15 ottobre 2006

Serie A recap

Internazionale moves to top of Serie A

By Jon Fisher Special to PA SportsTicker

MILAN, Italy (Ticker) - Internazionale moved to the top of the Serie A table after Dejan Stankovic's brace helped them come from behind to beat Catania 2-1 at the San Siro on Sunday.

The reigning champions had a scare after falling behind to Giuseppe Mascara's strike. Stankovic equalised and then netted again 15 minutes from time, saving the blushes of Julio Cruz, who had earlier missed a penalty.

Roma dropped down to second in the standings after they lost 1-0 to lowly Reggina at the Stadio Oreste Granillo.

Nicola Amoruso was the hero for the home side, striking a beautiful second-half volley to give his team three vital points in their fight for survival.

Palermo missed the chance to become outright league leaders after they were beaten 3-2 by Atlanta in a five-goal thriller at the Stadio Renzo Barbera. Cristiano Doni had put Atalanta ahead before Mark Bresciano levelled for the home side.

Claudio Rivalta again gave the visitors the lead before Eugenio Corini's penalty drew Palermo level for the second time. But Fernando Tissone's second-half strike secured victory for Atalanta.

Ten-man Udinese moved up to fourth after their 3-0 win condemned Parma to their fifth consecutive league defeat at the Ennio Tardini.

Sulley Muntari gave the visitors the lead inside the opening 10 minutes, before Vincenzo Iaquinta doubled their advantage from the penalty spot minutes later. The Italy striker then grabbed his second of the game midway through the second-half to wrap up the three points.

Goalscorer Muntari was later sent off for the away side after lashing out at Vincenzo Grella.

At the wrong end of the table, second-half goals by Adrian Mutu and Luca Toni secured a hard-fought 2-1 victory for Fiorentina over Empoli.

Cagliari goalkeeper Antonio Chimenti saved a first-half Massimo Oddo penalty as the Sardinians held Lazio to a goalless draw at the Stadio Olimpico.

Joe Bizera and Daniele Conti were both sent off for Cagliari towards the end of the highly-charged clash, with Oddo also seeing red for Lazio.

Torino claimed their first win of the season with a narrow 1-0 victory over fellow strugglers Chievo in a tight match at the Stadio delle Alpi, Roberto Stellone netting the only goal of the game three minutes after the break.

Ten-man Livorno secured their third victory of the campaign with a classy 2-0 win at Ascoli.

Tomas Danilevicius opened the scoring midway though the first-half, before Antonio Filippini's goal on the hour mark doubled his team's lead. Giovanni Pasquale was later sent off for the visitors.

On Saturday, AC Milan drew their third consecutive game as they came from behind to claim a point against Sampdoria.

Emiliano Bonazzoli put the home side ahead after 68 minutes, but Kaka earned Carlo Ancelotti's side a 1-1 draw five minutes from time.

In Siena, three men were sent off as the hosts scored twice in injury-time to complete a dramatic late comeback and see off high-flying Messina 3-1.

Abdoulay Konko equalised Cristian Rigano's 20th-minute penalty opener, before Siena's Vincent Candela joined Messina duo Carmine Coppola and Nicolas Cordova in the dressing room for seeing red.

Nevertheless, substitutes Mario Frick and Francesco Cozza popped up late on to give the game a thrilling finale.

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