Pazzini’s dream Inter debut downs Palermo; Cavani hat-trick leads Scudetto hopefuls Napoli; Cagliari & Genoa in home wins

Inter Milan 3 – Palermo 2 (Serie A, January 30, 2011) Palermo opened the scoring after just five minutes against Inter, David Santon was taken out the match at left back before a cross found Fabrizio Miccoli who converted from close range. It got better for the Sicilians ten minutes from the break when more poor Inter defending resulted with Antonio Nocerino crashing in the second for the visitors. After joining from Sampdoria just yesterday, newbee Giampaolo Pazzini made himself an instant Inter hero halving the deficit with a clinical strike in the 57th minute. Giampaolo Pazzini’s debut got even better in the 72nd minute as the striker showed his hunger meeting a Maicon cross first and thumping a header into the near post. Pazzini’s dream debut continued in the 75th minute when he was hauled down for a penalty which allowed Samuel Eto’o to score and complete an outstanding comeback by the reigning champs.

Individual highlights: Giampaolo Pazzini.

Napoli 4 – Sampdoria 0 (Serie A, January 30, 2011) Napoli scored first in their match with Sampdoria as Argentine player Lavezzi released arguably the striker of the season Edinson Cavani, and the Uruguayan hitman made no mistake in front of goal. Napoli extended their lead on the stroke of halftime as Edinson Cavani netted his second from the penalty spot. Brilliant Napoli increased their lead through Marek Hamsik’s neat shuffle and strike early in the second half, and in the 56th minute Napoli were 4-up as Hamsik played in Edinson Cavani to claim yet another hat-trick in an unbelievable season for the centre-forward.

Cagliari 2 – Bari 1 (Serie A, January 30, 2011) Cagliari came out the traps all-gin-blazing as Alessandro Matri opened after eight minutes and then Matri headed in a second four minutes later. But Bari halved the deficit in the 14th minute when a tame Stefano Okaka shot embarrassed the home goalie and squirmed into the net.

Genoa 3 – Parma 1 (Serie A, January 30, 2011) A first half Rodrigo Palacio penalty gave Genoa the lead over Parma. Hernan Crespo equalised for Parma soon after, but an own goal from Gabriel Paletta and a rare strike from centre-half Kakha Kaladze earned Genoa the points.

Lecce 1 – Cesena 1 (Serie A, January 30, 2011) In a battle of strugglers at the Via del Mare stadium, Lecce were within seconds of claiming three valuable points in their fight against relegation after benefiting from an 11th-minute goal by Daniele Corvia. The visitors should have pulled level with nine minutes remaining but Igor Budan saw his penalty saved by Lecce goalkeeper Antonio Rosati, but it was left to Bogdani to end their three-game losing streak with an injury-time winning header.

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Bologna – Roma (Match Suspended) (Serie A, January 30, 2011) Under a blanket of snow, the referee was forced to withdraw the players off the pitch as the match in Bologna was suspended.

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