Monday, March 20, 2006 

Celtic 3-0 Dunfermline

Fitting tribute
The Glasgow side's 13th victory in the competition, sealed thanks to goals from Maciej Żurawski, Shaun Maloney and Dion Dublin, served as a fitting tribute for Celtic legend Jimmy Johnstone who recently died. Celtic dominated the match from the start, with Polish striker Żurawski heading against the crossbar in the seventh minute and Roy Keane also going close. The breakthrough finally came two minutes before the break when Żurawski took advantage of a defensive mix-up to score at the near post.

First trophy
Maloney added a superb second, curling in a free-kick 13 minutes from time, before substitute Dion Dublin, who had come on for Keane after the former Manchester United FC midfielder injured a hamstring, turned in Paul Telfer's low cross in added time. Afterwards Celtic coach Gordon Strachan said: "It's fantastic, my first cup since coming to Celtic and I hope there's many more."



River Plate 3-0 Olimpo

RIVER: Juan Pablo Carrizo; Cristian Alvarez, Julio Cáceres, Danilo Gerlo, Lucas Mareque; Augusto Fernández (Santana, 33'), René Lima, Víctor Zapata (San Martin, 69'), Daniel Montenegro (Pusineri, 67'); Gonzalo Abán, Gonzalo Higuaín.

OLIMPO: Carlos Roa; Jorge Martínez, Matías Villavicencio, Máximo Lucas, Juan Fernández; Gerardo Solana (Costela, 56'), Martín Wagner, Gustavo Pinto, Leandro Benítez; Ezequiel Maggiolo, Alejandro Delorte (David Ramirez, 56').

GOALS: 1-0 Higuaín (23'); 2-0, Higuaín (41'); 3-0, Montenegro (65')


Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. River Plate 10 21
2. Boca Juniors 10 20
3. Newell's Old Boys 10 20
4. Velez Sarsfield 10 19
5. Gimnasia Jujuy 10 18


Wolfsburg 0 - 1 Hamburg SV (Derby United)

HSV goes marching on! On Saturday afternoon (18.3.06) they beat VfL Wolfsburg 1-0 in front of 28,095 in the Volkswagen Arena. The only goal of the game came on 22 minutes and fell to Benny Lauth. It was the young German striker’s third goal in as many games after he had scored against Lautern last weekend and Bucharest in midweek.

de Jong returns from suspension
Home coach Klaus Augenthaler had to do without his top scorer Diego Klimowicz (adductor problem) for the visit of second placed HSV to the Volkswageb Arena in round 26. The Argentinean was on the bench as the game started. Augenthaler kept faith with the side which drew 0-0 at home to Bayern last time out. HSV coach Thomas Doll made two changes to his side which went out of the UEFA Cup against Bucharest in midweek despite winning 3-1. In came Nigel de Jong for Wicky after suspension. Doll moved Mehdi Mahdavikia back to full back with Piotr Trochowski moving into the vacant spot in midfield.

Early blow for Wolfsburg: Hanke off injured
The first few minutes of the game began at a sprightly pace and on six mintes the first chance of the match fell to Hans Sarpei who stole in at the far post where he met a superb ball played in by Menseguez. Sarpei who was unmarked, blasted wide as it looked easier to score. A few minutes later, the Germany striker Mike Hanke came off the worst in a challenge with van Buyten and Boulahrouz. Hanke was in obvious pain and was taken off after only 17 minutes with a bruised buttock muscle and bruising to his stomach muscles. Augenthaler replaced Hanke with the Frenchman Steve Marlet.

Lauth puts HSV ahead!
That shock seemed to make the home side lose the plot and on 20 minutes, de Jong tested Wolves keeper Simon Jentzsch. Two minutes later Benny Lauth one better, as he scored his third goal in as many games after being beautifully played through from near the halfway line by Barbarez. Lauth advanced into the left side of the Wolfsburg area before coolly slotting home a low left foot shot into the bottom right hand corner with Jentzch powerless. There followed further chances by van der Vaart and van Buyten, but the best missed chance of the half fell on the stroke of half time as Barbarez lobbed the advancing Jentzsch but his effort went well wide of goal. HSV took a deserved 1-0 lead with them into the break.

