Serie A Fantasy Recap – Round 5


Standings implications: Juventus eked out a win in Frosinone, while Napoli prevailed rather easily in the lunch match in Turin. Lazio put together a three-game winning streak by topping minnows. Milan and Atalanta shared the spoils in a very entertaining game. Inter grabbed their second Serie A win in dramatic fashion, while Roma are officially in a tailspin after the shocking loss to Bologna. Sassuolo and Fiorentina remain in the upper part of the standings thanks to their convincing victories over Empoli and SPAL, Udinese are a little lower, but still in a pretty good spot after defeating Chievo. Parma defeated a direct rival like Cagliari.

Confirmations: Kryztof Piatek and Rodrigo De Paul continue to light it up, Lorenzo Insigne profited again from his new role and bagged a brace. Ciro Immobile returned to the scoresheet with two exclamation points and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic showed up as well. Cristiano Ronaldo and Federico Bernardeschi came to the rescue late for the Old Lady. Kevin-Prince Boateng, Alejandro Gomez and Emiliano Rigoni netted their third goal of the season, Gonzalo Higuain, Giacomo Bonaventura, Federico Chiesa, Francesco Caputo, Roberto Inglese and Gervinho their second. Andrea Belotti converted a penalty in a losing effort. Two defenders confirmed to have a nose for the goal by bagging their second of the season: Fiorentina’s Nikola Milenkovic and Sassuolo’s Gian Marco Ferrari.

Flops of the round: Sampdoria’s high-powered attack was shut down by Inter. Cagliari underperformed in Emilia after impressing against Milan. Roma can not get out of their offensive woes, independently from who plays, Edin Dzeko also had some awful body language. Torino managed to score but had a very poor outing.Frosinone are still scoreless.

Guess who is back: Marko Pjaca finally found his first ever Serie A goal after one a half season at Juventus and a couple of appearances with La Viola. Kevin Lasagna ended his mini-slump. Simone Verdi and Federico Santander scored their first ones with their new clubs. Federico Di Francesco had racked up some assist so far, but he had not found the target in over a year.

Surprise scorers: Federico Mattiello scored his first in Serie A in spectacular fashion. Felipe Caicedo rarely plays in the domestic league, he did on Sunday and broke the deadlock after few minutes.

Clutch goal: more late-game heroics for Inter after the midweek madness against Tottenham, this time it was Marcelo Brozovic hitting the net in the stoppage time with a precise strike from inside the box off a set piece.

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