Seedorf stunner brings Milan to a point off Inter (but Beckham’s season is over); Juve & Roma held in 6-goal thrillers; Lazio crisis deepens; Genoa hit five

AC Milan 1 – Chievo 0 (Serie A, March 14, 2010) Milan got back on the winning trail and closed the gap on rivals Inter thanks to Clarence Seedorf’s late late winner, the Dutchman stealing the headlines with an unstoppable arrowed shot that ripped from right into the left hand top corner. The big news to come out the match from an English perspective was the achilles tendon injury to David Beckham that threatens his career and will see him miss the World Cup.

Juventus 3 – Siena 3 (Serie A, March 14, 2010) Juve got off to an incredible start against relegation-threatened Siena, Alex Del Piero finding the net from close ranger after two minutes before Del Piero finished off a fine team move in the 9th minute. Sixty seconds later Antonio Candreva crashed home a brilliant third for the Bianconeri, before Massimo Maccarone pulled Siena back into the match in the 16th minute when he ran past the home defence and slotted his shot into the far corner. After a blistering start to the first half, lightning struck twice at the start of the second as Abdelkader Ghezzal was in the right place to score a rebound and bring Siena firmly back in the match. In the 74th minute Siena tied the match 3-all when Algerian international Abdelkader Ghezzal netted his second of the game from the penalty spot.

Livorno 3 – Roma 3 (Serie A, March 14, 2010) Cristiano Lucarelli opened when he beat the Roma offside trap after nine minutes, only for Simone Perotta to level proceedings straight from the kick off. Luca Toni then headed the visitors into the lead from Perotta’s flick-on, but Livorno hit back as Lucarelli beat the offside trap and keeper Sergio and rolled the ball into the empty net. Livorno again switched off from the restart and were punished when David Pizarro drove past Rubinho from Perrotta’s cut back. It could have been worse for Livorno when Pizarro missed a penalty before the break, but the final word went to Lucarelli when he sent Sergio the wrong way from the spot to earn the Amaranto a thrilling draw.

Lazio 0 – Bari 2 (Serie A, March 14, 2010) Lazio’s Serie A future fell into a deeper crisis after a home defeat to Bari who opened through Sergio Almiron early in the second half. Bari’s second was special as forward Edgar Alvarez picked up the ball on the halfway-line, race 40-yards before rounding the keeper and producing a fine finish from an acute angle.

Udinese 3 – Palermo 2 (Serie A, March 14, 2010) Udinese climbed away from the relegation zone after Antonio Floro Flores scored twice, once in each half, and Kwadwo Asamoah netted the third as the Bianconeri collected all three points in front of their own supporters. Fabio Simplicio and Edinson Cavani were on target for the visitors.

Bologna 1 – Sampdoria 1 (Serie A, March 14, 2010) Samp took the lead in the 86th minute when Reto Ziegler whipped in a cross that Daniele Gastaldello turned in from close range, but in the dying seconds of the game the hosts equalised through Andrea Raggi.

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Genoa 5 – Cagliari 3 (Serie A, March 14, 2010) Daniele Dessena put Cagliari ahead in the 16th minute, but Alberto Zapater equalised from the penalty spot in the 36th minute after the home side had already been denied four times by the woodwork. Rodrigo Palacio put Genoa ahead in the 39th minute, but their joy was short lived as Daniele Conti equalised immediately. Giuseppe Sculli restored Genoa’s advantage and Marco Rossi added a fourth before the break. Alessandro Matri scored the second penalty of the match in the 55th minute to make things interesting, but Omar Milanetto sealed Genoa’s win just four minutes later.

Parma 1 – Atalanta 0 (Serie A, March 14, 2010) Atalanta slipped closer to the Serie A relegation trapdoor as they went down at Parma. Substitute Valeri Bojinov’s goal 19 minutes from time decided the contest, while Atalanta added to their woes just two minutes later as Cristiano Doni was sent off for dissent.

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