Harmless Wolves
HSV camped in their own from the start of the second half, letting the home side have the Lion’s share of possession and waiting for a chance to counter attack. Wolfsburg, although they had more of the ball, were unable to turn it into noteworthy goalmouth action. A 30 metre lond distance shot by Hoogendorp, which was easily dealt with by Hamburg’s new number one keeper Sasha Kirschstein was all that the home side had to offer 15 minutes after the break.

HSV adopt safety first tactic
25 minutes from the end, Doll brought on Wicky for van der Vaart, clearly indicating that he wanted his team to simply protect their slender lead. His Wolfsburg counterpart Augenthaler took off the invisible substitute Marlet and replaced him with Klimowicz. Marian Hristov made his first appearance for the Wolves for 15 months as he came on to replace Thiam. Those changes didn’t help the Wolfsburg cause and two late harmless long distance shots by Hoogendorp were all they could muster and they lost the game 0-1.

Hamburger SV: Kirschstein - Mahdavikia, van Buyten, Boulahrouz, Atouba - de Jong - Jarolim, Trochowski (85. Reinhardt), van der Vaart (65. Wicky) - Barbarez, Lauth (72. Ailton)

VfL Wolfsburg: Jentzsch, Quiroga, Hofland, van der Heyden - van der Leegte, Thiam (57. Hristov), Sarpei, Menseguez, Karhan - Hanke (17. Marlet / 67. Klimowicz), Hoogendorp

Goal: 1:0 Lauth (22.)



Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. Bayern Munchen 26 62
2. Hamburg 26 56
3. Schalke 26 51
4. Bremen 26 50
5. Stuttgart 26 36

Saturday, March 18, 2006 

Albertini signs off at San Siro

Football stars past and present came together at the San Siro stadium in Milan last night for a testimonial match in honour of the ex-Italian international Demetrio Albertini.

Night of stars
Advertised as the 'Notte di Stelle' (night of stars), the game featured current and former players from AC Milan and FC Barcelona, including Andriy Shevchenko, Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard, Jean-Pierre Papin and George Weah on the Rossoneri side, and Ronaldinho and Hristo Stoitchkov on the Blaugrana. It was a repeat of the 1994 UEFA Champions League final, won 4-0 by Milan, in which Albertini had a prominent role.

Strong support
The match, contested by Albertini's first and last clubs, was organised by the 34-year-old midfielder himself and he cut an emotional figure when thanking the 35,000 crowd at the final whistle. "I have had a lucky career, a career full of success," he said. "I could only dream about a day like this. Thank you all, the public, the fans. I will keep you always in my heart."

'The very best'
Albertini retired from playing in December after going six months without a club. "I started compiling a list of footballers I had played alongside in my career, and I have ended up inviting the very best," said 'Il Metronomo' (the metronome) about his benefit game. Albertini spent 14 seasons at Milan before having a year apiece at Club Atlético de Madrid and S.S. Lazio. He played out his final professional campaign, 2004/05, at Atalanta BC and Barcelona.



Wolfsburg - HSV (Derby United Preview)

After pinching a point off at home to the mighty Bundesliga table-toppers Bayern Munich last time out, the Wolves have another mountain to climb in round 26, as second placed HSV visits the VOLKSWAGEN ARENA. The three points at stake on Saturday (18.3.06, kick off 3.30 pm), are mega-crucial for both sides for differing reasons: The Wolves are only 3 points above the relegation zone whereas HSV need them to keep them sitting pretty in second place, on course for a place in next season’s Champions League competition.

Unlucky visitors
HSV makes the short trip to Wolfsburg in round 26 of the Bundesliga on Saturday, after unluckily exiting the UEFA Cup on the away goals rule against Rapid Bucharest in midweek, coach Thomas Doll’s side will be determined to return to winning ways in Wolfsburg. The Bucharest game was HSV’s 46th this season.

Fond memories
VfL Wolfsburg was the first side to beat HSV in the AOL Arena this season, as they won 1-0 in round 9. A 19th minute gaol by Diego Klimowicz gave the Wolves an unexpected victory on that day, and HSV will want revenge for that defeat.

Fine record
The Wolves won their last 3 home games against HSV, and will be hoping to emulate the performance which saw them take a point off mighty Bayern Munich at home in round 25 (0-0). The only HSV victory away to Wolfsburg was on October 21st 2001.

