Welcome to the second edition of the Serie A recap.
Standings implications. Juventus are now mathematically champions, but there was no doubt about that following the previous weekend’s results. Roma had already locked up a Champions League berth before even playing thanks to Inter’s loss. The undermanned Lazio salvaged a point in Crotone and have now a three-point margin heading into next week’s showdown with the Nerazzurri. Milan qualified to Europa League, Atalanta almost certainly because they hold a three point and seven-score advantage in the goal difference over Fiorentina. Sampdoria are out of the running. Next week’s games will determine who will have to go through the exhausting playoffs starting in July.
The victories of Cagliari, Chievo and Udinese put Spal and Crotone in real danger: the Sharks and the Estensi are tied for the third-to-last position, the Calabresi would go down if things stood. Chievo and Udinese have almost finished the job as they are two points over the duo, while the Sardinian just one point. It is wide open.
Confirmations. Leonardo Pavoletti buried another header, a seminal one in this case. Matteo Politano continues to slash quality defences. Simone Verdi converted another penalty, while Arek Milik is deadly these days. Emanuele Giaccherini and Roberto Inglese scored monumental goals for the Flying Donkeys. Simy continues to carry Crotone on his back. Andrea Masiello and Lorenzo De Silvestri have both recorded four goals this year, which is remarkable for two defenders.
Guess who is back. Andrea Belotti found the target with one of his customary moves against Spal, ending a six-game drought. Antonin Barak had not bagged one since late December, Franck Kessie since the end of February.
Flops of the round. Mauro Icardi missed a couple of sitters in Inter’s excruciating loss. Fiorentina did not do much against Cagliari after notching six goals in the past two games. No goals between Roma and Juventus and Radja Nainggolan inexplicably decided to get red carded in a low intensity game. Genoa’s attack did not come through against Benevento.
Surprise scorers. With Luis Alberto and Ciro Immobile out, Senad Lulic took and scored a penalty. We had seen him do the same in the past, but Federico Ceccherini netted his first of the season in the same game. Elsewhere, Alberto Grassi and Raul Albiol logged their second in the year.
Clutch goal of the day. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic control and conclusion in the box allowed Lazio to draw the Crotone game and to be in a way more comfortable position ahead of the Inter clash.
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