Serie A Results: Analysis for Lazio vs. Napoli and All the Weekend's Matches

Michael Cummings@MikeCummings37World Football Lead WriterNovember 30, 2013

Serie A Results: Analysis for Lazio vs. Napoli and All the Weekend's Matches

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    The Serie A weekend kicked off with two matches on Saturday, with six more set to follow on Sunday.

    The weekend concludes Monday with two more matches, including Napoli's trip to Lazio.

    In the following slides, we take a closer look at all the weekend's matches in Italy's top flight.

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Lazio 2-4 Napoli

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    Former Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain scored twice to help Napoli to a 4-2 win at Lazio which saw Rafael Benitez's team close the gap on second-placed Roma to three points.

    Goran Pandev was also on target against his former club, while Jose Callejon sealed the points in injury time.

    But Napoli did not have things all their own way, and a Behrami own goal had levelled the score at 1-1 following Higuain's opener.

    And with the score at 3-1, Keita Balde Diao pulled a goal back for Lazio before Callejon settled the match.

    The win ended a run of two successive defeats for Napoli, but the Rome club saw their winless sequence to five league games as they slipped below AC Milan into ninth place on goal difference.

    Higuain opened the scoring for Napoli in the 24th minute when he was found by Gokhan Inler's ball.

    The former Real Madrid striker still had plenty to do, though, and he slipped the attentions of his defensive marker before slotting the ball home.

    The Rome side were in no mood to allow Rafael Benitez's team to build on that lead, however, and were on levels terms just a minute later.

    Hernanes' diagonal ball fell perfectly for Antonio Candreva, whose cross back into the area was inadvertently turned into his own net by Behrami.

    Five minutes after the interval, Napoli were back in front. A free-kick found Higuain on the left edge of the Lazio area and the forward was gifted plenty of time to find the cross.

    His ball to the far post was nodded down by Christian Maggio to the feet of Pandev, and his swivel shot flew beyond Federico Marchetti.

    In the 72nd minute, the Napoli goalscorers combined with Pandev threading a great ball through to Higuain just inside the area.

    There was only going to be one outcome and the striker netted his seventh goal of the season for Benitez's side.

    However, Lazio refused to give up and, in the 88th minute, 18-year-old Keita showed great control to move across the edge of the area before finishing well with his right foot.

    Napoli, though, sealed the three points in the first minute of injury time. Substitute Dries Mertens expertly reclaimed the ball in a tackle just inside the Lazio area, and played a great pass through to Callejon.

    The former Real Madrid man raced in on goal and slid home the fourth of the game for the Naples club.

Fiorentina 4-3 Verona

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    Fiorentina moved level on points with fourth-placed Inter Milan, but were made to work hard for the three points by 10-man Verona in a thrilling 4-3 victory.

    Viola stand-in captain Borja Valero gave his side a fifth-minute lead, but the visitors equalised just a minute later through Romulo after goalkeeper Neto parried a Juan Iturbe shot into the path of the Verona player.

    Verona then took the lead 10 minutes later when a thumping Iturbe drive flew beyond Neto after a great ball from Luca Toni.

    Less than 60 seconds later, Fiorentina restored parity when Valero's drive flew through the fingers of Verona goalkeeper Rafael.

    Fiorentina took a 3-2 lead into the interval when Juan Vargas found the net after good play by Matias Vecino, who was making his first Serie A start.

    Verona were dealt a blow early in the second period when Bosko Jankovic was dismissed for deliberate handball inside the area, and Giuseppe Rossi made it 4-2 from the penalty spot.

    But the points remained far from safe for the home team, and Toni ensured a nervy final 18 minutes when his shot was pushed into the path of Jorginho by Fiorentina goalkeeper Neto to make it 4-3.

    However, Fiorentina held on in the end to open up a five-point gap on sixth-placed Verona in the table.

Inter Milan 1-1 Sampdoria

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    Inter Milan missed out on the chance to climb into the Champions League places after being pegged back late on by Sampdoria on Sunday.

    It all looked good for Inter when Fredy Guarin collected a cross from Ricky Alvarez and fired home from close range.

    However, Samp kept probing and were rewarded a minute from time when Renan flashed home a brilliant left-foot drive from 25 yards.

Atalanta 1-1 Roma

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    After winning their first 10 games, Roma have stuttered and they had to settle for a fourth draw on the spin at Atalanta on Sunday.