Hristov back after 15 months
The Wolves coach will probably not risk playing his top scorer Diego Klimowicz from the start on Saturday but the Argentinean, who has 11 Bundesliga goals to his name so far this season, could be used later on during the game if needed. Klaus Augenthaler will be without the injured Alex (shin) and Levan Tskitishvili (muscular problem) as well as Cedrick Makiadi (knee surgery). On the good news side, Marian Hristov makes a return to the squad after 15 months on the sidelines following multiple operations on his knee: "We checked the knee on Wednesday and discovered no negative reaction. Marian has come on leaps and bounds over the last few weeks, so he is in the squad on Saturday", said a delighted Augenthaler.

Nice change for Patric
Instead of putting his usual number two keeper André Lenz on the bench against HSV, Auge has decided to replace him with his under-21 keeper Patric Platins. Augenthaler will more than likely field the same 11 which started the game against Bayern. He is also expected to stick with the 3-5-2 system which did the trick last time out.

Dolly keeps the faith
HSV coach Doll is expected to pick the side which beat Rapid Bucharest 3-1 in their fourth round second leg UEFA Cup tie at home to Rapid Bucharest, but still failed to progress to the quarter final stage of the competition, which means that striker Benny Lauth will get the nod ahead of the Japanese international striker Takahara.

Differing ambitions
HSV will be hoping to bag their 9th away win of the season and in doing so, consolidate their current position of second in the Bundesliga table. The home side is only 3 points above the dreaded drop zone, so maximum points against HSV on Saturday would be worth their weight in gold.

Best behaviour
The Wolves defensive midfielder Hans Sarpei will have to behave on Saturday because he has 4 yellow cards to his name. A further card would make him miss the crucial round 27 clash away to Schalke (23.3.06, kick off 3.30 pm). The same problem applies to the following HSV players: Atouba, van der Vaart, de Jong and Boulahrouz. A further card for those players would mean that they would miss out on the round 27 home game against Borussia Dortmund.

Possible line-ups:

VfL Wolfsburg: Jentzsch; Quiroga, van der Heyden, Hofland; Sarpei, Thiam, van der Leegte, Menseguez; Karhan; Hanke, Hoogendorp

Reserves: Klimowicz , Platins, Langkamp, Schnoor, Hristov, Marlet, Neziri, Fischer, Lamprecht, Franz

Missing: Makiadi, Tskitishvili, Alex

4 yellow cards: Sarpei

HSV: Kirschstein; Mahdavikia, Boulahrouz, van Buyten, Atouba; Wicky; de Jong, Jarolim; van der Vaart; Lauth, Barbarez

Reserves: Wächter, B. Reinhardt, Karl, Fillinger, Trochowski, Klingbeil, Kucukovic, Demel, Ailton, Laas, Takyi, Takahara

Missing: Hampel, Beinlich

4 yellow cards: Atouba, van der Vaart, de Jong, Boulahrouz


Thursday, March 09, 2006 

Liverpool 0 - 2 Benfica (Champions League)

Benfica went onto the hallowed Anfield pitch with the formation most pundits expected and 2,500 Encarnado fans – a loud drop amongst a sea of 42,500 Reds – looking on in the hope that today would see the resurgence of one of Europe’s legendary clubs after a long time down in the doldrums.

The park itself was wet, and, despite the presence of some muddy patches, was ready for top flight football with a comfortable 8°C cool enough to avoid overheating without chilling the proceedings down to a slow game.

Robert managed to earn himself a yellow in the very first minute of play for a tackle on Warnock that showed the Italian referee was both jittery and over-zealous. Gerrard and Morientes were the first to try their luck; the English midfielder’s free kick being deflected by Beto and the Spaniard’s weak shot being easily swept up by Moretto.

The first genuine ‘Oooooohhhhh!!!!’ from the terraces came after Nuno Gomes fluffed a ball and the much-maligned Peter Crouch hit Benfica’s post after taking a providential deflection off ex-Corinthians full-back Anderson.

Benfica tried to hit back through Geovanni, but the Brazilian was (poorly) judged to be offside as he received a pass from Simão. Corners became the watchword as first Finnan then Alcides forced dead-ball opportunities for each side, but to no avail.

Nineteen minutes in Luis Garcia managed to push his way into the Benfica box, but the number 10 blasted his kick over Moretto’s bar. Beto responded with a well-intentioned but poorly aimed shot that went wide of Reina.

Crouch caused some teeth-grinding among the locals as he missed a chance to get past Moretto, wasting a good opportunity created by Gerrard and prompting locals to wonder if another striker would have netted the chance.

