Inter look a shoe-in for the serie A title after Pellissier’s hat-trick dents Juve’s hopes

AC Milan 2 – Lecce 0 (Serie A, April 5, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) It took until injury time for Milan to break down the Lecce defence. Senderos headed home the first, deflecting off Ronaldinho and in. Inzaghi scored the second from a Shevchenko cross after a lovely back heel from Dinho.

Udinese 0 – Inter Milan 1 (Serie A, April 5, 2009) Inter played well below par, but nevertheless Mourinho’s side ran out winners in a pivotal week in the title race thanks to Mauricio Isla’s unfortunate late own goal after Patrick Vieira ran through.

Juventus 3 – Chievo 3 (Serie A, April 5, 2009) Despite Juve have the better of the opening it was Chievo who struck first in Turin, Sergio Pellissier skipping past Buffon and scoring from a tight angle. The Old Lady soon levelled, Giorgio Chiellini (playing in a facial mask) crashed home a beauty that went in off the underside of the bar. The Flying Donkeys continued to press and they were rewarded with a second just before the break when Sergio Pellissier bagged his brace. Juve rallied after the break, the visitors failing to pick up Camoranesi at the back post and his header was turned into the net by Santiago Morero. Juve then pressed for the winner, Trezegeut missing a sackful of chance, before Giovinci set up Vincenzo Iaquinta to head in the third with 10 minutes remaining. But with the game moving into injury time Chievo and Sergio Pellissier achieved the incredible, completing his hat-trick and earning a point for the relegation-threatened visitors.

Roma 2- Bologna 1 (Serie A, April 5, 2009) Francesco Totti slotted home a 12th minute penalty to give Roma the lead at home to Bologna. The visitors equalised midway through the half, Massimo Marazzina heading home unchallenged from a corner. The second half started much the same way as the first, Francesco Totti restoring Roma’s lead from the spot.

Palermo 1 – Torino 0 (Serie A, April 5, 2009) After a goalless first half in Sicily, Palermo pulled ahead of Torino through Edison Cavani’s header into the near post after 50 minutes.

Atalanta 1 – Fiorentina 2 (Serie A, April 5, 2009) The early kick-off in Italy between Atalanta and Fiorentina bore no goals in the first half. The hosts seized control thanks to a scrappy Gianvito Plasmati opener 50 minutes in, his shot taking a massive deflection en route to goal. The lead didn’t last long, Federico Peluso gave away a penalty and was sent off in the process leaving Stevan Jovetic to draw the Viola level. Alberto Gilardino proved the match-winner for the visitors with netting in the 89th minute. (Both Fiorentina goals can be seen here.)

Reggina 0 – Genoa 1 (Serie A, April 5, 2009) Rock-bottom Reggina are four-point adrift of second-bottom Lecce after Thiago Motta sunk the host with the only goal 15 minutes from time to keep Genoa in the Champions League hunt.

Cagliari 1 – Catania 0 (Serie A, April 5, 2009) A tight match was settled by Alessandro Matri’s winner 10 minutes from time.

Siena 2 – Lazio 0 (Serie A, April 5, 2009) Emanuele Calaio scored the opener in the 25th minute before Massimo Maccarone put the game beyond Lazio’s reach with five minutes remaining.

Sampdoria 2 – Napoli 2 (Serie A, April 5, 2009) Angelo Palombo twice put Samp ahead in the match but Marcelo Zalayeta cancelled out the first just before half-time and then German Denis pounced in the 90th minute to nick a point for the visitors.