An action-packed Serie A round is almost completely in the books, here is what happened in the fantasy world.
Standings implications: Juventus downed Napoli in convincing fashion, extending their lead over the pack to six points. Roma are now fully back after triumphing in the Derby della Capitale. Inter extended their winning streak to four games by topping Cagliari. Milan finally played a complete game in Sassuolo. Fiorentina were not that great on Sunday but escaped with a win on a pair of set pieces against Atalanta. Genoa and Torino blitzed Chievo and Frosinone on their own turfs, while Bologna and Parma got two quality home wins versus Udinese and Empoli.
Confirmations: Krzysztof Piatek is pulling away atop of the scorers’ chart as he added two more against Frosinone. Mario Mandzukic bagged an easy brace in the seminal clash with Napoli, where Dries Mertens had the opening goal. Ciro Immobile hit the net again despite the loss. Gervinho notched his third goal of the season, Federico Santander his second. Lautaro Martinez has been slowed down by injuries so far, but his talent is unquestionable and he played great on Saturday night. Two other offensive newcomers did damage on Sunday: Udinese’s Ignacio Pussetto and Milan’s Samuel Castillejo. Cristiano Ronaldo dominated on Saturday with two assists.
Guess who is back: after six games and a pair of assist, Matteo Politano netted his first with Inter. Lorenzo Pellegrini had not scored since last March. Jordan Veretout converted a penalty: also due to a suspension, he had his last goal in mid-April. Suso had not found the target since February and certainly stepped up for the short-handed Milan versus Sassuolo. Camillo Ciano has been Frosinone’s best man so far and he cashed in on a penalty for the first goal of the season for his side.
Surprise scorers: Federico Fazio and Leonardo Bonucci occasionally show up in the scoresheets and they sealed the deal for their respective team on Saturday. Riccardo Orsolini had never scored in Serie A before and he buried a three-point goal in the lunch game. Cristiano Biraghi is certainly a good shooter, but he had just one goal last season.
Flops of the round: a pretty clean round here. Atalanta did not do much offensively in Florence, while Empoli were a little unlucky in Parma. Chievo’s offensive woes and Cagliari road ones continue.
Clutch goal: Simone Zaza had a rough start at Torino, as he was also called out by the coach, but he gifted his squad three points late by finishing with aplomb after a pretty through ball.
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