This year’s Serie A season got off to a belated start due to player strikes and international football meaning the kick-off was delayed until the 9th of September. But what a start it was. AC Milan fought back a two goal deficit to draw 2-2 with Lazio at San Siro and the goal glut continued throughout the weekend, right up until Sunday night at the Stadio Renzo Barbera in Sicily as Palermo entertained Internazionale.
With 74 minutes on the clock and the score locked at 2-2 Mauricio Pinilla was summoned by caretaker head coach Devis Maniga – long story simplified by two words; Maurizio Zamperini – to replace Uruguayan Abel Hernandez. Two loose touches from the mercurial Chilean moments after coming on gave the impression that he was still trying to rid himself of rust picked up from the recent niggling injuries which have besot his career. Yet La Rosanero went ahead when Pinilla’s strike partner Fabrizio Miccoli bent a free-kick inside Julio Cesar’s near post.