Inzaghi and Beckham inspire rampant Milan; Totti double secures Roma success

AC Milan 5 – Torino 1 (Serie A, April 19, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Super Pippo had a goal ruled out for offside against Torino after connecting expertly with a Beckham dead-ball. But Inzaghi could not be stopped as the striker headed home a Beckham corner minutes later. The Beckham-Inzaghi combined struck again in the 37th minute with Super Pippo grabbing his second of the game. Felipe Inzaghi completed his richly deserved hat-trick after the break, the serial goal-scorer latching onto a Ronaldinho through-ball to score. Kaka added the fourth from the spot, with Ivan Franceschini netting a late consolation for Torino, before Massimo Ambrosini claimed an injury time fifth for the Rossoneri.

Udinese 3 – Fiorentina 1 (Serie A, April 19, 2009) Udinese’s young Ghanaian striker Kwadwo Asamoah scored a well taken solo goal to hand the Zebrette the lead over Fiorentina. Gaetano D’Agostino converted a second half penalty after Fiorentina’s Alessandro Gamberini was harshly adjudged to have handled. Dario Dainelli’s header gave the visitors hope but midfielder D’Agostino netted a splendid free-kick to wrap up victory for mid-table Udinese.

Roma 3 – Lecce 2 (Serie A, April 19, 2009) After Roma’s talisman Francesco Totti had given the hosts a third minute lead over Lecce, Matteo Brighi doubled the lead ten minutes later when he met a cross at the near post to bundle the ball home. Gianni Munari pulled a goal back for the visitors before Dimitrios Papadopoulos brought Lecce back level early in the second half. But the Romans weren’t to be denied, Francesco Totti grabbing his second penalty of the game to seal the points.

Siena 0 – Chievo 2 (Serie A, April 19, 2009) Sergio Pellissier’s Indian summer for Chievo continued at Siena, the midfielder breaking the deadlock midway through the first half with a simple tap from close range. Pellissier sealed the victory shortly after halftime with his sixth goal in six games.

Palermo 4 – Bologna 1 (Serie A, April 19, 2009) Bologna’s Manuel Belleri put through his own net early doors at Palmero, with the hosts’ much-hyped Danish centre-half Simon Kjaer nodding in a second for the Sicilians on the stroke of halftime. Davide Succi made it three on 64 minutes, before Sergio Volpi saw red for Bologna 13 minutes from time. Marco Di Vaio did snatch a consolation with six minutes remaining, but Edison Cavani rounded off the scoring in stoppage-time.

Cagliari 2 – Napoli 0 (Serie A, April 19, 2009) Giuseppe Mascara made no mistake from the penalty spot after 39 minutes to put the home side on their way and Jorge Martinez made sure the points stayed at Angelo Massimino with a second three minutes after the break.

Atalanta 0 – Reggina 1 (Serie A, April 19, 2009) Amaranto striker Fabio Ceravolo scored the only goal of the game after 40 minutes to seal a win that takes them to within four points of safety with six games remaining.