Serie A Week 9 In Brief

Roma Fans

A concise round-up of Serie A's Week 9 as Roma continued their winning ways, Parma upset AC Milan and Arsenal target Juan Cuadrado shone.

It was an eventful weekend in Serie A with Roma digging deep to see off Udinese and Parma clinching a five-goal thriller over AC Milan at the death.

PARMA 3-2 AC MILAN

Parma shocked AC Milan in a thrilling end-to-end encounter. The Rossoneri fought back from 2-0 down with two goals in two second-half minutes before a 30-yard free-kick from Marco Parolo in the dying seconds sealed the points for Parma.

INTER 4-2 VERONA

Inter were cruising to victory at both 2-0 and 4-1 up but a gutsy Verona side led from the front by veteran Luca Toni never gave up, battling back to 4-2 and having what looked to be a good goal disallowed which would've made it 4-3. Ishak Belfodil and Vangelis Moras were sent off for a scuffle at the final whistle.

UDINESE 0-1 ROMA

Roma continue to lead the way in Serie A after their ninth straight victory but they were made to work very hard by Udinese. The Giallorossi had to play with 10 men for nearly half an hour after Maicon was sent off for a second yellow card. Luis Muriel thumped the post for Udinese and Roma's Leandro Castan pulled off an acrobatic goal-line clearance. It needed an 82nd minute strike from Michael Bradley to win it.  

NAPOLI 2-0 TORINO

Napoli dominated Torino but both goals were debatable penalties converted by Gonzalo Higuain. The referee made certain he won't be on Torino's Christmas card list by showing Migjen Basha a straight red card for a clumsy tackle on Goran Pandev.

BOLOGNA 1-0 LIVORNO

Bologna got their first win of the season thanks to an early diving header from Jose Angel Crespo in what already looks like a relegation six-pointer.

CATANIA 0-0 SASSUOLO

Gigi De Canio began his Catania reign with a goalless draw in which the hosts were denied on several occasions by Sassuolo 'keeper Gianluca Pegolo.

CHIEVO 1-2 FIORENTINA

Reported Arsenal target Juan Cuadrado scored a brace to see off a determined Chievo side. It was nearly a post-Juventus hangover for the Viola who went behind to a Bostjan Cesar goal and could've been 2-0 down Cyril Thereau not headed over from close range. Cuadrado showed his class with two neat finishes.

JUVENTUS 2-0 GENOA

Juventus were hardly tested by Genoa. Arturo Vidal tucked away a penalty given despite the foul on Kwadwo Asamoah being outside the box. Carlos Tevez doubled the lead with an angled strike.

LAZIO 2-0 CAGLIARI

Lazio eased the pressure on coach Vladimir Petkovic at least for another week. Miroslav Klose came off the bench to change the game after a frustrating first half. The German opened the scoring and then earned a penalty when his cutback was stopped with a hand. Antonio Candreva converted the spot-kick.

SAMPDORIA 1-0 ATALANTA

Sampdoria were booed by the home fans for much of the match but secured a crucial win to move away from the relegation mire. The goal was chaotic - Atalanta's Luca Cigarini attempted to use his hand to stop Shkodran Mustafi's header on the line, he failed but was initially shown a red card before the referee's assistant pointed out that the ball had crossed the line, so Cigarini stayed on and the only goal of the game was given.

images: © Damien Cansse, © mmmchoco

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch