In­ter em­bar­rassed by Ata­lanta

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In­ter suf­fered an­other hu­mil­i­at­ing de­feat, fall­ing 2-1 to Lom­bardy ri­vals Ata­lanta thanks to de­fen­sive er­rors de­spite Eder’s scorch­ing goal.

Frank de Boer was hang­ing by a thread af­ter one point from three Serie A rounds, as even Thurs­day’s 1-0 Europa League vic­tory over Southamp­ton was a wor­ry­ing per­for­mance. Gian Piero Gasperini could sym­pa­thise, as he was fa­mously sacked by In­ter af­ter five games in 2011.

The Ner­az­zurri had won only one of their pre­vi­ous seven trips to the Sta­dio Az­zurri d’Italia, los­ing two and draw­ing the oth­ers 1-1.

Napoli had al­ready lost here a cou­ple of weeks ago and the Oro­bici sat just one point be­hind In­ter in the ta­ble.

It was a dis­as­trous start for In­ter, as Remo Freuler’s cor­ner was flicked on for An­drea Masiello to com­fort­ably nod in at the back post.

Mo­ments later, it was al­most 20, as this time Samir Han­danovic got his gloves to the An­drea Conti free header from a Boukary Drame’ cross.

In­ter strug­gled hor­ri­bly and failed to test Etrit Ber­isha at all in the first half.

There was more bad news, as Gary Medel was caught on cam­era lash­ing out an el­bow at Jas­min Kur­tic’s head in mid­field. As it was not spot­ted by the of­fi­cials, video ev­i­dence can be used in this case.

Ata­lanta lost de­fender Rafael Toloi to a thigh strain on the stroke of half-time, re­placed by Ab­doulay Konko.

In­ter seemed a lit­tle live­lier af­ter the restart, but scored a goal out of ab­so­lutely nowhere when Eder hit a ground to air mis­sile of a free kick into the top cor­ner from a good 35 me­tres. Gian Piero Gasperini was sent off for dis­sent, feel­ing the orig­i­nal free kick award was soft, but it was Eder’s first Serie A goal since April.

Ata­lanta fought back and Han­danovic beat a Konko header away from the wait­ing Masiello on an­other dan­ger­ous cor­ner.

Da­vide San­ton leapt to pre­vent Papu Gomez meet­ing Drame’s cross, then Jei­son Murillo had to come slid­ing in top stop sub­sti­tute Mauri­cio Pinilla tap­ping in a Franck Kessie’ as­sist.

Etrit Ber­isha had a rare save to make, par­ry­ing a pow­er­ful Ivan Perisic ef­fort, but In­ter shot them­selves in the foot late on with San­ton’s fool­ish mist­imed tackle on Kessie’. Han­danovic got his fin­ger­tips to the Pinilla penalty, but couldn’t keep it out.

Udi­nese 3 - 1 Pescara

Cyril Thereau’s brace and Du­van Za­p­ata gave Udi­nese a much-needed 3-1 vic­tory over Pescara.

The Da­cia Arena hosted a rel­e­ga­tion dog­fight be­tween two sides locked to­gether on the edge of the drop zone. It was the first home match for Gigi Del Neri af­ter a de­but de­feat to Ju­ven­tus, but he missed Pablo Armero, Pana­gi­o­tis Kone, Ewan­dro and Adal­berto Pe­naranda. The Delfini had An­drea Coda sus­pended, plus Rey Manaj, Va­le­rio Verre, JeanChristophe Ba­he­beck, Alessan­dro Crescenzi, Robert Muric and Nor­bert Gy­omber in­jured. Francesco Zam­pano re­turned from his ban.

This fix­ture had been played three times in the top flight, all of them Udi­nese vic­to­ries. In fact, Pescara had never beaten the Fri­u­lani, home or away in all com­pe­ti­tion, manag­ing just three points from eight at­tempts.

Le­dian Me­mushaj al­most scored within two min­utes, but opted to roll across the six-yard box rather than shoot and there was no­body ready to tap in. Mo­ments later Cyril Thereau’s an­gled drive flashed just wide of the far post.

