Several late goals changed the complexion of a number of Serie A games.
Drawing 1-1 against Lazio, substitute Alessandro Del Piero celebrated his 700th game for la Vecchia Signora with style. Still no sign of a new contract, ADP is doing his best to put pressure on the Juve board. Following Milan’s tough win at Chievo, Juventus were second again in the league, that is until il Pinturicchio found the net in the 82nd minute with a trademark freekick to maintain the Bianconeri’s one point lead over Milan.
In the fight for third spot Roma & Inter left it late to capitalise on Lazio’s slip up. After falling foul of an early Gaetano D’Agostino goal Inter had to fight for the victory. Following his equaliser, il Principe Diego Milito converted a penalty in the 81st minute to secure three points against Siena. With Milito’s 17th goal since New Year, the Nerazzuri remain 7th in Serie A, but more importantly, only six points off Lazio. Meanwhile Roma also took advantage of late goals to break a stalemate against Champions League rivals Udinese. In the 86th minute Francesco Totti broke the deadlock, quickly to be followed by a goal from the Brazilian Marquinho in stoppage time. With Roma only four points from their city rivals, the five teams contesting 3rd spot are separated by only six points.
In the relegation battle Serse Cosmi’s Lecce are slowly edging towards survival. Still 18th they are now only two points from 17th placed Genoa (who have not won for 2 months). With Adrian Mutu equalising for Cesena in the 75th minute against the Grifone, Lecce had the perfect opportunity to gain more ground on Genoa. Despite losing 1-0 to away to Catania with 88 minutes played, Lecce somehow managed to escape with all three points thanks to very late goals from Daniele Corvia and David Di Michele (midfielder Franceso Lodi had to play as goalkeeper for the final two minutes after Juan Pablo Carrizo was sent off after Corvia’s goal). With Cosmi doing an excellent job at the Salentini, they are looking increasing likely to (hopefully) beat the drop to Serie B, with Genoa, Fiorentina and Bologna all coming perilously close!