Week 9 was a bit of a controversial weekend with some questionable refereeing decisions, especially in the Catania vs. Juventus game where Catania had a legitimate goal harshly disallowed by the linesman. Both Milan clubs won, AC Milan struggled at home against Genoa while Inter are firing and won 3-1 away at Bologna. For the Roman clubs it was a different story as both clubs had bad days at the office.
Saturday 27th October
The opening game of the weekend which was Siena vs. Palermo ended up goalless.
AC Milan struggled at home against Genoa and a late second half strike from former Genoa player Stephan El Shaarawy gave AC Milan the win.
Sunday 28th October
The lunch time game provided to be a controversial one, Catania lost at home to Juventus thanks to a second half goal from Arturo Vidal. Catania thought they had taken the lead in the first half when Gonzalo Bergessio had a goal ruled out for offside, but on replays it showed that the Argentine striker was clearly onside. To make matters worse Giovanni Marchese was sent off in the second half for picking up two yellows.
Cagliari made it two wins in two games with a 1-0 win at Sampdoria and it was former Sampdoria midfielder Daniele Dessena who got the winner with a fine header.
Fiorentina managed to overcame Lazio who were in fine form and the Viola won the game 2-0.Adem Ljajic got the opening goal of the game with a brilliant strike, the Serbian hit a wonderful effort which was a goal of the week contender. Luca Toni added a second with a brilliant piece of individual skill by the big man. Lazio ended the game with nine men when Hernanes and Cristian Ledesma were sent off.
Pescara and Atalanta ended up goalless but Atalanta was reduced to ten men just two minutes into the second half when Federico Peluso was sent off for two yellow cards.
Inter won away at Bologna and their fine form continues, Andrea Ranocchia gave inter the lead with a looping header. Diego Milito doubled the lead after a fine counter attacking goal. Nicolo Cherubin pulled one back for Bologna, but it was short lived as Esteban Cambiasso got Inter third with a fine deft chipped finish.
Parma won away at Torino 3-1 with all four of the goals coming in the second half, Torino were reduced to ten men when Gianluca Sansone was sent off for two yellow cards. The second was for simulation. Parma scored three goals in a space of sixteen minutes, goals from Nicola Sansone, Amauri an Aleandro Rosi gave Parma a 3-0 lead. In stoppage time Torino pulled one back thanks to Migjen Basha.
There were two Sunday night games. Napoli took on Chievo in Naples and won the game in the second half thanks to a goal from Marek Hamsik. There was a red card in this game for Chievo as Kamil Vacek was sent off for two yellows after blocking off Marek Hamsik.
The second of the Sunday night games was a right tale of two halves. Roma raced into a 2-0 goal lead inside twenty five minutes at home to Udinese. Both goals came from Erik Lamela. But Udinese hit back as Maurizio Domizzi pulled one back. Then four minutes into the second half Antonio Di Natale equalised before with minutes remaining, Di Natale won the game from the penalty spot with a Paneka penalty past Maarten Stekelenburg. It got worse for Roma when they were reduced to ten men when Panagiotis Tachtsidis was sent off for picking up two yellows in the space of five seconds for dissent as Roma lost their heads.