Sampdoria and Cesena kicked off the weekend at the Luigi Ferraris in Genoa. For the most part, Sampdoria dominated the match but couldn’t find a breakthrough. I Blucerchiati are fighting for a Europa League spot and will be definitely be disappointed with the 0-0 draw, while Cesena are currently in the last relegation spot and will be satisfied with the point.
Juventus hosted in-form Lazio on Saturday night. The first half was quite entertaining and Carlos Tevez opened the scoring in the 17th minute. The Argentine striker broke the offside trap and beat Marchetti with a left-footed shot to the far post on the ground. Tevez is currently the leading goalscorer in Serie A with 18 goals so far. In the 27th minute, Pirlo found Bonucci at midfield with an outlet pass and the center-back dribbled into space on a 3 v 2 counter attack. Lazio defenders kept backing off and eventually Bonucci struck the ball into the back of the net from the top of the box. Juve took a 2-0 lead into halftime and saw the rest of the game out. Juventus are 15 points clear at the top of the table with 7 games remaining. Lazio are now tied on points with city rivals Roma on 58 points but have an advantage on goal differential.
Sassuolo and Torino drew the early Sunday morning match 1-1. Domenico Berardi converted a penalty right before halftime before Fabio Quagliarella also converted a penalty in the 2nd half to split the points. Torino are tied with Genoa for 7th place while Sassuolo sit in 12th place.
Roma hosted Atalanta in another game with two penalty kicks that resulted in a draw. Francesco Totti put Roma ahead early in the 3rd minute from the spot. German Denis drew Atalanta level in the 23rd minute on a PK. Rudi Garcia’s side continues to struggle creating going forward and have had a very poor 2015.
Palermo held on to a first half double from Ivaylo Chochev to defeat Genoa in Sicily. Iago Falque cut the lead shortly after half-time but Genoa could not find an equalizer. Paulo Dybala now has 13 goals and 10 assists this season in Serie A, the first player to hit double digits in both categories. Palermo are in 11th place, one point behind Inter.
Chievo Verona and Udinese played out to a 1-1 draw. Sergio Pellissier had fired Chievo into the lead six minutes before half-time but an own goal from Bostjan Cesar in the 71st minute shared the spoils. The match extended Udinese's winless run to six games and sees Andrea Stramaccioni’s side in 14th place. Meanwhile Chievo Verona are one point ahead of Udinese in 13th place.
Empoli and Parma shared the points in a 2-2 draw. Francesco Lodi put Parma ahead in the 19th minute but goals from Massimo Maccarone and Lorenzo Tonelli gave Empoli a 2-1 half-time lead. Ishak Belfodil then scored his first goal in Serie A since May 2013 to tie the game. The point lifts Empoli to 15th place as they sit 11 points clear of the relegation zone with 7 games remaining.
Coming off an emphatic 4-1 Europa League win over Wolfsburg, Napoli eased to a 3-0 victory over Cagliari. Callejon, Gabbiadini and a Balzano own goal secured 3 points for Rafa Benitez’s side. Napoli are now on 53 points in 4th place, while Cagliari are 9 points away from safety and are close to dropping to Serie B.
The hyped Derby della Madonnina ended in a 0-0 draw even though both teams had disallowed goals. Although I didn’t get to watch the game I’m pretty sure this match just lamented the fact both sides have been mediocre this season. Inzaghi has had a rough season and Mancini has had his troubles returning to Inter. There’s been reports that Berlusconi is close to selling shares of Milan as they sit in 9th place and Inter in 10th.
Fiorentina will surely be disappointing having dropped 3 points at the Artemio Franchi to Hellas Verona on Monday night. La Viola dominated most of the game but were very poor in front of goal. Alessandro Diamanti saw his 67rd minute penalty saved by Rafael. Fiorentina paid the price for not finding the net as Mounir Obbadi scored off a rebound in the 90th minute. Fiorentina drop to 6th place as Hellas Verona move up to 14th.