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Roma 2-0 Napoli: Pjanic punishes Napoli after two Cannavaro fouls

October 21, 2013
Roma 2-0 Napoli: Pjanic punishes Napoli after two Cannavaro fouls

Roma still have a 100% record in Serie A, and extended their gap over second-placed Napoli to five points. Rudi Garcia changed both his full-backs – Federico Balzaretti was suspended so Dodo played at left-back, with Maicon back in for Vasilis Torosidis. Rafael Benitez was unable to use Gonzalo Higuain from the start, so Goran Pandev...
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Inter 0-3 Roma: Totti drags Inter’s back three out of shape to prompt quick attacks

October 8, 2013
Inter 0-3 Roma: Totti drags Inter’s back three out of shape to prompt quick attacks

Roma maintained their 100% record with a win at previously unbeaten Inter. Walter Mazzarri made two changes from the 1-1 draw at Cagliari, bringing in Saphir Taider and Rodrigo Palacio for Mateo Kovacic and Ishak Belfodil. Predictably, Rudi Garcia kept exactly the same side which demolished Bologna 5-0. This was another superb Roma display – and although...
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Juventus 1-0 Milan: Milan press Pirlo at goal-kicks, but not in midfield

April 22, 2013
Juventus 1-0 Milan: Milan press Pirlo at goal-kicks, but not in midfield

A reverse of the previous meeting between the sides – the only goal came from the penalty spot in another disappointing contest. Antonio Conte continued with the 3-5-1-1 that worked excellently away at Lazio, with Giorgio Chiellini returningin place of Federico Peluso. Max Allegri was still without Mario Balotelli, and Mathieu Flamini was also banned. Massimo...
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Fiorentina 2-2 Milan: Montella reacts calmly to Fiorentina’s first-half setbacks

April 8, 2013
Fiorentina 2-2 Milan: Montella reacts calmly to Fiorentina’s first-half setbacks

Despite a numerical disadvantage and two men injured early on, Fiorentina came back from 2-0 down to keep their Champions League hopes alive. Vincenzo Montella was surprisingly able to call upon Stevan Jovetic – although he didn’t look 100% fit, and didn’t make it to the second half. Gonzalo Rodriguez was unavailable, so Nenad Tomovic...
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Lazio 0-2 Fiorentina: Ledesma shows how not to play the holding midfield role – again

March 11, 2013
Lazio 0-2 Fiorentina: Ledesma shows how not to play the holding midfield role – again

A familiar, assured passing performance from Fiorentina – but a rare away victory. They leapfrog Lazio into fourth. Vladimir Petkovic was without right-winger Antonio Candreva after his red card against Milan last week, so moved Alvaro Gonzales to the flank and used Ederson in the middle. Lorik Cana started at the back, in place of...
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