In what was the final round of matches of 2011 in Serie A, Milan and Juventus are joint leaders going into the winter break. As many as 31 goals were scored in this rescheduled round of fixtures.

Milan sides record comfortable wins

After a somewhat lackluster start to their respective campaigns, both AC Milan and Inter have recovered. Milan through an inspired Ibrahimovic had a few scares against a motivated Cagliari outfit but in the end came out on top to grab the three points and in the bargain top spot in the league table.

Neighbors Inter came back from 0-1 down against Lecce to record their fourth consecutive win with a comfortable 4-1 scoreline but before Pazzini scored their first goal, they unbelievably hit the post 4 times in 10 minutes. Claudio Ranieri looks to have stabilized a ship that wasnai??i??t really in control and once again displayed his ability to get things in order. The winter break probably comes at the worst possible time for the Nerazzurri and may stop their momentum.

The Black & White Clash

What was billed as the match to watch out for in this midweek round of fixtures, failed to generate any excitement among the viewers whatsoever. There was nothing colorful about the Udinese-Juventus game, except of course for Juveai??i??s bright pink colors. It was a stalemate and was frankly a below-par game between two teams who have surprised many this season.

Heading into this match, Francesco Guidolinai??i??s men boasted of a 100% home record while Antonio Conteai??i??s side were yet to taste defeat. And it was Udineseai??i??s exceptional record at the Friuli that would fall as Juve emerged as the only side to take away points from Udine. The result was perhaps not at all terrible for Juventus but their performance was certainly disappointing. On the bright side though, they remain the only team unbeaten in the top 5 leagues in Europe.

Napoli Annihilate Genoa

The loss of Ezequiel Lavezzi going into the game against Genoa was enough for critics to claim Napoli would struggle against the visitors. Instead, the Naples based outfit emphatically embarrassed the Rossoblu. Alberto Malesaniai??i??s men were handed a footballing lesson by Walter Mazzarriai??i??s side who trounced them 6-1. The attacking trio of Cavani, Hamsik and Pandev were in splendid form and each got their name on the score-sheet. Colombian International Juan Zuniga capped off a wonderful performance with a pile-driver of a goal from outside the box. Alberto Malesani was sacked following Genoa’s performance.

Elsewhere

Roma notched up their second consecutive win against Bologna with strikes from Rodrigo Taddei and Pablo Osvaldo. While Atalantaai??i??s German Denis cannot stop scoring right now and was on target once again against struggling Cesena. Palermo, under new manager Mutti, finally scored away from home but on Novaraai??i??s artificial turf, only managed a draw. While the heated Tuscan derby between Fiorentina and Siena ended goal-less but as many as 10 players were booked.

Goal Of the Round

Juan Zuniga (Napoli vs Genoa)

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Game of the Round

Parma 3-3 Catania

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Player of the Round

Edinson Cavani (Napoli)

 

El Matador

 

Two goals for the Uruguayan hot-shot, one of which was a cheeky chip over Genoaai??i??s keeper Sebastian Frey makes him our player of this round.

Ai??Team of the round

 

 

Results

Parma 3-3 Catania

Atalanta 4-1 Cesena

Fiorentina 0-0 Siena

Cagliari 0-2 AC Milan

Napoli 6-1 Genoa

Udinese 0-0 Juventus

Inter 4-1 Lecce

Bologna 0-2 Roma

Novara 2-2 Palermo

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