MILAN - Brief reports from Serie A matches played on Sunday. AS ROMA 1 LAZIO 0 Julio Baptista's flying header from a Francesco Totti cross gave struggling Roma the derby bragging rights. The Brazilian scored five minutes after the restart and moments later Mauro Zarate had fifth-placed Lazio's best chance when Doni tipped his header over the bar. Minor crowd trouble at the Stadio Olimpico and red cards for Cristian Ledesma and Simone Perrotta failed to dampen the derby atmosphere with both teams generally playing hard but fair. AC MILAN 1 CHIEVO VERONA 0 Kaka's penalty after the Brazilian had been tripped put the hosts a point behind leaders Inter. Kaka appeared to be clipped by Simone Bentivoglio just outside the area on television replays. Milan suffered some nervous moments but could have extended their advantage late on. ATALANTA BERGAMO 3 NAPOLI 1 Thomas Manfredini's deflected free kick and Sergio Floccari's injury-time finish handed the spoils to the home side after tensions threatened to boil over in Bergamo. Marek Hamsik's penalty had pulled Napoli level at 1-1 after Manfredini was penalised despite winning the ball in a tackle on Ezequiel Lavezzi. Ferreira Pinto gave the hosts the lead in the second half with Napoli striker Marcelo Zalayeta was sent off for two bookings after the opener. CAGLIARI 1 FIORENTINA 0 Robert Acquafresca dispatched a penalty on the half hour after Alessandro Gamberini was adjudged to have fouled the Cagliari striker. Fiorentina's in-form goalkeeper Sebastien Frey had made a superb save from Jeda early on. CATANIA 3 TORINO 2 Giuseppe Mascara bagged a hat-trick to seal a topsy-turvy game for the hosts. The striker, who earlier curled in a free kick to make it 2-1, scored from close range after Nicola Amoruso's penalty following a foul on Riccardo Colombo had brought Torino level. Colombo had prodded in at the far post to give Torino a sixth-minute lead but the Sicilians struck back almost immediately when Mascara tapped in from a pullback by Michele Paolucci, who later missed a good chance. SAMPDORIA 3 LECCE 2 Gennaro Delvecchio headed in unmarked to put the hosts in front on 11 minutes before Antonio Cassano bent in a superb goal from 20 metres. Striker Simone Tiribocchi gave Lecce hope when he nodded in 10 minutes into the second half but Marius Stankevicius extended Samp's lead with a looping header before Tiribocchi was allowed to score a second after blocking the ball with his hand in the box. SIENA 1 BOLOGNA 1 Home striker Abdel Kader Ghezzal's bullet header from a free kick sparked the game into life and Bologna equalised on halftime through Marco Di Vaio after they were awarded a dubious penalty. Emanuele Calaio sent another debatable penalty wide for Siena in the second half. UDINESE 0 REGGINA 1 Franco Brienza volleyed in a dropping ball to drag Reggina off the bottom with a deserved win. Reggina, beaten on penalties by the hosts in the Italian Cup in midweek, had much the better of the game and could have won more easily. Udinese forward Simone Pepe had a goal ruled out for offside but the hosts put in one of their worst performances of a so far impressive season. Played on Saturday: PALERMO 0 INTER MILAN 2 The champions made sure they would finish the weekend on top thanks to a superb brace from Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Jose Mourinho picked a defensive lineup and relied on the inspirational Swede to seal victory. First he netted off the post with a swerving 20-metre shot just after halftime and he then blasted in a free kick on 62 minutes. Played on Thursday: JUVENTUS 4 GENOA 1 Juve's seventh straight win in all competitions began with Czech defender Zdenek Grygera charging into the box and scoring from a tight angle in the sixth minute. Striker Amauri powered in a header 20 minutes later before substitute Vincenzo Iaquinta made it 3-0 with a cool finish in the 85th. Diego Milito pulled one back with a penalty only for Sokratis Papastathopoulos to divert a cross into his own net. The match was brought forward to Thursday because Italy's rugby team played Argentina at Turin's Stadio Olimpico on Saturday.
16 November 2008
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