Du­van Za­p­ata was go­ing clear on Thereau’s through ball when Hugo Cam­pag­naro bla­tantly pulled him by the shoul­ders for an in­evitable penalty.

Thereau stepped up and con­verted with a cheeky Pa­nenkastyle chip.

Pescara main­tained more pos­ses­sion and Gian­luca Caprari was un­lucky not to score a stun­ner, as his ac­ro­batic mid-air scis­sor-kick vol­ley from 12 yards bounced off the cross­bar.

Ah­mad Be­nali drilled just wide, but Udi­nese wasted a golden op­por­tu­nity on the counter when Thereau over-hit the pass with Ro­drigo De Paul to­tally un­marked.

Du­van Za­p­ata also pulled an an­gled drive wide fol­low­ing a de­fen­sive er­ror. Af­ter the restart, Danilo risked an own goal with some des­per­ate de­fend­ing and Cam­pag­naro stopped Du­van Za­p­ata tap­ping in an Emil Hall­freds­son ball across the face of goal.

Udi­nese dou­bled their lead when Al­bano Biz­zarri only par­ried an Emanuel Badu strike into the path of Thereau, as the French for­ward com­pleted his brace.

Pescara were re­warded for their pos­ses­sion and ap­proach play by get­ting back into the game with Aquilani, who did well to stroke a sur­pris­ingly pow­er­ful fin­ish in from the edge of the area with the in­side of the right boot.

How­ever, deep into stop­pages Alessan­dro Crescenzi naively pulled Du­van Za­p­ata’s shirt and the penalty was again too ob­vi­ous to ig­nore.

This time the Colom­bian con­verted it him­self to put the re­sult beyond doubt.

Cagliari 3 - 5 Fiorentina

Fiorentina fought back from an early goal to crush Cagliari 5-3 in this re­mark­ably en­ter­tain­ing match.

The Sar­dini­ans were brim­ming with con­fi­dence af­ter a shock vic­tory over In­ter at San Siro last week, de­spite miss­ing Joao Pe­dro, Diego Farias and Ar­tur Ionita to long-term in­juries.

Marco Bor­riello re­turned from the start with Marco Sau, rest­ing Fed­erico Mel­chiorri. The Vi­ola had a full squad to choose from, as Josip Ili­cic re­cov­ered from an an­kle prob­lem.

Cagliari were un­beaten on home turf this sea­son and had won three of the last five Serie A meet­ings with Fiorentina, los­ing just one.

It took just a cou­ple of min­utes to break the dead­lock, as Ni­cola Murru’s mis­placed cross from the left turned into an as­sist, Da­vide Di Gen­naro fling­ing his head at it from close range.

Marco Storari got down quickly to beat away a dip­ping Ili­cic free kick, then was de­nied by Fabio Pisacane’s de­flec­tion af­ter a quick one-two with Nikola Kalinic.

Fiorentina did equalise with Kalinic, who sprung the off­side trap to get a glanc­ing header to Cris­tian Tello’s cross. Cagliari protested, but re­plays show the Croa­t­ian was level.

The off­side trap failed mis­er­ably yet again for the Vi­ola to go in front, as Kalinic’s ball over the top found Fed­erico Bernarde­schi com­pletely un­marked to vol­ley home.

Bernarde­schi turned the game around with a spec­tac­u­lar goal, tak­ing full ad­van­tage of de­fend­ers back­ing off him to smash a left-foot scorcher into the near top cor­ner from the edge of the box.

Cagliari sim­ply fell apart and Kalinic swung his right boot to send an­other fierce fin­ish into the top cor­ner.

The home de­fence was nowhere to be found and Kalinic com­pleted his sec­ond ca­reer Serie A hat-trick, ris­ing for a pre­cise header on Tello’s cross.

Storari kept the score­line down by us­ing his foot to deny a Kalinic ef­fort, then Ili­cic’s fol­low-up struck team­mate Maxi Oliv­era.

