Serie A Fantasy Recap – Round 9


Standings implications: Juventus dropped points for the first time this season and Napoli promptly took advantage of it, getting closer in the table. Inter prevailed thanks to a late goal in the Derby. Lazio were clinical against a tough opponent like Parma. Roma had a shocking showing against SPAL. Fiorentina’s winning streak was halted by Cagliari. Torino frittered away a two-nothing lead in Bologna, slowing down after two victories. Atalanta came back to winning ways in impressive fashion, romping Chievo on the road. Frosinone and Empoli shared the spoil in an early but still significant relegation zone clash.

Confirmations: Cristiano Ronaldo bagged another goal and Dries Mertens is picking up some steam Ciro Immobile and Joaquin Correa delivered late for Lazio.Usual suspects Jordan Veretout and Leonardo Pavoletti scored in Fiorentina-Cagliari. Federico Santander kick-started Bologna’s comeback with his third goal of the season, all arrived in the last five fixtures. Daniel Ciofani is finally healthy and tried to carry the team on his back with a brace against Empoli. Daniele Baselli added to his scoring tally. Valter Birsa converted a penalty.

Surprise scorers: Marten De Roon and Robin Gosens rarely put their names in the scoresheets, but each rifled one home on Sunday. Marko Rog found his second Serie A goal with Napoli: the previous one came in August 2017. Arturo Calabresi equalized the Torino game with a powerful run and a perfect finish on a one-on-one. Kevin Bonifazi is back starting with the SPAL and buried a header to down Roma. Matias Silvestre scored in both nets.

Guess who is back: Josip Ilicic has shaken off his early season problems and completed a hat-trick against the hapless Chievo. Iago Falque got out of his scoring slump and hammered one under the bar to open the score versus Bologna. Fabian Ruiz curled one home in spectacular fashion for his first Italian goal. Miha Zajc finally broke the spell and netted one after hitting the post a bunch of times. Daniel Bessa had not found the target since April. Andrea Petagna had not bagged one in four games, but he has never really been a consistent scorer.

Flops of the round: Edin Dzeko and the rest of Roma’s offence lacked any juice against SPAL. Milan’s offence did not come through in the big match. Juventus could have done more scoring-wise in a dominating first half against Genoa. Giovanni Simeone and Marko Pjaca’s woes continue for La Viola. More of the same, if not worse, for Chievo in Gian Piero Ventura’s debut. Kevin Lasagna and Udinese had a pair of good chances to know the match versus Napoli. Simone Zaza failed to latch onto the ball to win the game at the buzzer.

Clutch goal: obviously Mauro Icardi cashing in on a howler by Gianluigi Donnarumma to bring home the Derby della Madonnina basically at the last minute.

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