Serie A wrap: Inter heap misery on Milan in Derby della Madonnina
Walter Samuel's secured a Internazionale win in the Derby della Madonnina and heaped more misery on AC Milan
Inter win Derby della Madonnina
Internazionale moved into third place behind Juventus and Napoli after edging to a narrow 1-0 victory over AC Milan in the Derby della Madonnina on Sunday night. Massimiliano Allegri, who led Milan to the Serie A title in 2011, is now teetering on the brink, with the Rossoneri languishing in 11th place, 12 points behind the Old Lady. It was veteran Argentina defender Walter Samuel who netted the winning goal in the third minute when he headed past Christian Abbiati after his compatriot Esteban Cambiasso delivered a wicked free-kick into the Milan area. Unsurprisingly, it was a bad-tempered Milan derby, and Inter were reduced to 10 men in the 48th minute when Yuto Nagatoma picked up a second booking. Milan heaped pressure on the Nerazzurri in the second half and Allegri’s men were denied a dubious penalty when Samuel appeared to foul Robinho. Antonio Cassano, who left Milan to move to Inter this summer, was unsurprisingly jeered by supporters throughout.
Udinese fail to follow up Anfield exploits
If Francesco Guidolin hoped his Udinese squad would capitalise on a morale-boosting 3-2 comeback against Liverpool in the Europa League when they made the trip to Naples on Sunday night, the 56-year-old was sorely mistaken. He was named Italy’s manager of the year in February, prompting Jose Mourinho to congratulate the Udinese head coach, but the northerners have endured a disappointing start to their Serie A campaign. They extended their winless run to three games with a 2-1 defeat by Napoli which leaves them toiling in 11th place, five points behind sixth place. Edinson Cavani came close to giving the home side a first-half lead with a low header, before a stylish move saw the Uruguayan striker produce an innovative back heel into the path of Christian Maggio who timed his pass to perfection to Marek Hamsik, with the captain deftly turning the ball into Udinese’s net. Giampero Pinzi drew the visitors level in the 42nd minute before Goran Pandev’s superb solo effort secured three points on the stroke of half-time.
Former Villa man Bradley impresses for Roma
Michael Bradley’s agent insisted his client was focused on becoming “one of the pillars” of the Roma side on Monday despite on-going interest from La Liga outfit Valencia in the United States international. Bradley scored his first goal for the capital club since joining from Chievo in the summer in their 2-0 victory over Atalanta on Sunday. Argentina midfielder Erik Lamela combined with Francesco Totti to put Roma ahead in the 30th minute before Bradley pounced on Andrea Consigli’s save to wrap up three points in the second half. The Princeton-born midfielder, capped 69 times by the United States caught the eye of Roma following a series of eye-catching performances at Chievo, and a promising start to his start with I Lupi has led to interest from the Mestalla outfit. Bradley has been a journeyman around Europe since leaving MetroStars in 2005, playing for the Netherlands’ Heerenveen, Bundesliga outfit Borussia Mochengladbach and Aston Villa.
Goal of the week: Sampdoria’s Marseca’s free-kick against Chievo
In a week which has seen some superb free-kicks, including Luis Suarez’s strike against Udinese, Aleksander Kolarov’s viciously curling effort in a 3-0 win against Sunderland, and of course, Lionel Messi’s sublime goal in the El Clasico, it seems fitting this edition’s pick should be a free-kick from Sampdoria’s Enzo Maresca in a 2-1 win against Chievo.