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Serie A Round 9 Results: Udinese stage spectacular comeback against Roma, Fiorentina put nine-man Lazio to sword
It was a weekend to forget for the capital outfits in Italy, as Napoli edge past a plucky Chievo side, while an in-form Cagliari inflict yet another defeat on Sampdoria
By Livio Caferoglu
|Palermo were left to rue Fabrizio Miccoli's failure to take a golden opportunity at the end of the match, as they could only muster a goalless draw with Siena on Saturday.
Both sides occupied the bottom two spots in Serie A prior to the weekend and, judging by their performances at the Artemio Franchi, there can be little surprise given the profiligate nature of the contest.
The best chance of the evening fell to the Rosanero captain, who, with just minutes remaining, ballooned a one-on-one chance with Gianluca Pegolo after being played in by Massimo Donati.
They also had a valid penalty shout moments later, but the referee ignored Massimo Paci's push on the former Celtic man in the box, to keep the two teams in the relegation mire.
|Fiorentina survived a first-half penalty miss from Matias Fernandez, as they recorded a well-deserved 2-0 win over Lazio on Sunday.
Manuel Pasqual was adjudged to have been brought down by Abdoulay Konko in the area on 27 minutes, but the Chilean midfielder - a summer arrival from Sporting Lisbon - could only hit the post from 12 yards out.
Yet the Viola's dominance was rewarded in stoppage time of the opening period thanks to Adem Ljajic's spectacular strike - the Serbian's first goal of the season.
Cristian Ledesma was then dismissed after his foul on Juan Cuadrado resulted in a second yellow card and subsequent red, leaving Lazio's chances of staging a comeback even more remote.
Incredibly, the Colombia winger attracted another bad challenge and a second sending-off minutes later, this time from Hernanes, to reduce the Biancocelesti to nine men.
The hosts took full advantage of their opponents' misgivings in injury-time, as Alberto Aquilani's delightful through pass was finished off with aplomb by Luca Toni ,to push Fiorentina up to fifth place. Lazio, meanwhile, drop to fourth following Inter's win.
|Pescara may have had numerical advantage over Atalanta for the entire second-half but they could not penetrate the visitors' back four, as a dour affair ended 0-0.
Federico Peluso was the guilty party after being shown a second yellow for his foul on Juan Fernando Quintero, to give the Delfini a ray of hope following a poor display in the first-half.
However, it did not account for much as the visitors produced a steely defensive performance to deny any meaningful chances from being created, despite ploughing forward for long spells.
The result sees Pescara climb to 16th spot in Serie A, above Bologna, but Atalanta fall to 15th.
|Sampdoria suffered a fourth defeat in five matches as Cagliari netted the only goal of the game to earn a 1-0 scalp at the Marassi.
The winner came just two minutes after the restart - Thiago Ribeiro's pinpoint cross was headed home by former Blucerchiati midfielder Daniele Dessena, to make it three successive wins for the Sardinians.
Ciro Ferrara's men continue to fall down the standings in 11th, but Cagliari reach the top-half and into 10th place.
|Parma produced a strong second-half performance at the Grande Torino to register a 3-1 victory over the Granata on Sunday.
Torino's bad afternoon began on 53 minutes. Gianluca Sansone was sent off after being found guilty of simulation following a clash with Gabriel Paletta. Ironically, his namesake Nicola Sansone peeled off the left hand-side to put the Gialloblu in the lead 20 minutes later.
Amauri then doubled Parma's advantage a minute later, meeting Marco Marchionni's cross from the opposing flank, before Aleandro Rosi wrapped up the points following some good work from Jonathan Biabiany.
And, although there was time for a late consolation from Migjen Basha, Torino are now 13th. Parma, conversely, jump to seventh in the table.
|Napoli came close to dropping points following a wasteful first-half display at the San Paolo, but eventually ground out a hard-earned 1-0 victory over Chievo.
Gokhan Inler and Goran Pandev could have been left to reflect on what could have been, having fluffed gilt-edged chances in the opening period, but Marek Hamsik's wonderfully-angled drive on 58 minutes handed the Partenopei a valuable win.
Kamil Vacel was given his marching orders 20 minutes later following a foul on Hamsik, but it did not affect the scoreline. Napoli sit in second spot, three points behind leaders Juventus, but the Flying Donkeys drop to 18th.
|Roma's leaky defence was brutally exposed after they threw away yet another lead to fall to a 3-2 defeat to Udinese.
Erik Lamela opened the scoring on 22 minutes, feinting a pass to draw a dive from Zeljko Brkic, before simply rolling the ball past the goalkeeper. Lamela then grabbed his second two minutes later, via a diving header from Pablo Osvaldo's cross.
But cue the comeback. Firstly, a botched clearance from a free kick allowed Maurizio Domizzi to sneak in and strike for 2-1, and Antonio Di Natale guided home Pablo Armero's shot five minutes after half-time.
And in the most dramatic of circumstances, with the game on a knife edge, Leandro Castan's foul in the box gifted Di Natale the chance to hand the Zebrette all three points. He did just that, sending a chipped penalty down the middle.
Panagiotis Tachtsidis summed up the hosts' horrific evening by being shown a red card for sarcastically applauding the referee, as they now reside in sixth spot and seven points behind third-place. Udinese, meanwhile, climb to eighth.
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