Serie A Week 19 Review: Sassuolo adds to AC Milan woes as Max Allegri is sacked


Four goals from Domenico Berardi gave Sassuolo a 4-3 home win on Sunday night against AC Milan. On Monday the AC Milan hierarchy had no option to fire Max Allegri from his position at the club. Juventus won their eleventh straight win on the bounce 4-1 away at Cagliari. Roma came back from their Turin nightmare with an emphatic 4-0 win over Genoa. Napoli went to Verona and defeated Hellas Verona 3-0.

Saturday 11th January
The first game of the weekend had Parma travel to Livorno, Parma came away with a 3-0 away win. Raffaele Palladino opened the scoring with a volley from a Jonathan Biabiany cross. Amauri added two goals in the second half including one from the penalty spot. After this match it was confirmed that Livorno coach Davide Nicola was relieved of his duties.

The Saturday night game had Lazio travel to Bologna who recently appointed Davide Balladini as their new coach. The game itself wasn’t the best of games and it ended in a dour 0-0 draw.

Sunday 12th January
The lunch time kick off game had Fiorentina travel to Turin to face Torino, the game ended 0-0 but both teams had chances to give their side the three points.

Juventus travelled to face Cagliari and in the crowd was an unexpected guest in David Moyes who was on a scouting mission but who was he scouting? Mauricio Pinilla gave Cagliari a shock lead, but Juventus hit back with goals from Fernando Llorente X2, Claudio Marchisio and Stephan Lichtsteiner.

Roma bounced back after losing 3-0 to Juventus last week with an emphatic win over Genoa. A wonderful goal from Alessandro Florenzi gave Roma the lead, Florenzi acrobatically overhead kick past the flat footed Genoa keeper. The Remaining goals were added from Francesco Totti, Maicon and Mehdi Benatia. Matuzalem for Genoa was sent off while being substituted after gesturing to the Roma fans.

In the Bergamo fog, Atalanta got a crucial win over relegation threatened Catania, German Denis gave Atalanta the lead via the penalty spot. Maxi Moralez doubled Atalanta lead, Sebastian Leto added a consolation for Catania but it wasn’t enough.

Napoli travelled to Verona against the surprise side of this season Hellas Verona, Napoli came away with a very impressive 3-0 win. Goals from Dries Mertens, Lorenzo Insigne and Blerim Dzemaili. Lorenzo Insigne became the first Italian to score for Napoli this season in the league.

The Sunday night game was a seven goal thriller, AC Milan travelled to Sassuolo and raced into a two goal lead thanks to goals from Robinho and Mario Balotelli. Then Sassuolo went into a 4-2 lead thanks to four goals from 19 year old striker Domenico Berardi. But in a tense final moments AC Milan pegged one back thanks to a strike from Riccardo Montolivo, then almost equalised moments later when Gianpaolo Pazzini headed against the crossbar from five yards out. Sassuolo held on to a special win and on Monday Max Allegri was sacked as coach of AC Milan and Clarence Seedorf is the man in pole position to replace him.

Monday 13th January

There were two games on Monday evening, the first was Udinese trip to Sampdoria. The home side came up on top 3-0 thanks to two goals from Eder and Daniele Gastaldello. There was also three red cards in the game, Allan and Gabriel Silva was sent off for Udinese while Roberto Soriano was sent off for Sampdoria.

The final game of the week was Inter Milan home match against the flying donkeys of Chievo, the away side took a shock lead when Alberto Paloschi volleyed past Samir Handanovic with ease. But minutes later Inter equalised as Yuto Nagatomo got in front of his marker to equalise. Inter thought they took the lead as Yuto Nagatomo scored a second but it was disallowed for offside.