Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Mercurial Milanese (VIDEO)
by Ian Plenderleith, October 20th, 2008 7AM

MOST READ


[ITALY] It was a good weekend for the Milans, with champion Inter whupping wannabe title pretender Roma, 4-0, in its own backyard, while AC began to find its groove with a 3-0 home victory over Sampdoria. Stuttering Juventus lost again, to high-flying Napoli, 2-1.

Inter utterly dominated and outplayed its host, moving back to what its fans will see as the reigning champion's rightful place at the top of the table. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice, and there were goals too from Dejan Stankovic and Nsofor Victor Obinna, the Nigerian Olympic star. Roma fell to 14th, with just two wins from its first seven games.

"We really did do well today," said Inter coach Jose Mourinho. "I think the team is very intelligent and this is the fruit of the work we have done. We knew the Roma midfield [would make] lots of movements and it was important to stop them. I worked a lot on the midfielders."

Its city rival was enjoying an easy romp at home against 10-man Sampdoria, resting Kaka (though he came off the bench to set up a goal) while Ronaldinho scored twice (one from a penalty) and substitute Filippo Inzaghi added a late third. The team is now sixth, and just three points behind Inter, while its fans are busy wiping away their tears at the words of Ronaldinho: "Here in Milan I feel more at home with the passing of the days. All the people I meet welcome me very well and I hope to reward them with many more joys. In the meantime I'm recovering my rhythm."

The scoring woes of Juventus, meanwhile, continue. With just seven goals in as many games, it has still to score more than a single goal in any one match. On Saturday, it fell to Napoli, despite taking a second-half lead through Carvalho Amauri. Napoli struck back three minutes later through Slovak midfielder Marek Hamsik (his fourth of the season) and a winner from the impressively named Ezequiel Ivezzi 10 minutes from time.

"We'll analyze the goals we let in to avoid it happening again," promised Juve coach Claudio Ranieri after bemoaning injuries to two midfielders during the game. "We're doing the best we can at the moment, but the fact we're not able to win weighs down on everybody. Unfortunately this year we haven't been consistent; we have good spells, but we're not smooth enough." And this week his side faces Real Madrid in the Champions League.

Catania topped Palermo, 2-0, in the Sicilian derby to keep third place, while Udinese missed the chance to go top, held 2-2 at Lecce, though it did come back from two goals down. Lazio dropped to fifth after a 3-1 defeat at Bologna.

HIGHLIGHT (VIDEO): All four Inter goals at Roma -- exemplary finishing.

STANDINGS:
TEAM GP W T L F A P
Inter Milan 7 5 1 1 13 5 16

Udinese 7 4 2 1 12 5 14
Catania 7 4 2 1 8 4 14
Napoli 7 4 2 1 10 7 14
----------------------------
Lazio 7 4 1 2 15 10 13
AC Milan 7 4 1 2 11 6 13
Fiorentina 7 4 1 2 9 6 13
Atalanta 7 4 1 2 8 6 13
Genoa 7 4 0 3 10 7 12
Palermo 7 4 0 3 10 10 12
Lecce 7 2 3 2 8 8 9
Juventus 7 2 3 2 6 6 9
Siena 7 2 2 3 5 5 8
Roma 7 2 1 4 8 12 7
Bologna 7 2 0 5 6 10 6
Chievo 7 1 3 3 5 9 6
Torino 7 1 2 4 7 11 5
Sampdoria 7 0 4 3 4 11 4
Cagliari 7 1 1 5 2 10 4
Reggina 7 0 2 5 4 13 2

 



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Cruz Azul and Toluca draw in first leg    
[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] The first leg of the 2014 Concacaf Champions final between Cruz Azul and ...
Full slate of Saturday games follows first midweek game    
[MLS: Week 7] A full slate of games Saturday follows the first midweek match of the ...
Union building to be successful for long term    
[MLS: Week 7] An extensive schedule of 36 Wednesday games begins this week with Philadelphia visiting ...
U.S. under-15 girls national team roster    
[NATIONAL TRAINING CENTER CAMP] U.S. under-15 girls national team coach B.J. Snow has called up 36 ...
Mexico pulls out win with pair of stoppage-time goals    
[USA UNDER-18 MEN] The U.S. under-18 men's national team suffered to a 4-3 defeat to Mexico ...
FC Dallas forward Span on USL PRO team of the week    
[DOWN ON THE FARM] In his debut since joining Orlando City from FC Dallas, Brian Span ...
What They're Saying    
"Anyone who messes around will stay at home, because it will mean that they can't handle ...
Sub invades field to stop goal    
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] A sub warming up near the goal runs onto the field ...
What They're Saying    
"I saw the devastation firsthand. So anyone who's saying they're not thinking about [the World Cup] ...
Cruz Azul's Corona has suspension extended    
[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Cruz Azul's Mexican national team goalkeeper, Jesus Corona, already suspended from Tuesday night's ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives