Serie A: Ronaldinho double leads Milan at Juve; Napoli go third; Home wins for Fiorentina, Livorno & Genoa

Juventus 0 – AC Milan 3 (Serie A, January 11, 2009) The final match of the weekend in Italy saw the two great super-powers, Juve and AC Milan, face off in the battle for second. And it was the Rossoneri who struck first when Alessandro Nesta scored on the half hour from Pirlo’s corner after the home defence fell to pieces failing to guard their near post. Milan doubled their lead midway through the second half from another Pirlo corner, this time Ronaldinho was the beneficiary in front of goal. A comprehensive Milan victory was sealed when Ronaldinho claimed a third two minutes from time amid a strong fog in Turin.

Fiorentina 2 – Bari 1 (Serie A, January 11, 2009) In-form Bari took the lead away at Fiorentina when their Brazilian striker Paulo Barreto headed home a 25th minute corner. The Viola hit back in the 38th minute when Adrian Mutu was left free in the Bari box to head a Pasqual cross into the net. Bari were reduced to 10-men after the break when Almiron picked up his second booking, and the Viola made their numbers count as Jose Castillo scored from a rebound after Montolivo had seen a shot crash against the upright.

Livorno 2 – Parma 1 (Serie A, January 11, 2009) Livorno forward Francesco Tavano broke the deadlock against Parma midway through the first half with a fine finish from the edge of the box. Cristiano Lucarelli doubled Livorno’s lead on the hour mark, while Parma pulled one back just six minutes later through Blerim Dzemaili.

Genoa 2 – Catania 0 (Serie A, January 11, 2009) A probing Genoa attack ten minutes from the break against Catania paid dividends for the host, Giandomenico Mesto eventually finishing the move with a header inside the six yard box. Giuseppe Sculli’s header sealed Genoa’s win with a second 20 minutes from time.

Palermo 1 – Atalanta 0 (Serie A, January 11, 2009) Palermo kept their Champions League hopes alive after Uruguayan forward Edison Cavani’s penalty gave them a 1-0 win over managerless Atalanta.

Udinese 1 – Lazio 1 (Serie A, January 11, 2009) The Aquile started positively and took an early lead when man of the moment Sergio Floccari headed home for his third goal in the space of a week. The Friulani wasted no time in restoring parity however and Antonio Di Natale provided the goods when he floated a wonderful free kick past Fernando Muslera on the half hour mark.

Napoli 1 – Sampdoria 0 (Serie A, January 11, 2009) Substitute German Denis netted a brave header midway through the second half to put the Naples side just off the top three.

Bologna 0 – Cagliari 1 (Serie A, January 11, 2009) Bologna continued their struggle against relegation as they were defeated 1-0 by Cagliari at home. The only goal of the match came in the 66th minute when Alessandro Matri’s right footed shot from a very close range found the bottom right corner of the home side’s goal.