Italian Football League Weekend In Review

On Saturday, defending champions defeated Atalanta 2-1 with goals from their reserve strikers David Suazo and Julio Cruz. Atalanta replied with a stunning shot by Sergio Floccari, who hit a right foot volley from about 20 yards out that beat Inter goalkeeper Julio Cesar all ends up.

Earlier in the day, title rivals Roma had defeated a spirited Genoa side in Genoa by a last-minute header from Christian Panucci.

It was a good week for the veteran Roma defender as it was his late header that put paid to Scotland at Hampden Park and sent Italy to Euro 2008. On Sunday AC Milan struggled to overcome a very spirited Cagliari side by coming from behind to win 2-1 with an Andrea Pirlo special free kick that Cagliari goalkeeper should have done better with.

Milan went behind within minutes of the start of the game and they laboured throughout as Kaka their main playmaker seemed to be suffering the effects of having travelled to and fro within Italy and Brazil and playing 2 world cup qualifiers for his country.

The rest of the team seemed to be feeling their age as Cafu(37), Nesta(32), Maldini(39) and Serginho(36) cannot be expected to play too many games of high intensity. It was great to see Ronaldo make his first appearance of the season and he looked slimmer than he normally does.

Fiorentina wasted the chance to keep up with the title race by drawing 0-0 at lowly Reggina in a very dull game.

The only noteworthy thing to report was that Fiorentina manager; Cesare Prandelli had to return back home from the airport to be with his sick wife, who sadly died this morning.

Our thoughts are with Cesar Prandelli and his family in this difficult period.

Empoli and Torino played out a 0-0 draw as well.

Lazio, playing for the first time since that death of 1 of their fans, Gabriele Sandri was shot to death by a stray bullet from a policeman; defeated Parma 1-0 with a late goal from Fabio Firmani. The fans showed their dissatisfaction of what they deemed to be the government and Italian FA showing preference by not postponing matches like they did when a policeman was accidentally killed last year at Catania, by attending the match 20 minutes after it had started.

Udinese continued their impressive start to the season by defeating Siena 2-0 with goals from Italy internationals, Fabio Quagliarella and Antonio Di Natale.

There were also victories for Napoli; 2-0 over Catania and Livorno won at home for the 1st time this season with a 3-1 win over Sampdoria. In the evening game, Juventus thumped Palermo 5-0 with club captain Alessandro Del Piero coming off the bench to inspire his side with 2 goals and an assist for Marco Marchionni.

Juventus were already 2-0 up by the time he came on with goals from David Trezeguet and Vincenzo Iaquinta. This was too much for impatient President Maurizio Zamparini as he sacked manager Stefano Colantuono and replaced him with Francesco Guidolin, who is taking charge of Palermo for the third time.

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