Serie A Results: Analysis for Hellas vs. Chievo, and All the Weekend's Matches

BR-UK StaffFeatured Columnist IVNovember 23, 2013

Serie A Results: Analysis for Hellas vs. Chievo, and All the Weekend's Matches

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    Following an international break, the 2013-14 Serie A season continued with a full schedule of matches the weekend of Nov. 23-25.

    Three matches were on the slate for Saturday, with six more following on a busy Sunday. Leaders Roma were set to host Cagliari on Monday in the weekend's final match.

    In the following slides, we take a closer look at all the matches.

     

    Stats via WhoScored.com.

Roma 0-0 Cagliari

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    Vlada Avramov denied Roma the chance to return to the top of the Serie A table with a string of fine saves to earn Cagliari a point in a 0-0 draw in the capital.

    The Serbian stopped efforts from Gervinho and Maicon in the first half, while Miralem Pjanic also missed an excellent chance.

    Victor Ibarbo almost grabbed an opener for the Sardinian club, but Morgan De Sanctis produced a superb one-handed stop to denuy the forward.

    Gervinho also struck the post for Roma in the first period before Avramov saved well again from a Alessandro Florenzi half-volley.

    In the second half, Avramov produced the save of the game when he tipped over a long-range Maicon drive, which was heading for the top corner of the net.

     

    Shots: 19-8

    On Target: 5-2

    Passing: 87%-69%

    Possession: 66%-34%

Livorno 0-2 Juventus

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    Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez were on target in the second half at Livorno to send Juventus back to the top of the table.

    The resilient hosts had held out manfully for an hour of the game before Spain international Llorente volleyed home a Paul Pogba cross in the 63rd minute.

    Then, in the 75th minute, former Manchester City striker Tevez drilled home the second for Antonio Conte's side to seal the victory.

    The clean sheet Juve represented their fifth successive match without conceding in Serie A.

     

    Shots: 9-21

    On Target: 1-6

    Passing: 76%-89%

    Possession: 30%-70%

Bologna 1-1 Inter

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    Inter dominated Sunday evening's match with Bologna but were forced to settle for a draw, as the visitors were unable to build on Jonathan's 51st minute equaliser to find a winner.

    Panagiotis Kone got an early opener for Bologna, handing them the lead after just 12 minutes. But the home side were then pegged back for almost the entirety of the rest of the contest, holding firm until Jonathan turned home from Freddy Guarin's assist.

    The result means Inter remain fourth in the table, two points behind Napoli. Bologna, however, climb out of the relegation zone with the point.

Sampdoria 1-1 Lazio

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    New Sampdoria head coach Sinisa Mihajlovic was denied a winning start by the last kick of the game against Lazio.

    The home side had Nenad Krsticic dismissed seconds into the second half, but still managed to take the lead through Roberto Soriano.

    However, the resilience of Sampdoria's 10 men finally broke in the fourth minute of injury time when Lorik Cana claimed a point for the Rome club.

     

    Shots: 10-12

    On Target: 5-2

    Passing: 73%-80%

    Possession: 43%-57%

Torino 4-1 Catania

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    Omar El Kaddouri scored twice as Torino enjoyed a comfortable 4-1 win over Serie A strugglers Catania.

    Ciro Immobile opened the scoring when he coolly slotted the ball beyond Catania goalkeeper Mariano Andujar in the first period.

    El Kaddouri opened his account with a strike just before the interval, but Sebastian Leto pulled a goal back for the visitors moments into the second period.

    However, further strikes from Emiliano Moretti and El Kaddouri ensured the points remained with Torino.

     

    Shots: 22-15

    On Target: 7-5

    Passing: 79%-82%

    Possession: 47%-53%

Udinese 1-0 Fiorentina

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    Thomas Heurtaux scored the only goal of the game as Udinese stunned in-form Fiorentina at Stadio Friuli.

    La Viola had been looking for their fifth successive win in the league, but were left empty-handed when Robert Pereyra headed on an Antonio Di Natale free-kick for Herteaux to force the ball home at the back post before the end of the first half.

    Fiorentina had dominated the game up until that point, but the goal galvanised Udinese for the second period and Di Natale twice went close to adding a second goal.

     

    Shots: 22-15

    On Target: 11-5

    Passing: 73%-83%

    Possession: 39%-61%

Sassuolo 2-0 Atalanta

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    Simone Zaza and Domenico Berardi scored in the second period to earn 10-man Sassuolo a fully merited 2-0 home win over Atalanta.

    Zaza gave the hosts a 63rd-minute when he pounced on a free ball after Atalanta goalkeeper Andrea Consigli from a Berardi free-kick.

    Berardi doubled Sassuolo's advantage in the 67th minute when he latched on to a through ball from Luca Marrone to drill past Consigli.

    In the 76th minute, the home side were reduced to 10 men when striker Luca Antei was dismissed for a second yellow card after a foul on Maxi Moralez.

     

    Shots: 17-13

    On Target: 6-4

    Passing: 75%-81%

    Possession: 44%-56%

Hellas 0-1 Chievo

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    Chievo won the first Verona derby of the season, beating Hellas Verona 1-0 away on Saturday.

    It was the first Verona derby in 11 years. Hellas were promoted ahead of the 2013-14 Serie A season after finishing second in Serie B last term.

    The hosts came into the match with a 100 percent home record in the league this season, but Dejan Lazarevic struck in the second minute of second-half stoppage time to give Chievo the victory. 

    The win was Chievo's second of the season and first since Sept. 21, at home to Udinese. Chievo remained rooted to the foot of the table but moved level with Catania and Sampdoria.

    Hellas, who did not register a single shot on target, remained sixth with 22 points.

     

    Shots: 6-12

    On target: 0-3

    Passing: 83%-78%

    Possession: 57%-43%

Napoli 0-1 Parma

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    Antonio Cassano scored the second-half winner as Parma beat Napoli 1-0 on Saturday at the Stadio San Paolo.

    It was the first home loss of the season for the Partenopei, who missed a chance to move within one point of leaders AS Roma.

    Napoli dominated possession, but the visitors went ahead in the 81st minute following a quick break. Afriyie Acquah picked out Cassano, and Cassano finished with a low shot from the right side. 

    Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain had headed into the Parma net in the 73rd minute following a corner, but his goal was correctly ruled out for offside. Eight minutes later, Cassano stunned the hosts with the winner.

    Napoli's players were flagged for offside four times.

    With the win, Parma moved up to 10th. Napoli remained third, four points behind Roma.

     

    Shots: 10-12

    On target: 4-4

    Passing: 88%-76%

    Possession: 64%-36%

AC Milan 1-1 Genoa

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    Kaka scored early, and Mario Balotelli missed a penalty as AC Milan drew 1-1 at home to Genoa on Saturday. 

    Alberto Gilardino converted a penalty for Genoa, who had a man sent off late in the first half.

    Kaka put Milan ahead in the fourth minute, pulling down Nigel De Jong's long ball with a soft touch in the Genoa box before finishing low past Mattia Perin. 

    Gilardino equalised four minutes later from the penalty spot. It was Genoa's only shot on target.

    Balotelli, whose penalty record had previously been exceptionally strong, saw his spot-kick saved by Perin. Genoa's Thomas Manfredini conceded the penalty with a foul on Balotelli and was sent off for the infraction.

    Milan continued pressing for the victory, peppering Genoa's goal with 35 shots (10 on target), but the Rossoneri could not find a way through Perin. 

    Following the draw, Milan are 11th with 14 points. Genoa are 13th, four points ahead.

     

    Shots: 35-2

    On target: 10-1

    Passing: 89%-72%

    Possession: 68%-32%