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Serie A Round-Up - Ibra Sees Red In Freezing Milan

Monday 6th February 2012
They say that the more things change, the more they stay the same. So it is perhaps fitting that, despite changing clubs with impressive regularity, Zlatan Ibrahimovic still hasn't put his fiery temperament behind him. The temperamental Swede saw red against Napoli after slapping defender Salvatore Aronica – himself guilty of hitting Antonio Nocerino, although the contact was not seen by the referee – in a 0-0 draw at the San Siro.

In a week that saw Italy hampered by bad weather – with several games postponed due to frozen pitches – the defending champions and last year's surprise package huffed and puffed to no avail. Milan can blame Robinho's lack of precision in front of goal, while Napoli felt they should have done better in the last 15 minutes when they didn't make their numerical superiority count.

The draw leaves Milan a point behind leaders Juventus, having played one more game, while Napoli remain seventh, eight points adrift of the fourth spot currently occupied by Lazio.

Edy Reja's team traveled to Genoa on a high following their 2-0 win against Milan in midweek, but were beaten by a spirited home side, which was helped no end by a catalogue of defensive errors. Trailing 2-0 at the break to goals from Rodrigo Palacio and Bosko Jankovic, a slip by Javier Garrido allowed Jankovic to seal Genoa's third goal barely nine seconds into the second half. Lazio pulled one back through a Cristian Ledesma penalty, before being reduced to 10 men when Mobido Diakite's views weren't shared by the referee. Alvaro Gonzalez's goal came too late for the Eagles, as Genoa celebrated a first league win at home against Lazio since 1992.

Juventus remain top of the table despite an unexpected stalemate draw at home against Siena. The game, played in sub-zero temperatures in a freezing Turin, was a dull affair. Siena set out to nullify Juventus and succeeded, almost without breaking sweat. The league leaders – who were left incensed by referee Peruzzo's decision to not award a penalty after Vergassola looked to have handled the ball in the box – extended their unbeaten record to 21 games, but missed a great opportunity to extend their lead.

Third-placed Udinese were beaten 3-2 in Florence by a Stefan Jovetic-inspired Fiorentina. Following Antonio Di Natale's opener, the striker's 16th goal of the season, Fiorentina drew level before the break thanks to Jovetic's penalty. A header from Mattia Cassani and another Jovetic penalty sealed the game for the Viola in the second half, despite Gabriel Torje's late consolation goal for Udinese.

A couple of seasons ago, Roma and Inter used to be fierce rivals for the Scudetto, while now they battle out for a Champions League spot. Claudio Ranieri's return to the eternal city was far from what he had expected, as he saw his side thumped 4-0 by the Giallorossi. A brace by former Swansea man Fabio Borini either side of half time and goals from Juan and Bojan saw Luis Enrique's side move within two points of fifth-placed Inter, who seem to be slumping back down the table.

In yesterday's other games, Parma won 2-1 at Chievo, while Palermo disposed of Atalanta with the same scoreline. The clashes between Novara and Cagliari and Lecce and Bologna were both stalemate draws.
Daniele Cancian

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