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Serie A

  • 7 April 2013
  • • 18:30
  • • Stadio Comunale Artemio Franchi - Montepaschi Arena, Siena
  • Referee: M. Bergonzi
  • • Attendance: 9000

Serie A Round 31 Results: Di Natale hits landmark in Udinese victory, ...

Serie A Round 31 Results: Di Natale hits landmark in Udinese victory, ...

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The Zebrette talisman claimed sole ownership of 13th place in the all-time Capocannoniere charts, while Palermo notched up another big win to further aid their hopes of survival


Torino needed a last-gasp equaliser to salvage a 2-2 draw with Bologna who were left kicking themselves after they had staged a second-half comeback.

On 25 minutes, the Granata took the lead when Paulo Barreto swept up the rebound from Mario Santana's piledriver which forced Jean-Francois Gillet into making the save prior to the Brazilian striker's finish.

But not long after the hour mark, Archimede Morleo's lung-bursting dash down the left flank and inch-perfect cross met the onrushing head of Panagiotis Kone who pipped Angelo Ogbonna to the post.

The visitors continued to fluff their lines and it allowed Tiberio Guarente the opportunity to put the Rossoblu  ahead for the first time in the match thanks to a vicious left-footed strike from distance.

Bologna fans wasted no time in basking in their glory with the points seemingly bagged, but Rolando Bianchi spoiled the party with the last kick of the game.


Catania squandered a great opportunity to preserve their hopes of European football next season following Sunday's dull stalemate with Cagliari.

The hosts went into the clash only five points off the pace of Inter in fifth, but the absences of Francesco Lodi and Sergio Almiron were keenly felt as they lacked any sort of creativity or invention.

As a result, there was a vacuum of chances in Sicily, but Thiago Ribeiro and Mauricio Pinilla should have emerged as match-winners for Cagliari in the latter stages - if not for the post and Giovanni Marchese.


Udinese ended their four-match winless run on Sunday after they eventually made easy work of Chievo in a 3-1 victory at the Friuli.

Inside 20 minutes, the Zebrette went ahead through Antonio Di Natale whose winding dribble resulted in the first goal of the afternoon in Udine - leaving Christian Puggioni helpless in the process.

Di Natale may have felt the referee's wrath following his celebration, but moments later he spectacularly netted his 170th Serie A goal with a glorious left-footed volley from a tight angle.

Francesco Guidolin's charges appeared to be cruising to a comprehensive success on home soil, however Paul Papp headed Chievo back into contention with half-time fast approaching.

Nonetheless, it was to be Udinese's day as their two-goal hero laid the ball on a plate for Mehdi Benatia to effortlesly tap into an empty net.


After going 17 matches without a win prior to the re-appointment of Giuseppe Sannino, Palermo recorded back-to-back victories for the first time this season thanks to a stunning 3-1 triumph at Sampdoria.

With 10 minutes of the first half yet, Fabrizio Miccoli's ball caused mass hysteria in the Blucerchiati box and Steve von Bergen - somewhat fortuitously - managed to get the final, all-important touch.

But on the cusp of the break, Gianni Munari out-jumped Jasmin Kurtic to head his side back on level terms and throw the Sicilians' hopes of an unlikely scalp into dispute.

Yet Josip Ilicic restored Palermo's lead after just five second-half minutes when he left a succession of Sampdoria players quaking in their boots before cornering home an angled drive.

And the points were sealed not long later as Miccoli - once more the architect for the visitors - found Santiago Garcia to move the Rosanero out of the relegation places.


Despite home advantage and Parma's dreadful form on the road this season, Siena could only draw 0-0 with their Emilia-Romagnese cousins at the Artemio Franchi.

The Tuscans have fared admirably well
to give themselves a fighting chance of survival with a six-point deduction to their name but could only end the visitors' run of four straight away defeats on Sunday.

Yet barring an early Innocent Emeghara effort, they were lucky that Gianluca Pegolo was on top form between the posts to deny the likes of Amauri and Gianluca Sansone from opening their accounts.


Napoli moved back into second place by recording a 2-0 victory over relegation-threatened Genoa at San Siro.

The Partenopei got off to a decent start, with Goran Pandev forcing an early save from Sebastien Frey from distance. Pandev went one better soon after, sending a shot into the back of the net via a slight deflection off Andreas Granqvist.

And 10 minutes later, it was two, with Marek Hamisk feeding Blerim Dzemaili, who finished off a superb counterattacking move.

Genoa rallied after the break, and had claims for a penalty turned down when Ciro Immobile was felled in the area, but Edinson Cavani almost had the final say, forcing Frey into two late saves.