    Davide Brivio gave Atalanta the lead on 51 minutes with a low free-kick that took a horrible bobble in front of keeper Morgan De Sanctis and bounced into the net.

    Kevin Strootman rescued a point for Roma when stabbing home a cross from Adem Llajic.

Catania 1-3 AC Milan

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    Mario Balotelli was among the scorers as AC Milan claimed a 3-1 win at Catania on Sunday.

    The forward has had an up and down campaign, but he delivered with a header in the win.

    Milan had to come from behind as Lucas Castro gave Catania an early lead.

    A sweet volley from Riccardo Montolivo drew Milan level on 19 minutes.

    Balotelli nodded Milan in front shortly after the hour, and Kaka sealed the win on 81 minutes.

Cagliari 2-2 Sassuolo

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    Nene and Marco Sau scored late goals to secure an unlikely draw for Cagliari, 2-2 at home to Sassuolo on Sunday.

    Sassuolo had led 2-0 through Lino Marzoratti (14') and Simone Zaza (19'). 

    It was the first-ever top-flight meeting between the teams following Sassuolo's promotion to Serie A after winning Serie B last season.

    Cagliari are 14th on 15 points. Sassuolo are 15th with 14 points.


    Shots: 16-12

    On target: 7-4

    Passing: 87%-71%

    Possession: 69%-31%

Chievo Verona 3-0 Livorno

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    Cyril Thereau put in an impressive display as Chievo Verona defeated Livorno 3-0 at home on Sunday to climb out of the relegation places.

    Thereau scored Chievo's second and aided in the build-up of the third, which was converted by Alberto Paloschi. Chievo won for the second straight week, following a victory over rivals Hellas last time out.

    Luca Rigoni put Chievo ahead in the 36th minute with a low shot from the edge of the box. Thereau doubled the lead in the 56th minute and hit the bar moments later. Paloschi then sealed the points in the 79th minute, turning in the rebound after Thereau's initial shot was saved.

    Chievo, unbeaten in four league matches, climbed to 16th place with 12 points. Livorno, who also have 12 points, are in the relegation zone in 18th place on goal differential.


    Shots: 19-14

    On target: 6-4

    Passing: 83%-77%

    Possession: 59%-41%

Juventus 0-0 Udinese

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    Fernando Llorente bagged a late winner as Juventus moved three points clear of Roma atop the table with a 1-0 victory at home to Udinese on Sunday.

    The Bianconeri top the table with 37 points, three ahead of Roma, who have drawn their last four matches. Udinese are 13th with 16 points.

    Juve were frustrated for more than 90 minutes, but the champions found the winner in the first minute of stoppage time. Claudio Marchisio curled in a cross from the left and Llorente headed down to Stephan Lichtsteiner, who played the ball back across the goal

    Llorente had little time to react, but his header beat Zeljko Brkic for the winning goal.

    Juventus have won six straight league matches by a combined 13-0 scoreline since losing 4-2 at Fiorentina in October.


    Shots: 27-9

    On target: 5-4

    Passing: 82%-72%

    Possession: 62%-38%

Parma 1-1 Bologna

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    Antonio Cassano's 100th Serie A goal was enough for Parma to draw 1-1 at home to Bologna on Saturday.

    The hosts fell behind in the 10th minute to Panagiotis Kone's goal, but Cassano equalised 13 minutes later with a classy volleyed finish.

    Bologna played most of the second half with 10 men after defender Frederik Sorensen was sent off in the 53rd minute for his second bookable offence. 

    Parma dominated possession and outshot Bologna 18-7, but the hosts were unable to find the winner with their numerical advantage.

    With the draw, Parma are ninth with 17 points. Bologna are 17th with 12 points.


    Shots: 18-7

    On target: 8-4

    Passing: 85%-69%

    Possession: 70%-30%

Genoa 1-1 Torino

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    Genoa and Torino played to a 1-1 draw Saturday at Genoa's Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

    Omar El Kaddouri opened the scoring for the visitors in the seventh minute, but Davide Biondini equalised for Genoa in the 69th minute.

    Genoa remained in seventh place, with 19 points. Torino moved up to 10th, with 16 points.


    Shots: 16-21

    On target: 7-10

    Passing: 89%-71%

    Possession: 59%-41%