Monday, 11 November 2013

SerieA Season 2013/14 Review: Episode 12

Action went down again in the SerieA as the last international break for the 2013 calendar year beckons.
Episode 12 was filled with big wins for the big guns - in defending champions Juventus, San Siro giants Inter milan and the city of florence outfit ACF Fiorentina gate-crashed the top log of the serieA; here are some of the major events that marvelled our screens...


The eternal city of Rome stood to a halt as relegation threatened Sassuolo Fc got an unusual point away from home from league leaders Roma. A Domenico Berardi's injury-time goal ensured the lowly placed team became the first side to take something off the Giallorossi at the Stadio Olimpico this term.

Rudi Garcia's team went in front through Alessandro Longhi's first-half own goal but Berardi,a 19-year-old on loan from Juventus, levelled in the 94th minute.

Having triumphed in their first 10 games, - a Serie A record, Roma are now winless in two, but remain the only unbeaten team in the SerieA; while Sassuolo have climbed out of the bottom three.


Reigning champions Juventus moved to within a point of Roma with a Superb 3-0 victory over fellow high-fliers Napoli.

Fernando Llorente's close-range strike just two minutes into the game set Antonio Conte's team on their way to a precious victory, before spectacular second-half goals from an Andrea Pirlo free-kick and a Paul Pogba Volley sealed a fourth straight win for the Old Lady of Turin

Angelo Ogbonna was sent off late on for Juventus but it did not dampen the mood in Turin as the Bianconeri maintained their 100 per cent home league record this season.


 Fiorentina's Giuseppe Rossi celebrates after scoring the equaliser against Napoli on October 30, 2013

Giuseppe Rossi scored a brace in the first half, taking his tally to eleven for the season as Fiorentina overcame Sampdoria 2-1.

Rossi netted his first from the spot after 11 minutes and confirmed his brace six minutes later.

Manolo Gabbiadini replied for Sampdoria,but could not prevent a third successive defeat.


Title challengers? Inter Milan are closing in only the top of Serie A

Inter Milan moved to within seven points of league leaders Roma thanks to a 2-0 win over Livorno which saw Javier Zanetti make his return to action at the age of 40.

An own goal by Inter Milan's own goalkeeper Francesco Bardi, who is playing on loan this season at Livorno, and a late Yuto Nagatomo strike earned the Nerazzurri all three points at the San Siro.

Zanetti entered for the final 10 minutes, earning a standing ovation as he took to the field for the first time since rupturing his Achilles tendon in April.


Chievo remain bottom after a goalless home draw with Milan that saw two men sent off in the closing stages.

Captain Riccardo Montolivo saw red for Milan,who are now winless in four, when picking up a second bookable offence in the 83rd minute and Sergio Pellissier was dismissed for the hosts in injury time. It was a game which was less filled with no top action as both sides hardly tested each other...*Yawns*

In other SerieA games; surprise team of the season Hellas Verona's ended their good run at Genoa,who ran out 2-0 winners thanks to first-half goals from Daniele Portanova and Juraj Kucka.

Parma Fc are without a win in three games but ended a run of two straight defeats as veteran Alessandro Lucarelli's equaliser earned a 1-1 draw with Lazio.

Balde Keita gave Lazio a 50th-minute lead before Lucarelli's intervention for Parma, who ended the game with 10 men after Aleandro Rosi's late red card.

Daniele Conti's brace ensured Cagliari ended a run of three successive defeats by beating Torino 2-1.

Conti's first came just before half-time and he had the last laugh with a late free-kick following Ciro Immobile's equaliser.

Also,Marko Livaja struck a winner right at the death to give Atalanta a 2-1 victory over Bologna.

Davide Brivio gave the home side the lead after 74 minutes, but his effort was quickly cancelled out by Rolando Bianchi.

Livaja had the final say three minutes into stoppage time, giving Atalanta a first win in four. Udinese lost all three points away from home to Catania by a Maxi Lopez penalty strike.

Top Scorers

Rossi G. ACF Fiorentina 11goals

Cerci A. Torino FC 8goals

Palacio R. Inter Milan 7goals

Berardi D. Sassuolo FC 6goals

Callejon J. SS Napoli 6goals

Hamsik M. SS Napoli 6goals

Tevez C. Juventus FC 6goals

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