Serie A Results: Analysis for Roma vs. Fiorentina, and All the Matches
The 2013-14 Serie A season continued with a full schedule of games the weekend of Dec. 6-8.
Bologna hosted Juventus on Friday evening in the weekend's opening match. Two games took place on Saturday, and Sunday featured seven matches, including Fiorentina's trip to the Stadio Olimpico to face Roma.
In the following slides, we take a closer look at each game.
Stats via WhoScored.com. Click here for the league table.
Inter Milan 3-3 Parma
Inter Milan and Parma served up a six-goal thriller in a 3-3 draw in the late game on Sunday.
The game seesawed throughout but fingers will be pointed the way of Inter keeper Samir Handanovic.
Nicola Sansone fired Parma ahead with a neat finish, only for the goal to be cancelled out by Rodrigo Palacio.
However, on the stroke of half-time,Handanovic somehow allowed the ball to slip through his grasp and Marco Parolo was on hand to stab home.
Two goals in as many minutes from Palacio and Fredy Guarin put Inter in front, but Sansone netted his second of the match shortly before the hour mark to earn a point for Parma.
On Target: 6-8
Pass Success: 85%-77%
Roma 2-1 Fiorentina
Mattia Destro celebrated his first game of the season with the winning goal as Roma defeated Fiorentina 2-1 in the capital.
The Italy international played intermittently last season after knee surgery at the start of 2013, and had been ruled out this season due to painful swelling.
However, 10 minutes after replacing Alessandro Florenzi, Destro was on hand to slot home the winner in the 68th minute after being set up by Gervinho.
Roma defender Maicon had given his side a seventh-minute lead with a close-range opener.
But Fiorentina hit back in the 29th minute when a powerful Juan Vargas drive completed a great move by Nenad Tomovic.
Roma were grateful to goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis moments after Destro's goal when he tipped away a dangerous free-kick from Manuel Pasqual.
But Roma were forced to play out the final moments of the game with 10 men after Miralem Pjanic was dismissed after picking up a second yellow card.
On target: 9-5
Verona 2-1 Atalanta
Verona scored twice in the last eight minutes to come from behind to defeat Atalanta 2-1 at the Stadio Bentegodi.
The home side were looking to end a run of three consecutive Serie A defeats, but were dealt a blow when German Denis rifled home for the visitors three minutes before the interval.
Denis almost added a second for Atalanta in the second half after a defensive error, and Luca Toni headed against the crossbar for Verona.
But in the 82nd minute, the home side were level when Juan Ignacio Gomez swept home a Romulo Souza Orestes corner.
Five minutes later, Verona stole the points. Toni was brought down in the area by Riccardo Cazzola, who was dismissed for the offence, and Jorginho slotted home the penalty.
The win moved Verona two points behind fifth-placed Fiorentina, who lost at Roma earlier in the day.
On target: 6-5
Cagliari 2-1 Genoa
Marco Sau scored an injury-time winner to claim a 2-1 victory for Cagliari over 10-man Genoa at the Stadio Sant’Elia.
Alberto Gilardino had given Genoa a 16th-minute lead when he slotted home from a through ball by Francesco Lodi.
But the visitors were dealt a blow two minutes before half-time when Thomas Manfredini and Daniele Conti were both cautioned after a clash, and the Genoa was sent off for his second yellow card.
Cagliari increased the pressure in the second half, but it took until the 75th minute until they equalised when Sau collected a long ball, weaved past two defenders and fired home.
Two minutes into injury-time, Sau claimed the points when the ball dropped to him after a failed overhead attempt by Nene.
On target: 7-3
Sampdoria 2-0 Catania
Second-half goals from Eder and Manolo Gabbiadini were enough to earn Sampdoria a comfortable 2-0 win over Catania.
The home side dominated the first period, but could not find a way through a stubborn defence.
However, on the hour mark, Eder broke the deadlock when he headed home a Lorenzo Di Silvestre cross after a powerful run down the right.
In the 77th minute, Gabbiadini ensured the three points when he curled the ball home after cutting in from the right flank.
On target: 7-0
Torino 1-0 Lazio
Kamil Glik scored the only goal of the game to give Torino victory over Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico.
The Poland international was on hand in the 19th minute to finish off a move after Danilo D’Ambrosio had taken the pace off a ball from Alessio Cerci.
Lazio had only themselves to blame for the defeat after spurning a number of chances to equalise throughout the game, with Antonio Candreva particularly wasteful.
But the Lazio striker did force a good save from Daniele Padelli, who tipped a long-range Candreva effort over the crossbar.
On target: 3-3
Sassuolo 0-1 Chievo
Cyril Thereau claimed all three points for Chievo with his 55th-minute winner against Sassuolo at the Stadio Citta del Tricolore.
Sassuolo goalkeeper Gianluca Pegolo had been the hero for the home side in the first half with two great saves from Thereau and Floro Flores.
Domenico Berardi missed two good chances for the hosts early in the second period before Thereau struck.
An Alessio Sestu cross found Thereau in the middle of the Sassuolo area, and he fired the ball into the bottom-left corner of the net.
On target: 2-5
Bologna 0-2 Juventus
Arturo Vidal and Giorgio Chiellini scored the goals as Juventus won 2-0 at Bologna on Friday to move six points clear atop the top. Second-placed Roma were set to host Fiorentina on Saturday.
Vidal, who recently signed a new contract with the Bianconeri, opened the scoring in the 12th minute. Juve were made to work for the result in the second half, but Chiellini sealed the points with a headed goal from Carlos Tevez's corner in the 89th minute.
With the win, Juventus moved on to 40 points, six ahead of Roma. Bologna are 17th with 12 points and could fall into the relegation zone depending on this weekend's other results.
On target: 4-6
Livorno 2-2 AC Milan
Mario Balotelli scored early and late for AC Milan, who ended up having to come from behind to earn a share of the spoils at a Livorno side that came into Saturday’s contest winless in their last three.
The Italy international needed just seven minutes to get his name on the scoresheet, having been set up nicely by Kaka’s cross.
But Livorno equalized shortly before the half-hour mark through Luca Siligardi, and in the 58th minute they took the lead after Siligardi fed Paulinho, who beat Rossoneri goalkeeper Gabriel to the right-hand side of the goal.
The hosts seemed poised to record a memorable victory until Balotelli completed his brace from a free-kick with seven minutes left on the clock.
On target: 7-5
Napoli 3-3 Udinese
Napoli blew two leads at the San Paolo as plucky Udinese fought back to earn a draw at the home of Serie A’s third-place side.
It took until near the end of the first half for the floodgates to open, but when they did it was Goran Pandev who was the first to rush through—the Napoli marksman scoring in the 38th minute and then again after accepting Gonzalo Higuain’s pass in the 41st.
But Federico Fernandez threw Udinese a lifeline on the stroke of half-time when he put the ball into his own net, and in the 70th minute the guests were back on level terms thanks to a Bruno Fernandes strike from distance.
Napoli regained the lead less than 60 seconds later through Blerim Dzemaili, but with just 10 minutes left to play Dusan Basta notched the final equalizer from a corner-kick as Udinese escaped Naples with a point.
On target: 6-7