Genoa 3 – Sampdoria 1 (Serie A, May 3, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Diego Milito tapped home at the far post to put Genoa ahead on the half hour, but Hugo Campagnaro levelled with a cool finish in first half injury time. Milito produced another composed finish to re-establish Genoa’s lead on 73 minutes, before a wild two minutes saw three players – Matteo Ferrari and Thiago Motta (Genoa), and Campagnaro for Sampdoria – sent off. Milito wrapped up the victory in stoppage time, side-footing into an empty net after a breakaway from Palladino.
Juventus 2 – Lecce 2 (Serie A, May 3, 2009) Juve fell behind at home to Lecce after Axel Cedric Konan broke the offside trap before slipping the ball past Buffon. Alex Del Piero came close to equalising with a free-kick. After the break Juve drew level as Pavel Nedved equalised for the Old Lady, and the legendary Czech midfielder doubled his tally with a second in the 67th minute. But Lecce dug deep to find a 93rd minute leveller through Jose Ignacio Castillo’s diving header. Gigi Buffon’s face at full time told the story of the match.
Catania 0 – AC Milan 2 (Serie A, May 3, 2009) AC Milan took the lead at Catania with Kaka feeding the ball into Super Pippo who spun and found the back of the net. Kaka doubled the Rossoneri’s lead poking the ball over the line early in the second half.
Udinese 3 – Atalanta 0 (Serie A, May 3, 2009) Fabio Quagliarella put Udinese ahead against Atalanta. Fabio Quagliarella helped himself to a second 15 minutes from time with the visitors’ defence caught napping before Giovanni Pasquale slotted home the third at the death.
Siena 2 – Napoli 1 (Serie A, May 3, 2009) Houssine Kharja scored a fantastic solo effort to fire Siena ahead against Napoli, Massimo Maccarone slamming home the second after the visitors fell asleep from a throw-in.
Palermo 5 – Cagliari 1 (Serie A, May 3, 2009) Palermo took a two goal lead through Giulio Migliaccio and Fabrizio Miccoli (stunning free-kick) before Jeda pulled a goal back for Cagliari. Hopes of a comeback were snuffed out by further strikes from Giovanni Tedesco and Edinson Cavani at the start of the second half.
Fiorentina 1 – Torino 0 (Serie A, May 3, 2009) Fiorentina moved ahead against Torino with a lovely goal from Juan Manuel Vargas who controlled a through ball on his chest, beat the keeper through his legs before rolling the ball into the unguarded net.
Roma 0 – Chievo 0 (Serie A, May 3, 2009) A lively game in Rome ended goalless as Chievo’s defence was able to hold out for ninety minutes.