Antonio Mirante [Parma]
Shut out Rodrigo Palacio until Serie A's top scorer struck with a last minute penalty. Won the game with two blinding saves, first from Jorquera's Exocet then his lightning reactions foiled Constant for the second. Dependable.
Hugo Campagnaro [Napoli]
Another top performance saw him set the pattern early when he crucially blocked a Pazzini strike. Coolly assured throughout, he opened the scoring with Inzaghi-like opportunism after slamming in the rebound from Hamsik's penalty. Demanding.
Mehdi Benatia [Udinese]
The Moroccan international was a powerhouse, limiting the Bologna forwards to literally scraps. Also found time and space to get up field, scoring the opener after finding space from a corner. Domineering.
Paolo Cannavaro [Napoli]
Was the complete central defender – blocking, anticipating and sweeping up any danger. As always performs with an insistent belief in his indestructibility. If he was a waiter he would be serving filet mignon. Decisive.
Juan Zuniga [Napoli]
Was to the left flank what Campagnaro was to the right and negated the normally great Maicon with ease. Had a chance to score but failed in what was his only mistake. Diligent.
Cristian Maggio [Napoli]
Won the penalty, dictated the game and linked up well with the excellent Inler. His burst of pace burnt Nagatomo and with a wonderfully single-minded purpose, robbed him of the ball before looping it over Cesar to score. Determined.
Daniele De Rossi [Roma]
Cannot be stopped and showing some of his best ever form. Marshals the midfield from his key role in front of the defence and his perfect pass helped Krkic score the opener. Distinguished.
Claudio Marchiso [Juventus]
Struck up a superb relationship with the indomitable Pirlo and had several shots on goal before exploiting Bonera's mistake to score the opener. His second came from a long range screamer that Abbiati failed to control. Daring.
Sebastian Giovinco [Parma]
The Atomic Ant scurried everywhere, could not be controlled and was a complete nuisance as well as scoring twice. Capped off a fine game by setting up Morrone's goal with a clever header. Dynamic.
Miroslav Klose [Lazio]
Seemed to be everywhere and laid on the first goal with his accurate pass to Hernanes. Almost scored another two, just minutes before nodding home the winner from close range. Dangerous.
Pablo Osvaldo [Roma]
A constant menace, continually pushing forward and getting on the end of some excellent balls from midfield. Scored the second goal by slotting it past Consigli with his right foot, following some wonderful ball control. Delightful.
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