An active Geovanni left Reina’s woodwork shivering after Nuno Gomes set the Encarnado number 11 up, the Spanish keeper surprised by the shot but comfortably defusing Simão’s subsequent header. Soon after Crouch earned himself a yellow card for an abysmal piece of fakery in front – of all people – the tiny Benfica left-back Léo.

Robert and Manuel Fernandes both tried their luck; the ex-Magpie missing the mark and the Portuguese midfielder trickling in a limp-ankled effort. Nevertheless, Benfica managed to silence Anfield (temporarily) with Simão (36 min) taking a speculative long shot after robbing a danger ball outside the Reds’ box and blasting the ball past Reina to give the Águias extra wings.

The Benfica fans were in fine voice on the English terraces, provoking the Mersey fans into even louder support for their team in an adrenalin-pumping sonic battle on the terraces. Traore almost made a fatal mistake, but Geovanni was judged (once more, poorly) to be offside.

After Xabi Alonso picked up a yellow for a foul on Beto, the Benfica midfielder – remembered for his appalling studs-out lunge at Sissoko in the first leg – going on to almost score an own goal and the ensuing corner seeing Crouch almost make amends with a ball that thundered off the post.

As play resumed, Koeman ordered Miccoli, Karagounis and Ricardo Rocha to warm up along the touchline. Luisão ceded a consequence-free corner and Geovanni was once again caught offside; this time correctly.

Liverpool hit back through a Gerrard cannonball after stealing the ball from an unfocused Alcides, but the ball whizzed off wide of the mark. Moretto justified his signing with a good save after Xabi Alonso walloped in a 25 yard shot and two uneventful corners passed without cause for celebration.

Koeman made his first change, taking off Geovanni for midfield stopper Karagounis in a clear statement of intent. Nuno Gomes was awarded a yellow for pretending to be deaf and then Benitez upped the ante by bringing off a rather insipid Harry Kewell for Cissé.

Benitez decided to go for broke and took off an inoffensive Morientes and Warnock for Robbie Fowler and Dieter Hamann, Koeman responding by taking off wing man Robert for wing back Richard Rocha to reinforce the Benfica rearguard.

Nerves were starting to chafe in the Liverpool ranks as the minutes ticked by, Gerrard picking up an unnecessary yellow for a premature free kick. As play ricocheted to the other end, Nuno Gomes missed a golden opportunity to put a bolt-gun to the head of the game with a backheel that backfired and wasted a good build-up by Karagounis & Simão. A shot would have sealed it.

Liverpool continued accumulating corners that were as effective as a feather pillow in a boxing match, and Koeman made his last adjustment by taking off an errant Nuno Gomes for Italian idol Miccoli. Gerrard put another free kick over the Benfica bar and winced – as did the home fans.

The hosts managed to ripple Moretto’s net, but the goal was disallowed – Moretto’s failure wiped away by the fact that the corner that gave rise to the goal had arched its way out of play. Hearts fluttered and brows furrowed as it looked like the chance of a double Champions League was gurgling down the tubes.

Gerrard tried his best, giving Luisão a seat, but nothing was working for the Reds as the ball went wide to howls of frustration from local players and fans alike. Then it was all over in a flash-bang counter-attack; Simão launching Beto who passed to Miccoli (89 min), the Italian proving lethal and sinking the ferry across the Mersey with an eye-poppingly acrobatic strike.

Nevertheless, the Liverpool fans did their city and Club proud, singing away with the sort of dignity that a certain southern Club seems to have lost in direct proportion to the amount of cash that has arrived. Liverpool went out, it’s true, but with their heads held high. Perhaps not the best game, but an admirable lesson in sportsmanship that some should take note of.

As for the winners, Benfica fans are licking their lips and rubbing their palms together that this will be the year in which 'O Glorioso' is reinstated in the European elite. The Club that brought Barcelona and Real Madrid to their knees in the 1960's (1961 and 1962 respectively) could be making a return to greatness.

1968 saw the Portuguese eagles downed 4-1 by George Best's Manchester United, and the Encarnados came close in 1988 (out on penalties to PSV) and 1990 with a slim 1-0 defeat by AC Milan, but, who knows? Are we seeing the hero of Barcelona's 1992 European Cup win about to helm the low-budget Benfica back to the top? Will the underdogs keep snarling and chewing their way through the favourites? Let's just wait and see.

