Sunday, December 5, 2010
Juventus cemented third place in Serie A with a hard-fought 3-1 win at Catania on Sunday night.
Simone Pepe put the Bianconeri in front after 35 minutes, but Takayuki Morimoto brought the home side deservedly level a minute later.

Two strikes from Fabio Quagliarella, who also saw a valid goal not given, earned Juventus all three points against a Catania side who had dominated the game, but lacked the killer instinct in front of the net.
Sampdoria bounced back from their European disappointment in midweek with a convincing 3-0 win over 10-man Bari.

Domenico Di Carlo's men crashed out of the Europa League on Wednesday night after going down 2-1 at home to PSV Eindhoven but they found Bari a far simpler prospect.

Giampaolo Pazzini put the hosts ahead from the penalty spot after 17 minutes and Bari's afternoon took another turn for the worse when Marco Rossi was sent off after lashing out at home keeper Gianluca Curci.

Stefano Guberti then took centre stage with two second-half strikes to secure a fine win and move Sampdoria to within a point of the Champions League spots.

Bari remain two points adrift at the bottom. Genoa came from behind to pick up their third away win of the Serie A season with a 3-1 victory at struggling Lecce.

Edward Ofere put the hosts in front early in the second half, but Luca Toni levelled less than 10 minutes later.

Defender Andrea Ranocchia scored the second for the Rossoblu in the 76th minute before Marco Rossi added a third in stoppage time to take them into the top half of the table and leave Lecce in the bottom three.
Hernan Crespo struck twice against Udinese as Parma climbed further away from the relegation zone with a 2-1 win.

The Argentinian striker opened the scoring from the penalty spot with 24 minutes played before Udinese's Antonio Di Natale equalised 11 minutes later.

Crespo put his team back in front for good early in the second half as Parma bagged the three points.
The result has lifted Parma to 15th in the standings, six points clear of the relegation zone. Udinese, meanwhile, have dropped to 11th.

Adrian Mutu grabbed the only goal of the game to earn Fiorentina a 1-0 victory over Cagliari at Stadio Artemio Franchi.

The Romania international nodded home from close range in the 52nd minute to give Sinisa Mihajlovic's side a valuable win that sees them move further away from the teams battling towards the foot of the table.

Bologna put their off-field distractions behind them and claimed a first Serie A win on the road this season with a 2-0 victory at Cesena.

Veteran striker Marco Di Vaio opened the scoring in the 31st minute before Miguel Britos put the game beyond Cesena's reach with three minutes remaining.

Bologna went into the game at the Dino Manuzzi stadium after being slapped with a one-point deduction for unpaid taxes this week.

Club owner Sergio Porcedda, who put the club up for sale last month, was also banned for six months.

On Saturday, AC Milan moved three points clear at the top of the standings and opened up a 10-point cushion over defending champions Inter Milan thanks to a comfortable 3-0 win over Brescia.

The match was decided inside the first half an hour with Kevin-Prince Boateng's first goal for the Rossoneri putting the home side on course for all three points after just four minutes.

Two goals in the space of three minutes from Robinho and Zlatan Ibrahmovic sealed the win and allowed Milan to sit back and relax for the remainder of the game as struggling Brescia failed to put up a fight.

In the day's other game, Chievo recovered from two goals down to grab a point from a 2-2 draw against Roma in atrocious conditions at the Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi.

Two goals from Fabio Simplicio in the first half put the Giallorossi in command on a pitch which was practically unplayable due to the huge patches of mud and sand.

Davide Moscardelli gave Chievo hope on the hour mark with the pitch also playing its part in his goal and Pablo Granoches scored the equaliser 10 minutes from time before Daniele De Rossi was dismissed as he showed his frustration.

On Friday night Lazio pulled off an impressive 3-1 win over a lacklustre Inter Milan, increasing the pressure on Inter boss Rafael Benitez.
Giuseppe Biava put the hosts in front in the 26th minute and they seemed to be cruising to victory when Mauro Zarate doubled their lead in the 53rd minute.

However, Goran Pandev gave the defending champions hope in the 74th minute before Hernanes sealed a deserved win for Lazio with a free-kick in the 89th minute.


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