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Serie A Round-Up: Pazzini Hat-Trick Stuns Ten Man Lecce

Brescia 1-2 Cagliari

The home side took the lead after twenty minutes from the penalty spot. Biondini fouled Andrea Caracciolo and the striker got up, dusted himself down and scored from twelve yards past Agazzi. However, the visitors produced a sparkling comeback after the break to stun Brescia with two goals in three minutes. First, they scored a terrific counter-attacking goal through Alessandro Matri on 63 minutes, a move that began from a Brescia corner! The turnaround was completed by a stunning 30-yard free-kick from Daniele Conti.

Catania 1-0 Bari

A seemingly elusive opening goal finally arrived eight minutes from the end of normal time, though not before Maxi Lopez had seen red for the home side. Christian Terlizzi rose highest to head home Cristian Llama's free kick past Belgian goalkeeper Jean-Francois Gillet and into the net. His goal was enough to seal the three points for the hosts.

Cesena 1-2 Palermo

Struggling Cesena went behind to mid-table Palermo after just eleven minutes when Josip Ilicic beautifully backheeled the ball into the net from a superb Federico Balzaretti cross. However, the home side got back on level terms on 24 minutes when Yuto Nagatomo's low cross was met by the Albanian striker Erjon Bogdani who made no mistake at the near post. The visitors retook the lead six minutes after the interval when Mattia Cassani's cross was brilliantly volleyed home by Fabrizio Miccoli.

Lecce 2-3 Sampdoria


Sampdoria took the lead after eight minutes thanks to a mix up in the home defense between 'keeper Antonio Rosati and Fabiano. Gianpaolo Pazzini took advantage to convert Reto Ziegler's centre into the net. Things went from bad to worse for the home side when they had Javier Chevanton sent off on 38 minutes. The Uruguayan received a straight red card after he kicked out at an opponent in frustration at the referee's decision not to award Lecce a penalty. And it was from the other penalty spot that Pazzini doubled his personal tally two minutes later after a foul in the box on Guido Marilungo. Nevertheless, Lecce did not give up and they pulled a goal back on 73 minutes through David Di Michele with a wonderful backheeled effort on his own. They were not finished there and thanks to a header from Malian defender Souleymayne Diamoutene, they grabbed a sensational equalizer with seven minutes remaining. However, that man Pazzini broke Lecce hearts and completed his hat-trick with two minutes left to give Sampdoria the three points they had looked like getting for so long.

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