Inter Milan 2 – AC Milan 0 (Serie A, January 24, 2010) Diego Milito broke the deadlock in a fever pitch Milan derby, the Inter striker drilling a low shot into the far corner from 12-yards. The over-zealous referee then conspired to ruin the game as he ridiculously sent off Inter’s star player Wesley Sneijder when the Dutchman got slightly over-heated when arguing a decision. Milan piled on the pressure at the start of the second half only to fall further behind when Goran Pandev, after hitting the post, curled a sublime free-kick over the wall for 2-nil. The match had a final twist in injury time, Lucio received the second dumb dismissal of the match for “handballing” in the box only for Cesar to turn aside Ronaldinho’s penalty as Inter claimed the double over AC with an aggregate of 6-nil.
Palermo 3 – Fiorentina 0 (Serie A, January 24, 2010) Abel Hernandez broke the deadlock for Palermo in the 27th minute against Fiorentina cracking a sweet half-volley into the top corner of the near post. The 19-year-old Uruguayan striker went on to claim his brace 10 minutes from the break, Hernandez timing his run to perfection to breach the visitors offside trap and finishing with a cool head. A hooked volley inside the 6-yard box from Igor Budan completed the win for the Sicilians on the hour.
Lazio 1 – Chievo 1 (Serie A, January 24, 2010) Lazio centre-half Guglielmo Stendardo cracked home the hosts opener against Chievo after 18 minutes, meeting a flick-on with a powerful drive from 5-yards out. Sergio Pellissier’s close-range finish earned Chievo a point on 77 minutes.
Genoa 2 – Atalanta 0 (Serie A, January 24, 2010) Argentine Rodrigo Palacio latched onto a fantastic pass from deep and produce a majestic lobbed finish as Genoa took the lead over Atalanta. Hernan Crespo double the hosts’ advantage just before the break with a back-post diving header from a free-kick.
Livorno 0 – Napoli 2 (Serie A, January 24, 2010) Livorno were punished for a loose counter-attack against Napoli on the stroke of halftime as Cristian Maggio scored a tremendous Basten-esque volley on the right, hitting the ball as it dropped over his shoulder. Michele Pazienza’s challenge on Martin Bergvold handed Livorno a penalty, but Cristiano Lucarelli saw his spot-kick saved. Alfonso De Lucia was then sent off a minute from time for Livorno before Luca Cigarini made certain of the points by firing home a free-kick.
Siena 1 – Cagliari 1 (Serie A, January 24, 2010) Bottom club Siena shot themselves in the foot after being forced to settle for a 1-1 draw at home to Cagliari. Emanuele Calaio put Siena ahead on 78 minutes, but just two minutes later, Cagliari equalised through Alessandro Matri’s penalty after Emilson Cribari had been sent off for bringing down Andrea Cossu.
Udinese 2 – Sampdoria 3 (Serie A, January 24, 2010) Antonio Di Natale gave Udinese a seventh minute lead from the penalty spot after he had been fouled by Fabrizio Cacciatore, but Samp levelled with a spot-kick of their own on 28 minutes, Giampaolo Pazzini scoring after Simone Pepe had fouled Nicola Pozzi. Marucio Isla restored Udinese’s lead just before half-time, but Pozzi levelled on 57 minutes and Franco Semioli scored Samp’s winner midway through the second half.
Bologna 2 – Bari 1 (Serie A, January 24, 2010) Bologna moved up three places in the standings after coming from behind to claim a 2-1 win at home to Bari. Barreto put Bari ahead in the 39th minute before the introduction of Henry Gimenez early in the second half turned the game in Bologna’s favour. Within minutes of coming on, Gimenez headed home Adailton’s corner and he then poached the winner from close range on 72 minutes.