Inter Milan loses to Napoli; Kaka scores two penalties to help Milan beat Palermo

Napoli 1 – Inter Milan 0 (Serie A, April 26, 2009) Marcelo Zalayeta ended a sequence of 500 goalless minutes for Napoli by drilling home the opener in the 73rd minute.

AC Milan 3 – Palermo 0 (Serie A, April 26, 2009) After Massimo Ambrosini was fouled in the box, Kaka converted from the spot to put Milan ahead against Palermo. The Rossoneri quickly chalked up a second, Ambrosini crossing for Super Pippo to head home number two. Palermo’s task became that much more difficult after Bovo picked up a second yellow seconds into the second half. And after an intense period of pressure Kaka was pushed over to win a second penalty which the Brazilian duly converted.

Reggina 2 – Juventus 2 (Serie A, April 26, 2009) Juve fell behind to an Antonino Barilla header at rock-bottom side Reggina. The Old Lady levelled at the start of the second half, Iaquinta was tripped in the box and Alex Del Piero scored from the spot. Back came Reggina with an incredible goal from Emil Hallfredsson, the Icelandic international whacking a 30-yard left-footed ripper into the top corner. But Juve would not be shaken off and three minutes later Cristiano Zanetti met a Zlatan header in the box the level the game once more. (Both Juventus goals can be seen in high quality here.)

Bologna 2 – Genoa 0 (Serie A, April 26, 2009) Bologna, coming into their match with Genoa off a run of five defeats, took a 13th minute lead thanks to a Marco Di Vaio penalty. Ten minutes later it was two as Claudio Terzi turned home a free-kick after arriving unmarked at the back post.

Sampdoria 3 – Cagliari 3 (Serie A, April 26, 2009) Samp took the lead against Cagliari midway through the first half when Cassano worked the space on the right-hand side, swung over a cross to the back post and Guido Marilungo climbed high to head home. Guido Marilungo grabbed a second header before the break, but the visitors rallied after the break as Alessandro Matri instantly cut the deficit in half. It got better for Cagliari, Robert Acquafresca drew the match all-square from the spot and ten minutes from time Daniele Conti headed the visitors in front for the first time. But the fairytale comeback was dashed by Antonio Cassano’s 86th minute volley.

Lazio 0 – Atalanta 1 (Serie A, April 26, 2009) Lazio slipped behind at home to Atalanta after Leonardo Talamonti headed home a cross in the 24th minute.

Torino 1 – Siena 0 (Serie A, April 26, 2009) Torino are precariously perched just one point above the drop zone, but will take heart from a win over Siena secured by Rolando Bianchi’s solitary strike after 10 minutes.

Lecce  2 – Catania 1 (Serie A, April 26, 2009) Gianni Munari (10) and Simone Tiribocchi (25) saw the hosts make a flying start in their pursuit of priceless points against relegation. Lecce did allow Fabio Sciacca to pull one back seconds after the restart, but Catania were unable to find an equaliser and saw their goalscorer dismissed in stoppage time after collecting a second yellow card.