Inter edge Chievo 4-3; Roma rally to down Cagliari; Milan lose at Genoa; Parma down Juve; Napoli relegate Atalanta

Inter Milan 4 – Chievo 3 (Serie A, May 9, 2010) Serie A leaders conceded after 12 minutes at home to Chievo when a right wing cross was diverted into his own net by Thiago Motta. Jose Mourinho’s charges were behind for less than a minute when Eto’o pass into the Flying Donkeys’ box was turned into his net own net by Andrea Mantovani’s careless flick. Just after the half hour Inter took the lead, Maicon whipped over a cross to the back stick which Esteban Cambiasso converted with on the running volley. Inter extended their lead in the 39th minute when Diego Milito netted his 21st in the league with a delightful chip from 15-yards out. The match appeared to put to bed early in the second half after Maicon’s ball over the top was collected by bad-boy Mario Balotelli who lifted Inter into a 4-1 lead. But Chievo managed to pull themselves back into the match though soon after when Pablo Granoche was in the right place to diverted a shot on goal past Julio Cesar. And amazingly Chievo scored again to make the score 4-3, Zanetti played a loose ball across the backline and Sergio Pellissier nipped in and crashed home an unlikely third for the visitors.

Roma 2 – Cagliari 1 (Serie A, May 9, 2010) Roma, needing to win to keep alive any hopes of claiming the Scudetto, ballsed-up numerous chances to take the lead at home to Cagliari, and with under 20 minutes to go the Giallorossi’s wastefulness was punished when Andrea Lazzari cracked home a beauty from a free-kick. Roma’s woes looked to be certain after Totti lifted a chip over the bar from four yards out, but minutes later Francesco Totti was able to turn in the box and drill home the leveller to restore hope for Raneri’s men. Roma then took an incredible lead to breathe life back into the title race, Riise’s cross was stopped by a stray hand and, from the spot, Francesco Totti converted the crucial second.

Genoa 1 – AC Milan 0 (Serie A, May 9, 2010) Horribly bad defending from the Rossoneri early in the second half at an eerie Genoa stadium without any fans allowed Giuseppe Sculli the freedom of the box to header home a corner.

Juventus 2 – Parma 3 (Serie A, May 9, 2010) Juventus forged ahead of Parma in the 16th minute when Alex Del Piero crashed home a half-volley from Iquanta’s tidy touch in the box. The visitors hit back when Davide Lanzafame saw his shot take a deflection and wrongfoot Buffon in the Old Lady’s goal. The match was turned on its head five minutes before the break when Juve’s offside trap was breached and Davide Lanzafame was on hand to score Parma’s second. Jonathan Biabiany claimed the win for Parma at the death.

Fiorentina 1 – Siena 1 (Serie A, May 9, 2010) Simone Vergassola slid relegated Siena into a surprise 3rd minute lead at Fiorentina, but the Viola soon leveled when Marco Marchionni side-footed home the equaliser.

Bologna 1 – Catania 1 (Serie A, May 9, 2010) Bologna’s evergreen forward Marco Di Vaio fired the relegation-threatened hosts in front against Catania when he drilled a shot into the near post from the edge of the box.

Livorno 1 – Lazio 2 (Serie A, May 9, 2010) Tommaso Rocchi’s close range finish from a left wing cross put Lazio in the ascendancy at Livorno. Cristiano Lucarelli scored Livorno’s goal before Cristian Brocchi grabbed the winner for Lazio.

Udinese 3 – Bari 3 (Serie A, May 9, 2010) Paulo Vito Barreto put Bari in front only for Antonio Di Natale and Simone Pepe to turn the game around, but Vladimir Koman restored parity six minutes before halftime. Di Natale restored Udinese’s lead in the second half but Sergio Almiron netted the leveller in the final minute.

Palermo 1 – Sampdoria 1 (Serie A, May 9, 2010) Samp would have clinched a place in Europe’s elite club competition with a win, and they were on course for victory when Giampaolo Pazzini’s 54th-minute penalty put them ahead, but Fabrizio Miccoli levelled from the spot with 20 minutes to go to keep Palermo two points adrift with one game to go.

Napoli 2 – Atalanta 0 (Serie A, May 9, 2010) Atalanta were relegated from Serie A after falling to yet another defeat at the hands of Napoli, Fabio Quagliarella scored late in each half as Napoli cruised to a straightforward victory.