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Serie A wrap: Inter suffer Novara shock

12 February 2012 23:42

Novara shocked Inter Milan for the second time this season with a 1-0 win at the San Siro courtesy of Andrea Caracciolo's curling finish.

The Serie A strugglers won their third match of the season despite going down to ten men when Ivan Radovanovic was sent from the field with ten minutes remaining.

Playing largely on the break, Novara took some time to threaten Inter who welcomed back Wesley Sneijder, Dejan Stankovic and Diego Forlan.

Sneijder stung the palms of Samir Ujkani from 20 yards with the first real shot of the match and saw another effort skim the post before Diego Milito could not turn the ball in at full stretch.

Novara went looking on the counter attack in the second half and took a shock lead through Caracciola on 56 minutes.

Julio Cesar was at full stretch but could not stop the ball from going in the far bottom corner.

Radovanovic was sent from the field with a second yellow for petulantly kicking the ball away after Yuto Nagatomo was awarded a free kick.

Giampaolo Pazzini, Sneijder, Esteban Cambiasso and Stankovic had late efforts as Inter laid siege to Novara's goal but the visitors held on for their first Serie A away win in 56 years.

Elsewhere, Pablo Barrientos netted a quick-fire double in the second half as Catania beat Genoa 4-0.

Franscesco Lodi converted a seventh-minute penalty after Alejandro Gomez was fouled before Barrientos added a second, and soon a third from Gonzalo Bergessio's quick pass on the break.

Bergessio rounded out the scoring following Barrientos' 49th and 52nd minute strikes to fire past the goalkeeper in the 62nd minute.

Atalanta's scoring woes continued as they hit the post twice on their way to a goalless draw with struggling Lecce.

The home side could not find a way past Julio Sergio despite hitting the woodwork twice through Guido Marilungo and Federico Peluso.

Atalanta had scored only twice in the Serie A in their past five encounters.

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Serie A preview: Udinese target Milan

9 February 2012 17:15

Udinese have a chance to close the gap on second-placed AC Milan in Serie A this week, while Inter Milan will be out to end their poor run.

Francesco Guidolin's Udinese, three points adrift of AC Milan, host Saturday's clash, when the visitors will be without star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Sweden international was red-carded in his team's 0-0 draw at home to Napoli on Sunday, and handed a three-match ban AC Milan intend to appeal.

Ibrahimovic has netted 15 league goals this campaign, a tally bettered only by Udinese forward Antonio Di Natale (16).

Inconsistent Udinese have failed to win consecutive games this year, but they have the opportunity to take a step toward second by defeating Milan at Stadio Friuli.

Freezing temperatures across Italy have forced several Serie A games to be postponed in recent weeks, but all are scheduled to go ahead.

Elsewhere, Claudio Ranieri's Inter enter their clash against Novara on Sunday on the back of a four-match winless run in all competitions.

Inter had looked potential title challengers after recovering from their slow start to the campaign, but losses to Roma and Lecce have seen them fall nine points adrift of leaders Juventus.

Juventus travel to the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara to take on Bologna, and will be hoping to maintain their unbeaten league record, which has stretched to 21 matches.

Antonio Conte's men also took a step closer to booking a spot in the Coppa Italia final with a 2-1 win over AC Milan in the first leg of their semi-final on Wednesday.

Lazio could briefly move third if they beat Cesena on Thursday.

That fixture has been moved forward because of the Six Nations rugby clash between Italy and England, which is to be played in Rome on Saturday.

In other matches, Parma welcome Fiorentina to the Stadio Ennio Tardini on Sunday, Palermo face Cagliari, and Roma host struggling Siena.

Catania sit 14th despite heading into their clash against Genoa on the back of a five-game winless league run, while Napoli host Chievo.

Elsewhere, Lecce are three points from safety ahead of their trip to Atalanta.

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +48 84
2 38 +41 80
3 38 +17 64
4 38 +9 62
5 38 +20 61
6 38 +3 58
7 38 +6 56
8 38 +1 56
9 38 -2 51
10 38 -10 49
11 38 -5 48
12 38 -2 46
13 38 -6 46
14 38 +0 44
15 38 -9 43
16 38 -10 43
17 38 -19 42
18 38 -16 36
19 38 -30 32
20 38 -36 22