An action packed day involved Sampdoria defeating Bari which is now relegated whilst Parma, Genoa, Fiorentina and Cesena also won
Sampdoria defeated Bari 1-0 in this close contest condemning the home side to relegation to Serie B.
The two sides were battling to stay in the division were playing on an even level and both were uninspiring in the first half. It took an hour for the first goal to come when Erik Huseklepp fouled in the box leaving Nicola Pozzi to convert the penalty to take the initiative in this important game.
Sampdoria now moves out of the relegation zone in 17th place but remains level on goal difference with Lecce whilst Bari will be plying its trade next season in Serie B.Bologna 0-2 Cesena
Cesena defeated Bologna by two goals to nil at the Stadio Renato Della ‘Ara in round 34 of Serie A.
Cesena defended well and managed to keep Bologna away from its goal in a fairly uninteresting opening 45 minutes but the away side took the lead a few minutes in to the second half when Emanuele Giaccherini placed his shot into the top corner of net from inside the box.
The lead was doubled by Cesena through Dominique Malonga in the 84th minute when he was free in the middle of the box and struck into the back of the net leaving Emiliano Viviano no chance of saving it.
The three points for Cesena were vital as it moves up to 15th place and close to Bologna which remains in 12th.
Genoa 4-2 Lecce
In round 34 of this Serie A season Genoa defeated Lecce 4-2 in this exciting battle at the Luigi Ferraris.
Lecce got off to a magnificent start courtesy of David Di Michele’s well struck shot from the edge of the box to find the top corner of the net in the third minute of the game. Only a few minutes later however the Rossoblu equalized following a clinical finish by striker Antonio Floro Flores inside the box.
The away side took the lead again at the half hour mark when Di Michele tapped in Gianni Munari’s header following a corner. The lead was short lived as just a few minutes before half time Rodrigo Palacio stuck his shot into the back of the from close range to make it 2-2 at the break.
For the first time in the game, Genoa took the lead as Palacio headed in Omar Milanetto’s cross inside the six-yard box. The home side increased its lead when Domenico Criscito’s cross found an unmarked Floro Flores at the far post who turned it in to make the score 4-2 after 62 minutes.
The win for Genoa means it climbs to 10th place whilst Lecce fall into the relegation zone level on goal difference with Sampdoria.
Cagliari 1-2 Fiorentina
Fiorentina won 2-1 against Cagliari in an even contest which saw Alessio Cerci score twice.
It was a fairly dogged first half at the Stadio San Elia as both sides weren’t willing to give anything away but it was Fiorentina which broke the deadlock as Cerci’s well taken effort from outside the box found the bottom corner of the net. Cagliari didn’t wait around to equalize as Andrea Cossu’s brilliant solo strike from outside the box made it 1-1.
However the Viola were in similar spirits as Cerci scored his second of the game as a loose ball came his way and he duly put it in the back of the net from close range to take the lead.
Fiorentina’s win moves it up to ninth whereas Cagliari fall to 11th place in round 34 of Serie A.
Udinese 0-2 Parma
Parma pulled off a surprising 2-0 win against an Udinese side which is hunting for a Champions League place in this round 34 game in Serie A
Parma began well and Udinese looked nervous when Amauri opened the scoring as he pounced on a loose ball in the air to header it into the corner of net after 13 minutes. The situation became worse for the Bianconeri when Gokhan Inler reacted badly to a yellow card as he confronted referee Paolo Valeri who decided to show the Swiss a red card leaving his team with ten men.
Udinese piled on the pressure in the second half with chances coming from Antonio Di Natale but it struggled to break through Parma. Despite the home side’s constant threat it was Parma which scored again when Amauri’s left footed shot inside the box confirmed the win.
The loss for Udinese means it remains in fifth place and one point behind Lazio which occupies the last Champions League spot currently. Parma climb to 14th place with 38 points.Follow Goal.com on to get the latest soccer news directly. Check out Goal.com's page; be part of the best soccer fan community in the world!