giovedì 26 settembre 2013

Serie A's fourth round: Roma and Napoli don't stop anymore

Napoli beats a bad Milan at San Siro after 27 years. Roma wins the Derby against Lazio. Inter, Juventus and Fiorentina share second position

The story of this fourth round starts from these frames. While Milan's striker Mario Balotelli is bare-chested and Luca Banti issues him the red card, Napoli's supporters are exulting. The match finished just a second ago. Azzurri - after beating Borussia Dortmund in Champions League - storm San Siro after 27 years (1-2, Britos, Higuaín) and can still and again share the top of the table with Roma. Milan loses the second match of the season. Allegri is afflicted. A furious Super Mario is discussing with the referee after the final whistle. Without a doubt, he is the pleasure and pain of this Milan. He played a personal match against Pepe Reina, scored a wonderful consolation goal only at 91', but at 61' the perfect shooter missed the first penalty in his career. Reina is the first goalkeeper who hypnotized him.

In the afternoon, Roma-Lazio's Derby was more than a football match. Giallorossi won its fourth consecutive match beating Lazio 2-0 (Balzaretti, Ljajić) and could revenge the defeat in Coppa Italia Final of the last May (1-0 for Biancocelesti). Balzaretti burst into tears after scoring the first goal and Ljajić converted a penalty in injury time. Rudi Garcia annotated with a French proverb: "We put the church back in the center of town". Now, Giallorossi can pray with easy conscience.

Fiorentina, Juventus and Inter are in second position with 10 points. Viola - without Gomez and Cuadrado - won an away game against Atalanta (2-0). Pepito Rossi scored his fourth goal. Tevez and Llorente gave Juventus the third victory of the season. If Hellas Verona was a tough not for Bianconeri (2-1), Sassuolo shown all its vulnerability against Inter. Nerazzurri won 7-0 in the lunch-match. Welcome back after seven months to Diego Milito who scored two goals at Mapei Stadium. Now Mazzarri can count on El Principe too.

Catania and Parma got a colorless draw (0-0). Torino won at Bologna (2-1) and reinforce this good first month. It seems that Cerci - Torino's winger - studies Robben's movements and dreams of next Fifa World Cup.

On Saturday, Chievo defeated Udinese (2-1), Genoa-Livorno equalized (0-0), and Cagliari-Sampdoria had a pyrotechnical final with two goals in the add time (2-2).


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