AC Milan 5 – Genoa 2 (Serie A, January 6, 2010) Milan should have taken a 14th minute lead against Genoa after Ambrossini fell in the box, but Ronaldinho missed from the spot. The Rossoneri were made to pay for their mistake nine minutes later when Giuseppe Sculli put the visitors in front by nodding in a cross at the back post. Milan weren’t behind for long, the hosts winning a second penalty after Ambrossini was again felled in the box in the 32nd and this time Ronaldinho made no mistake from 12-yards. Milan finished the half on a high as Tiago Silva fired Leonardo’s charges into the lead, and they started the second half scoring again when Marco Borriello tucked home Ambrossini’s cutback in the box. AC Milan’s fourth was one of the goals of the season, as Marco Borriello acrobatically volleyed in off the post. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar slotted in a fifth from the spot, David Suazo netting a late consolation goal for Genoa with a thrashing drive.
Chievo 0 – Inter Milan 1 (Serie A, January 6, 2010) It took Goran Pandev just eleven minutes to show his worth at new club Inter after joining from Lazio on a free transfer earlier in the week, as the Macedonian forward teed up Super Mario Balotelli for a shot that was said to have crossed the line, with Pandev on hand to head in the rebound just to make sure the goal stood. (First half highlights here.) In a bad-tempered match which saw no fewer than nine players booked, Chievo worked hard for an equaliser and had two penalty shouts waved away but the Serie A leaders hung on to grind out the victory.
Parma 1 – Juventus 2 (Serie A, January 6, 2010) Juve raced into a third minute lead at Parma, Diego whipped in a corner from the right that Chiellini headed back into the mixer with Hassan Salihamidzic nodding the ball over the line. Parma levelled midway through first half when Zenoni swung in a cross from the right which Nicola Amoruso guided home after outjumping Legrottaglie. But a second corner in the 38th minute restored Juve’s advantage with Paolo Castellini unwittingly turning a Diego corner into his own net.
Atalanta 0 – Napoli 2 (Serie A, January 6, 2010) A seventh minute wonder-strike from Fabio Quagliarella, cracking a 30-yard howitzer on the angle that ripped into the top corner, fired Napoli in front at Atalanta. Michele Pazienza’s second just before the hour was enough to give Napoli the spoils in Bergamo.
Cagliari 2 – Roma 2 (Serie A, January 6, 2010) After a goalless first half in Cagliari, Roma took the lead in the 52nd minute when Mirko Vucinic appeared to fall a little too easily in the hosts’ box and David Pizarro dispatched the spot-kick. With their noses in front Roma were quick to double their lead, Taddei the architect before Simone Perotta slotted in the second. As the 90th minute ticked over Cagliari gave themselves a lifeline as Daniele Conti tucked in a scrappy corner. And in the 92nd minute the home crowd went bananas as Diego Luis Lopez was in the right place at the right time to capitalise on a rebound and earn Cagliari a dramatic point.
Lazio 4 – Livorno 1 (Serie A, January 6, 2010) Lazio’s woeful form at the end of 2009 carried over at the start of the new year as Martin Bergvold slipped Livorno into a 7th minute lead. After the break Lazio finally brought their fans some cheer as Sergio Floccari bagged a brace and Tommaso Rocchi notched a third to give the hosts some breathing room. An injury time penalty from Aleksandar Kolarov, after Perticone had been sent off for Livorno, sealed victory for the Romans.
Siena 1 – Fiorentina 5 (Serie A, January 6, 2010) A brilliant first half display by Fiorentina at Siena blew the hosts away in the opening 45 minutes, Per Kroldrup headed in a Vargas corner after seven minutes, Mario Alberto Santana converted the second from a free-kick after 28 minutes and Alberto Gilardino chalked up a third 10 minutes from the break. The visitors continued to torment Siena in the second half. Gilardino netted his second of the match in the 66th minute and then 11 minutes from time Adrian Mutu scored Fiorentina’s fifth of the afternoon. However, the hosts earned themselves a consolation goal when Massimo Maccarone converted a penalty in the 84th minute.
Bari 2 – Udinese 0 (Serie A, January 6, 2010) Bari took a 6th minute lead when the hosts cheaply won the ball in midfield and burst into a counter-attack that Riccardo Meggiorini finally swept home. The victory was assured in the 68th minute when Paulo Vito Barreto netted the ball.
Sampdoria 1 – Palermo 1 (Serie A, January 6, 2010) Edinson Cavani gave Palermo the lead five minutes before half time but just a minute later Antonio Cassano equalised. Sampdoria had numerous chances to win the match in the second half but the two sides ultimately shared the spoils in Genoa.
Catania 1 – Bologna 0 (Serie A, January 6, 2010) Catania boosted their survival hopes with a priceless 1-0 win over Bologna as Sinisa Mihajlovic got the better of his former employers. Nicolas Spolli was the hero for Catania with the only goal of the game nine minutes from time.