Italy Serie A — 26 February 2013

No problems for Juventus, who defeated Siena 3-0 on Sunday afternoon. The match was decided by the goals scored by Lichtsteiner in the first half and by Giovinco and PoLichtsteinergba in the second. Juventus’ victory imposes also Napoli to win on Monday, but the match drawn 0-0 against Udinese leads Juve at +6. Cavani and Hamsik wasted two opportunities, demonstrations of the dark period that Mazzarri’s team is living,  while Udinese showed a solid defense. The match has been characterized by two penalties not assigned by the referee to Napoli; Mazzarri after the match protested saying that the match has been influenced by these mistakes.

The Milan derby has seen AC Milan concentrated and dominant in the first half, but only El Sharaawy scored. The contested Mario Balotelli, who has been booed by Inter Milan supporters for all the match, had two important opportunities: in the first one he slipped before shooting in front of the goalkeeper, in the second one Handanovic made a great save. In the second half a solid and motivated Inter drew thanks to Schelotto’s goal, while Milan started showing tiredness. The final result 1-1 permitted Lazio, victorious 2-0 against Pescara, to surpass AC Milan.

The good period for Catania is continuing as visible in the result 1-2 against Parma, that makes Catania’s fans dream Europe. Also Roma won a difficult match in Bergamo, 2-3 with the decisive goal by Torosidis.

Palermo maintains its last position only drawing 0-0 against Genoa. This result made president Zamparini exonerate the coach Malesani after only three matches and call back Giampiero Gasperini. In the remaining matches, Sampdoria won 2-0 against Chievo and Cagliari 4-3 against Torino.

The last match of this round, played on Tuesday due to the snow, shows the victory of Bologna 2-1 against Fiorentina, that has wasted the opportunity to catch AC Milan in the Europe zone. A strong Bologna deserved the victory versus a Fiorentina that has suffered too much, even if Cuadrado and Toni failed two clear goal occasions.


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