma are stationed in 12th place.
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Edinson Cavani was the star of the show at the San Paolo on Tuesday, as Napoli blitzed to a resounding 3-0 success over Lazio.

The Biancocelesti did come out with some credit for their sportsmanship, however, after Miroslav Klose confessed to match officials that he used his hand to bundle a corner over the line, with the goal originally standing.

The Uruguayan got the ball rolling early on for his side after letting fly from distance, albeit with the help of a deflection from Michael Ciani to divert the ball goalwards.

On the half-hour mark, Paolo Cannavaro's raking pass was latched onto by Cavani, who sprang the offside trap and unleashed a stinging effort past Federico Marchetti.

Napoli completed the rout midway through the second half from another counterattack, as Cavani, in his stride once more, rounded Marchetti and tapped the ball into an empty net.

The striker could have made it four from the penalty spot but he could only send the ball high over the bar, sparing Ciani's blushes this time around.

The hosts continue their unbeaten start to the season and remain second. Lazio, however, suffer a second straight league defeat and fall to fifth.
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Pescara registered their first victory of the season Wednesday after edging out Palermo 1-0 at the Adriatico, leaving Gian Piero Gasperini still searching for his first win as Rosanero boss.

The difference between the two teams was found with only four minutes of normal time remaining, as former Manchester City winger Vladimir Weiss rifled the ball into the top left corner from 20 yards out, leaving Samir Ujkani helpless.

They successfully make their way out of the relegation zone for the first time this season following a maiden win of the campaign, but Palermo remain rooted to the bottom of Serie A.
A landmark Francesco Totti goal was followed up by a howler from Maarten Stekelenburg, as Roma were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw with 10-man Sampdoria at the Olimpico.

The Giallorossi opened the scoring on 34 minutes as Mattia Destro's failed attempt to beat Sergio Romero was eventually made to count by Totti, who turned 36 on Wednesday and claimed third place in the all-time Capocannoniere charts in Serie A with his 216th league strike.

However, on the hour mark, while he did well to parry away Eder's free kick, he was caught flapping for Gianluca Berardi's cross in quick succession, and Gianni Munari managed to touch the ball into the net to ensure his side's unbeaten start to the season continued.

Roma find themselves in sixth place following their draw, but Sampdoria stay third in the standings.
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Bologna were forced to pay for their profligacy in front of goal on Thursday after eventually crashing to a 1-0 defeat at Siena, who have now won consecutive matches under Serse Cosmi.

Gianluca Pegolo was not to be beaten in the Tuscans' net, denying the likes of Panagiotis Kone and Alberto Gilardino on more than one occasion, while full-backs Marco Motta and Archimede Morleo fired noteworthy efforts.

But Emanuele Calaio was to be the match-winner midway through the second half and with a touch of fortune, as his speculative drive was deflected into the goal by Mikael Antonsson, with Federico Agliardi wrongfooted.

Siena have now erased their six-point deduction and lie in 18th place, on two points, while Bologna are stranded in 15th.
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In the only other stalemate of the midweek fixtures, Torino and Udinese played out an exciting 0-0 draw on Wednesday.

The new boys came closest via Migien Basha, Gianluca Sansone and Mario Santana, but the trio saw their respective attempts clip the upright, meaning a point was to be the order of the evening.

However, Mehdi Benatia thought he had grabbed all three points for Udinese right at the death, but Jean-Francois Gillet was adjudged to have parried away the danger while standing in front of the goal line.

Udinese are placed 13th in Serie A, but Torino are two berths higher in 11th.