Cagliari did pull one back from a Di Gen­naro cor­ner, as Marco Ca­puano had just come off the bench and was left to­tally un­marked to nod in.

Ia­nis Hagi, the 18-year-old son of Ro­ma­nia leg­end Ghe­o­rghe, came off the bench for his Serie A de­but.

Fiorentina per­haps rested on their lau­rels and the hosts took ad­van­tage, an­other Di Gen­naro cor­ner find­ing Marco Bor­riello’s free header for 5-3.

It re­mained a fas­ci­nat­ing match, as Bernarde­schi’s pow­er­ful free kick skimmed the bar, but Cagliari threat­ened again with Si­mone Padoin and Fed­erico Mel­chiorri. Yes­ter­day Udi­nese-Pescara ............................ 3-1 Thereau 9’, 71’ (U), Aquilani 74’ (P), Za­p­ata 90+3’ pen (U) Ata­lanta-In­ter ................................ 2-1 Masiello 10’ (A), Eder 50’ (I), Pinilla 88’ (A) Cagliari-Fiorentina ......................... 3-5 Di Gen­naro 2’ (C), Kalinic 20’ (F), Bernarde­schi 26’, 32’ (F), Kalinic 40’, 53’ (F), Ca­puano 62’ (C), Bor­riello 77’ (C) Cro­tone-Napoli ............................. 1-2 Calle­jon 17’ (N), Mak­si­movic 33’ (N), Rosi 89’ (C) Em­poli-Chievo ............................... 0-0 Torino-Lazio ................................... 2-2 Falque 20’ (T), Im­mo­bile 71’ (L), Mur­gia 84’ (L), Lja­jic 90+2 (T) Bologna-Sas­suolo .......................... 1-1 Verdi 10’ (B), Ma­tri 87’ (S) AS Roma-Palermo .......................... 4-1 Salah 31’ (R), Pare­des 46’ (R), Dzeko 68’ (R), Quai­son 80’ (P), El Shaarawy 82’ (R) Ju­ven­tus AS Roma AC Mi­lan Napoli Torino Lazio Chievo Ata­lanta Sas­suolo Cagliari Fiorentina Genoa Bologna In­ter Sam­p­do­ria Udi­nese Pescara Em­poli Palermo Cro­tone

Serie B 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9

To­day Spezia-Cit­tadella

Lega Pro A 7 6 6 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 2 3 3 2 1 1 1 3 3 3 2 2 1 4 3 3 1 2 17 6 21 2 23 11 19 2 16 11 19 2 17 10 17 2 19 11 15 2 16 10 15 3 10 9 14 4 12 13 13 4 12 14 13 4 16 19 13 2 11 9 12 2 9 7 12 3 10 13 12 4 11 12 11 4 10 12 11 5 10 15 10 4 9 14 7 5 2 11 6 5 6 16 6 8 7 20 1

Yes­ter­day Luc­ch­ese-Prato ................................ 3-0 Lupa Roma-Giana Er­minio ............... 0-0 Ol­bia-Alessan­dria ............................ 1-4 Pro Pi­a­cenza-Viterbese ................... 2-1 Re­nate-Pont­ed­era ........................... 3-0 Pis­toiese-Como ............................... 1-1 Tut­tocuoio-Cre­monese .................... 0-1 Rac­ing Roma-Car­rarese ................... 0-1 Siena-Pi­a­cenza ................................ 2-3 To­day Livorno-Arezzo

Lega Pro C

Yes­ter­day Akra­gas-Taranto ............................... 1-1 Cata­nia-Lecce .................................. 2-0 Catan­zaro-Melfi ............................... 2-2 Fondi-Sira­cusa ................................ 2-0 Vir­tus Fran­cav­illa-Vi­bonese ............. 3-1 Messina-Caser­tana .......................... 2-1 Pa­ganese-Juve Stabia ...................... 1-2 An­dria-Cosenza ............................... 2-0 Fog­gia-Mo­nop­oli ............................. 4-1 Reg­gina 1914-Mat­era ...................... 2-6

Stand­ings

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