Atalanta bring Inter run to an end, Lazio win the derby
Inter’s seven-game winning streak has been ended by Atalanta, who picked up their fourth win from their last five games with a 3-2 triumph at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia last night.
Giacomo Bonaventura gave Atalanta an early lead which lasted until 11 minutes into the second half when Fredy Guarin equalised.
German Denis restored Atalanta’s lead instantly before adding a third from the penalty spot in the 67th minute.
Rodrigo Palacio brought Inter back into the game in the 84th minute and Atalanta were reduced to 10 men when Facundo Parra was dismissed in stoppage time, but the Bergamo side held on to the points to move up to sixth in the table as Inter stay second four points behind Juventus.
In the afternoon, stuttering Lazio relaunched their Serie A campaign by dominating Roma 3-2 in a rain-lashed Rome derby, as high-flying Fiorentina piled the pressure on Milan and Napoli fought back to beat Genoa 4-2.
But the battle behind the two favourites for this season’s scudetto gathered pace as both Lazio and Napoli made up for recent setbacks.
Roma got the perfect start when midfielder Erik Lamela sneaked in behind Lazio’s defence to head a corner past Federico Marchetti at the back post.
Heavy downpours ensued, making play difficult, but Lazio weathered the storm to get back on level terms in the 35th minute.
Antonio Candreva stepped up for a free-kick and hit a piledriver from 35 yards that rocketed past the defensive wall and beat Mauro Goicoechea in the Roma net.
Miroslav Klose then made amends for a miss moments earlier when he latched on to a pass-shot from Brazilian Hernanes to beat Goicoechea from close range to level.
Roma were stung just before half-time when Daniele de Rossi was given a straight red card for a punch-slap to the face of Stefano Mauri as the pair tussled in the area.
Mauri doubled Roma’s agony when he pounced on a defensive mistake to put Lazio 3-1 up.
Roma fought back and reduced the arrears in spectacular style on 86 minutes when Miralem Pjanic hit a long-range free-kick which beat retreating ‘keeper Marchetti but it proved too little too late.
Napoli, meanwhile, cemented third spot after a valiant fightback from Ciro Immobile’s 23rd-minute opener for Genoa took them to a 4-2 win.
“We have nine more points than at this stage last year,” rejoiced Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri, who revealed his secret for success.
“At half-time I told the boys to believe we could claw it back and in the end we did.”
Fiorentina maintained their purple patch with a deserved 3-1 victory over Milan at the San Siro.
Alberto Aquilani opened the scoring for the visitors and Milan missed a chance to go level when Alexandre Pato sent a penalty over the crossbar after he had been fouled in the box.
Fiorentina doubled their lead on 38 minutes thanks to Borja Valero, and although Giampaolo Pazzini grabbed a consolation goal on the hour Fiorentina prevailed to stay fourth on 24 points as Milan’s sixth defeat of the season leaves the Rossoneri languishing in 13th on 14 points.
Bonaventura 10; Denis 60, 67 pen;
Guardin 56; Palacio 84;
HT: 1-0. Att: 15,000.
Red card: Parra (A) 90.
Andreolli 38; Paloschi 89 pen;
Angella 42, 90;
HT: 1-1. Att: 9,500.
Red card: Danilo (U) 86.
Missed penalty: Luciano (C) 69.
Immobile 23; Bertolacci 56;
Mesto 54; Cavani 79; Hamsik 90; Insigne 90+;
HT: 1-0. Att: 20,000.
Candreva 35; Klose 43; Mauri 47;
Lamela 9; Pjanic 86;
HT: 2-1. Att: 52,000.
Red cards: De Rossi (R) 45; Mauri (L) 85.
Aquilani 10; Valero 38; El Hamdaoui 88;
HT: 0-2. Att: 38,625.
Missed penalty: Pato (M) 34.
Dybala 52, 71;
HT: 0-0. Att: 13,423.
HT: 0-0. Att: 15,000.
8 goals: El Shaarawy (Milan), Cavani (Napoli), Lamela (Roma).
7 goals: Milito (Inter), Klose (Lazio), Di Natale (Udinese).
Saturday: 18.00 Juventus vs Lazio. 20.45 Napoli vs Milan.
Sunday: 15.00 Bologna vs Palermo; Catania vs Chievo; Fiorentina vs Atalanta; Inter vs Cagliari; Siena vs Pescara; Udinese vs Parma. 20.45 Sampdoria vs Genoa.
Monday, Nov. 19: 20.45 Roma vs Torino.
Prima Divisione ‘A’
Como vs Trapani 2-2; Lumezzane vs Cuneo 1-2; Pavia vs Lecce 2-2; Porto-gruaro vs Entella 1-1; SudTirol vs Feralpi-Salo pp; Tritium vs AlbinoLeffe 0-1.
Leading standings: Lecce 26; Entella, Carpi 17; Portogruaro, Trapani, SudTirol 15; Pavia, Como 14.
Prima Divisione ‘B’
Benevento vs Paganese 2-0; Carrarese vs Gubbio pp; Frosinone vs Pisa 1-2; Noce-rina vs Avellino 1-0; Perugia vs Catanzaro 2-4; Prato vs Latina 4-0; Sorrento vs Bar-letta 1-2; Viareggio vs Andria 1-0.
Leading standings: Latina, Pisa, Frosi-none 19; Gubbio 17; Avellino, Viareggio 16; Paganese, Prato 15.