- Liverpool: Reina, Finnan, Carragher, Traoré, Warnock (Hamann, 71), Xabi Alonso, Gerrard, Luis García, Kewell (Cissé, 63), Morientes (Fowler, 70) e Crouch.

- Benfica: Moretto, Alcides, Luisão, Anderson, Léo, Beto, Manuel Fernandes, Robert (Ricardo Rocha, 70), Simão, Geovanni (Karagounis, 60) e Nuno Gomes (Miccoli, 77).

Goals: 0-1, Simão, 36 minutos. 0-2, Miccoli, 89.


Monday, March 06, 2006 

Bayern Munich 1 - 2 Hamburg SV

HSV beat the red hot Bundesliga title favourites Bayern Munich 2-1 in their own back yard on Saturday afternoon (4.3.06). Guy Demel put the visitors ahead on 16 minutes with his first ever Bundesliga goal. Veteran midfielder Mehmet Scholl scored a classy equaliser for Bayern on 83 minutes. A minute from the end, new signing Nigel de Jong headed home what turned out to be a deserved winner for HSV. Thomas Doll was without the suspended Daniel van Buyten and Raphael Wicky as well as the injured Ailton and Stefan "Paule" Beinlich for the game which saw top placed Bayern Munich entertain third placed HSV.

Defender Bastian Reinhardt was in the squad but did not play because of a lack of match practice. Dutch midfield master Rafael van der Vaart started his first game for HSV since breaking his foot last year. Bayern coach and former HSV hero Felix Magath was without Roque Santa Cruz , Owen Hargreaves, Bixente Lizarazu and his striker who scored twice in Frankfurt in round 23 Paolo Guerrero.

HSV begin strongly
Bayern had won all of their 19 bundesliga matches inside their superb Allianz Arena before their arch rivaly HSV came to town on Saturday. As usual, the stadium was filled to the brim with 69,000 and great excitement greeted the teams as they took to the pitch. HSV made the better start on a pitch which was one step short of being classed unplayable because of blizzard like conditions. Despite that fact, it took only 40 second for the home side to fire a warning shot in HSV’s direction as Pizarro fired in a show which went narrowly wide of Stefan Wächter’s right hand post. Whoever expected an all out assault by the reigning Bundesliga champions and cup holders was to be disappointed, because HSV took hold of the game and waited for a chance to counter attack. That early chance by Pizarro, turned out to be the only Bayern chance during the first half, so solid was HSV at the back.

Deserved opening goal
HSV’s aggresive approach was to bear fruit on 16 minutes as Guy Demel latched onto a ball at the near post after Ballack had only partially cleared a corner. The HSV defender fired in a cross cum shot which fooled Kahn in the Bayern goal and Demel ran off celebrating his first ever Bundesliga goal in 47 appearances. The lead was well deserved as HSV produced a compact display in Munich. They could have gone further ahead had first Piotr Trochowski (23.) and Naohiro Takahara (42.) made more of their chances. The Hamburg side took a well deserved one goal lead into the break with them.

Cauldron of emotion
Felix Magath brought on Ali Karimi and Bastian Schweinsteiger for Deisler and Salihamidzic at the start of the second half. It was a move which wasn’t to change things much for Bayern, at least not until the 60th minute.., as the home side began to create some pressure. A free kick by the newly introduced Mehmet Scholl went close, and after that it was at times end to end stuff. On 71 minutes Jarolim should have done better but allowed Kahn to easily save his weak shot. Eight minutes later, Wächter produced a top drawer save to deny a spectacular effort by Pizarro.

End to end stuff
Ballack threatened with a header, before Lucio cleared for Bayern in the nick of time moments later. On 81 minutes, Sergej Barbarez could have put the game beyond Bayern but failed to do so after fine approach work by Takahara. That miss was to prove costly, because Bayern drew level just 60 seconds later. Scholl scored with a fabulous volley and it looked like the game would either end in a draw, or Bayern would nick a winner at the death as they have done so often this season.

Nigel de Jong at the death!
Only a point for HSV? No way! A minute before the end of the game Nigel de Jong scored his first goal for HSV to dent the masses of travelling fans into raptures of joy. Moments later the referee blew for time and the HSV bench exploded onto the pitch to celebrate the first victory away to Bayern for 24 years!

