The weekend in Italy – Milan drop points in thriller
We are sorry we ever doubted you, Serie A.
Everyone’s been droning on about the boring football offered up this season in Italy, then it returns from the winter break and we see 30 goals.
The biggest scoreline of the round was seen in Milan, where the table-toppers served up a 4-4 draw with Udinese. German Denis thought he had won it in the 89th minute for the Zebrette only for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to pop up in injury time to equalise. Two dropped points for Milan gave the challengers the chance to make up lost ground.
Last year’s champions Inter struggled in new coach Leonardo’s second league game in charge, going behind to Catania, but two goals from Esteban Cambiasso ensured the Nerazzurri got three points.
Juventus responded to their mid-week thrashing at the hands of Parma by getting thrashed again at the hands of Napoli. A hat-trick from Edinson Cavani gave the Southern club a 3-0 win over the Old Lady, taking advantage of a spectacularly leaky back line, putting them in second just four points behind Milan.
Napoli’s win meant they leapfrogged Lazio, who lost 2-1 at home to 18th-placed Lecce, while their capital brothers Roma lost 2-1 to Sampdoria and Palermo drew 0-0 with Chievo, the highlight of which was a beautiful flick to set up what should have been a penalty for Javier Pastore by Josip Ilicic.
Parma 1-2 Cagliari
Cesena 0-0 Genoa
Bari 0-2 Bologna