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Hellas Verona-Chievo Verona (0-1)

Eugenio Corini made history with Chievo Verona as he led his side to a 1-0 win in the Verona derby upon his debut on the bench.

The fixture was the first derby at the Bentegodi Stadium in 11 years and it was lived up to its reputation of passion and chaos.

In the first-half Verona had appealed for a penalty from a Cesar handling offence. The referee considered it to be involuntary, even though his arm was outstretched as he misjudged the flight of the ball.

The ‘home’ side came out with the guns blazing in the second-half, but it was in stoppages that Juan Iturbe had the ball in the back of the net for Verona.  However, the referee disallowed it for a handling offence.

But, just when it seemed that both sets of teams were settling for a stalemate, the Flying Donkeys snatched a last gasp winner. Dejan Lazarevic was the man of the moment with his powerful strike from 12-yards out which flew past Rafael in goal to become the first team to defeat the Butei on home soil this season.

Milan-Genoa (1-1)

Mario Balotelli missed a penalty as Milan failed to beat a 10-man Genoa side in a league encounter at the San Siro on Saturday evening.

Entertainment certainly wasn’t lacking in the first-half of this encounter in which a goal, a penalty converted and penalty miss, along with a red card was put on display.

Ricky Kaka handed the hosts the lead after four minutes of play, but a foul by Urby Emanuelson on Sime Vrsaljko inside the box just minutes later saw Genoa pull one back on the spot through Alberto Gilardino.

The Rossoneri were handed a similar fate when Balotelli was brought down in the box by Thomas Manfredini. The latter was immediately sent off while the former failed to convert his spot kick to keep the score at 1-1.

It was a disappointing outing for the Rossoneri who failed to capatilise on the man advantage. Their defeat means they fall back into the bottom half of the table in 11th place.

Napoli-Parma (0-1)

Parma were rewarded with their valiant display against Napoli in which they ran out 1-0 winners against the Partenopei at the Stadio San Paolo.
Both goalkeepers were called into action on either end of the field but they held their own for the better part of the game.

Napoli were handed a major blow in which Marek Hamsik, who marked his return from injury in the 68th minute, only lasted  eight minutes on the field after sustaining another knock.

Antonio Cassano rubbed salt into the Southerners wounds with his excellent goal in the 81st minute which sealed an important victory for Parma.

Parma’s win moves them into the top half of the table, sitting two points ahead of stragglers Milan in 11th place. Napoli will continue to remain in third place but would fall eight points behind leaders Roma should they win on Monday evening against Cagliari.

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