Spotlight: Stan the Man
Monday 16 October, 2006
Football Italia rounds up the winners and the losers from Week 6 of the Serie A season.

The winners…
Dejan Stankovic (Inter)
The Serbian midfielder came to Inter’s rescue against a spirited Catania outfit who caused the Italian giants numerous problems. But Stankovic netted a goal in either half – amazingly his first brace for the club – to fire them to the top of the table after the shock losses of Palermo and Roma.

Giuseppe Mascara (Catania)
A technically gifted attacking midfielder who used the San Siro as a stage to exhibit his undisputed quality. Mascara was a constant threat to the Nerazzurri who struggled all afternoon to keep the No 10’s contribution down to a minimum.

Ivan Pelizzoli (Reggina)
The Bergamo-born shot-stopper had a point to prove against Roma and he did just that. Although not overly tested by his former teammates, the goalkeeper – who cost the capital club £10m in 2001 – kept out Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi with fine stops in a soaking Reggio Calabria.

The losers…
Adriano (Inter)
There was a time when Adriano was possibly the most feared attacker on the face of the planet. Today, the Brazilian is a shadow of his former self after another substitution against Catania. He’s now amazingly gone 200 days without a goal for the Italian giants.

Francesco Totti (Roma)
Virtually anonymous for Roma at Reggina on Sunday. The soggy pitch conditions were obviously not suited to his supposed sublime talents and he wasn’t well supported, yet he did little in attack as the Giallorossi lost their place at the top of the table.

Andrea Sottil (Catania)
Fell into the trap of getting involved in a verbal confrontation with – surprise, surprise – Zlatan Ibrahimovic. After the pair exchanged a few shoves, then some colourful language, the experienced defender resorted to giving the Swede a middle-fingered salute.

The goals…
Giuseppe Mascara (Catania)
The Catania No 10 opened the scoring at the Meazza with a goal more accustomed to a PlayStation game. Having picked up the ball from a tight angle outside of the area, he chipped the ball up in the air and volleyed it over Julio Cesar in true Beach Soccer fashion. Call him Mascardinho!

Antonio Filippini (Livorno)
After scoring just nine goals in over 200 Serie A games, Antonio Filippini is unlikely to net a better strike than the one that made the game safe against Ascoli. Standing on the edge of the area, the former Lazio man smashed home his powerful volley with an effort which will live long in the memory.

Luca Toni (Fiorentina)
The Italian international has scored better goals in his career, but the strike which gave Fiorentina a win at Empoli deserves recognition for its slickness. Dario Dainelli started the move when his pass was instantly flicked on by Adrian Mutu for Toni to drive home.

The numbers…
Second to none
Udinese defender Dias Felipe had an afternoon to forget at Parma. The promising Brazilian, linked with moves to Milan and Juventus in the past, had to be substituted after just 36 seconds after picking up a substantial cut to his knee.

Admiral Nelson
Milan ‘keeper Nelson Dida conceded his first goal in Serie A for 446 minutes when Emiliano Bonazzoli nodded home his third goal of the season on Saturday. Stephen Makinwa of Lazio was the previous player to score past the Rossoneri in Week 1.

Spot off
Massimo Oddo’s amazing run of penalty successes came to an end against Cagliari. The Lazio defender had scored his last 14 from the spot before Antonio Chimenti’s great save. The Italian international’s career total from penalty kicks now reads 19 goals from 22 attempts.

Words: Antonio Labbate

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