Bayern Munich: Kahn - Sagnol, Lucio, Ismael, Lahm - Demichelis - Salihamidzic (46. Schweinsteiger), Deisler (46. Karimi, 61.Scholl), Ballack - Makaay, Pizarro

HSV: Wächter - Mahdavikia, Demel, Boulahrouz, Atouba - de Jong - Trochowski (90. Reinhardt), Jarolim, van der Vaart (67. Klingbeil) - Barbarez, Takahara (87. Fillinger)

Goals: 0-1 Demel (16.), 1-1 Scholl (83.), 1-2 de Jong (89.)



Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. Bayern Munchen 24 58
2. Bremen 24 50
3. Hamburg 24 50
4. Schalke 24 48
5. Stuttgart 24 33


Estrela Amadora 1 - 2 Benfica

Estrela da Amadora: Bruno Vale, Dany, Maurício, Pedro Simões (Santamaria, 39), Amoreirinha, Paulo Machado, Jordão (Bevacqua, 63), André Barreto, Semedo, Rui Borges (Rui Duarte, 83) e Manú

Benfica: Moretto, Alcides, Luisão, Anderson, Léo, Petit, Manuel Fernandes, Geovanni (Miccoli, 61), Karagounis (Manduca, 67), Laurent Robert (Ricardo Rocha, 94) e Nuno Gomes.

Goals: 1-0 Paulo Machado, 32´; 1-1, Laurent Robert, 52´; 1-2, Miccoli, 92.


Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. Porto 25 54
2. Sporting 25 52
3. Benfica 25 49
4. Braga 25 48
5. Boavista 25 45



PSV 4 - 1 Heerenveen

PSV had a bright start to another tough week with three fixtures (against Heerenveen, Olympique Lyon and Ajax). They pulled off an emphatic 4-1 win over the Frisian side in the Eindhoven Philips Stadium on Saturday night. Koné scored a double and Cocu and Alex also found the net.

No danger
By this convincing win, PSV have maintained their leading position in the Dutch league and they seem to be well on their way to clinching the title this season again. Beforehand Heerenveen were considered to be tough opponents, but the team coached by Guus Hiddink was never really in danger. Arouna Koné, who scored a double, has now taken his season’s tally to five goals and Alex scored the most beautiful goal of the night by superbly blasting home a free kick. With seven games to play, PSV have a 10-point lead over Feyenoord who will face FC Utrecht on Sunday afternoon.

and injury Reiziger
PSV did not make any changes to the team that beat AZ last weekend, but Michael Reiziger had to be taken off, when there were only seven minutes on the clock. The full right back broke a bone in a finger during a fierce challenge. He went straight to the dressing room and the Englishman Michael Ball left the bench to take over. Michael Lamey was now played right back. Heerenveen created the first chance of the game, but Gomes and Addo did well to thwart the effort of former PSV player Arnold Bruggink.

Koné and Cocu
The pace of the game was fairly high and as both teams created enough space, the crowd enjoyed an entertaining game. Koné, Cocu and Vennegoor of Hesselink (who was one-for-one with goalkeeper Vandenbussche) missed chances. The deadlock was finally broken on 37 minutes. It was not the first time that a PSV goal was scored from a set piece. A well-struck Culina free kick was headed on into the goal. Arouna Koné, who had scored a hat trick in this seasons’ reverse encounter, took the celebrations. A few minutes later Philips Stadium erupted again: captain Cocu collected a long ball one minute before half time, accelerated and his powerful effort from some fifteen yards went home; 2-0.

Goals: 37 Koné (1-0); 41 Cocu (2-0); 63 De Vries (2-1); 75 Alex (3-1); 83 Koné (4-1)


Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. PSV 27 69
2. Feyenoord 27 62
3. AZ 27 58
4. Ajax 27 49
5. Groningen 27 44



Fiorentina 2 - 1 Siena

Fiorentina won the derby over Siena with character thanks to a goal by Pazzini in the 90th minute. Toni opened the score from a Fiore assist, then two missed chances for Toni and Bojinov, and Fortin's saves. Siena equalized with Vergassola. Offensive second half of Fiorentina. Towards the end, Pazzini who came in for Toni scored the winner following a corner kick.


Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. Juventus 28 73
2. Milan 28 63
3. Inter 28 59
4. Fiorentina 28 56
5. Roma 28 55



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