ROME - Alexis Sanchez scored four goals
and Antonio Di Natale a hat-trick as Udinese romped to a 7-0 win
at nine-man Palermo on Sunday while Wesley Sneijder and Samuel
Eto'o gave champions Inter Milan a 2-0 win at Sampdoria.
Palermo's volatile president Maurizio Zamparini said coach
Delio Rossi had ruined his team and rated his chances of staying
at "one percent" after an extraordinary game that saw the
visitors race to a 5-0 half-time lead.
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Inter's win lifted the defending champions into second place
in Serie A, at least for 24 hours, one point above Napoli and
two behind leaders AC Milan.
Milan host Napoli on Monday.
Udinese and Roma, held 2-2 by Parma in Vincenzo Montella's
first home game in charge, gained ground on fourth-placed Lazio,
who lost 1-0 at Cagliari following a comical own goal from
Brazilian defender Andre Dias after 40 minutes.
The scenes in Sicily were remarkable, with Chile forward
Sanchez, tracked by Inter, scoring a first-half hat-trick and Di
Natale completing the rout with a penalty just after the hour.
Sanchez, applauded by Palermo fans when later substituted,
had grabbed his fourth after 48 minutes as Palermo fell apart,
with Armin Bacinovic and Matteo Darmian sent off for a second
booking and a professional foul either side of the break.
Udinese have been in superb form after a shaky start while
Palermo have started sliding down the table.
"Rossi has a one percent chance of staying. He has ruined my
Palermo," said Zamparini. "Rossi has destroyed this team."
Rossi refused to quit but added: "It is solely my fault. I
prepared badly for the game."
Udinese are fifth, a point behind Lazio in the Champions
League preliminary round spot.
European champions Inter bounced back from Wednesday's 1-0
Champions League defeat at home to Bayern Munich by scoring
twice in the last 20 minutes against an ailing Sampdoria.
Dutchman Sneijder put them ahead in the 73rd minute, curling
in a 30-metre free-kick as the slack hosts were still organising
their defensive wall.
Cameroon striker Eto'o cut inside his marker to rifle home
the second in stoppage time.
Inter goalkeeper Julio Cesar, whose blunder led to the
Bayern winner on Wednesday, made two important saves with the
score goalless while Sampdoria midfielder Andrea Poli hit the
Inter post just before half-time.
Roma coach Montella restored Francesco Totti to the starting
line-up after controversially putting his captain and
ex-striking partner on the bench for Wednesday's 1-0 win at
Totti, making his 600th club appearance, netted a debatable
penalty after 19 minutes and Juan bundled in after a corner to
give Roma a 2-0 half-time lead. But a quick double by Amauri in
the second half salvaged a point for Parma.
In the battle to avoid the drop, bottom side Bari drew 1-1
with Fiorentina, Brescia were held 2-2 by Lecce and third-bottom
Cesena grabbed a late 1-0 win at home to Chievo thanks to Luis
Jimenez's 90th-minute penalty.
Catania gave themselves a little breathing space with a 2-1
comeback win over Genoa, who had Domenico Criscito sent off for
a professional foul and then had goalscorer Antonio Floro Flores
and coach Davide Ballardini ordered from the bench for arguing.
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