Cagliari reaped the dues of misfortune when they fell to a 1-0 defeat to Atalanta despite hitting the woodwork three times at the Atleti Azzurri d’Itaila.
It was a relegation battle at it’s finest and the Sardinians had to travel to Bergamo without the services of the star strikers Mauricio Pinilla and Nene.
Nontheless, Victory Ibarbo had a scoring chance after just seven minutes when he unleashed a screamer from 20-yards which rattled the inside of the post. He incredibly hit the same post just moments later with his rising strike.
Cagliari were exceptionally unlucky, hitting the frame of the goal for the third and final time when Daniele Conti hit the woodwork from his free-kick.
But Atalanta got the better of the fortune when they grabbed the lead in the 68th minute when Giacomo Bonaventura got on the end of Franco Brienza’s free-kick.
As the tension started to boil over, Ibarbo was handed his marching orders with a straight red card for an elbow on Cristian Raimondi.
Alessandro Matri made the perfect start to his career in Tuscany, scoring two goals and providing an assist as Fiorentina demolished Catania 3-0.
The first goal arrived in the 25th minute when Matri, who was on the edge of the box, flicked up a ball to Mati Fernandez and he connected with a low volley to make it 1-0.
The Milan loanee made his debut even better when he prodded home Manuel Pasqual’s cross from six-yards out just three minutes later.
And it swiftly became a dream start for the hit-man when he completed his brace just before the break. Alberto Frison did brilliantly to beat away a deflected Mati Fernandez attempt, but could do nothing on the follow-up from Matri.
Parma left it until the last minute to snatch a 2-1 victory over Chievo at the Stadio Bentegodi.
The visitors had a fantastic chance to take the lead within two minutes, but Jonathan Bianbiany’s threaded ball to Marco Parolo meant he hit the base of the upright.
Chievo then took the lead under chaotic circumstances. A save was made from point-black range, mone Bentivoglio nodded on to the bar and Alberto Paloschi eventually pounced push the ball over the line from close range.
Parma thought they could have had the equalizer almost immediately after but Amauri saw his penalty denied by Christian Puggioni.
Nonetheless, Antonio Cassano made it 1-1 with his goal just before the hour when he fired a daisy-cutter from the edge of the box.
But as the game look destined to end 1-1, Alessandro Lucarelli hit a seemingly harmless shot at the near post that Puggioni allowed to bounce off his gloves and it skimmed right over to give Parma a crucial 2-1 win.
The win moves Parma up to eighth on the Serie A log, while Chievo remain 16th on the log.
Luca Antonelli continued Inter’s crisis by handing Genoa a 1-0 win at the Luigi Ferraris with his late second-half strike.
There were flood warnings before the game and the rain resumed soon after kick-off. Mattia Perin was in doubt with an injury, but performed a great save on Jonathan’s strike at the near post.
The Brazilian was denied of another goalscoring chance when his effort was charged down, before Alberto Gilardino had the ball in the back of the net on the other end of the field, but it was correctly flagged for offside.
Inter dominated most of the game and they saw chance after chance go astray in which Perin brilliantly kept a powerful Fredy Gaurin volley.
Gilardino looked certain to score from seven yards until Juan Jesus threw himself at his feet to block. However, from the resulting corner Antonelli was left unmarked in the middle for a free header to give Genoa the victory.
Ciro Immobile and Matte o Brighi got on the scoresheet as Torino claimed a 2-0 win over Sassuolo on Sunday afternoon.
The Neroverdi were confident coming into the encounter after they bounced back from a two-goal deficit to claim a 4-3 victory over Milan last Sunday evening.
Immobile put Torino in front after 25 minutes when he pounced on a defensive error to intercept Longhi and debutant Thomas Manfredini in the centre-circle. The youngster surged forward and chipped the goalkeeper to make it 1-0.
Torino’s lead was doubled at the restart. Gianluca Pegolo did well to parry away Alessio Cerci’s shot at the near post but he couldn’t do anything with Brighi’s rebounded effort to secure the win.
Milan-Hellas Verona (1-0)
Clarence Seedorf’s debut on the Milan bench ended 1-0 in favour for Milan over Hellas Verona at the San Siro on Sunday evening.
The Dutchman took over as the club’s head coach after he replaced Massimiliano Allegri on the bench following his sacking on Monday morning due to the 4-3 defeat to Sassuolo.
It was almost a dream debut on the bench for the returning 37-year-old as the Rossoneri dominated most of the match creating chance after chance but struggled to the break deadlock.
Robinho was denied of the upright midway through the second-half but after Kaka was brought down in the box, a penalty was awarded to the home team.
Mario Balotelli did no wrong from the spot-kick, blasting home an effort into the right side of the goal just eight minutes from time.
The win will keep Milan in 11th place on the Serie A log, but it is a positive start that will bode well for the struggling giants.