Serie A Fantasy Recap – Round 18


Standings implications: Juventus were pretty lucky to grab a tie against Atalanta, however Napoli got beat by Inter and therefore the Bianconeri’s lead widened, while the Nerrazzuri and the Partenopei are now separated by five points. Both Roman teams looked pretty good in the midweek round as Lazio’s win in Bologna was never in doubt and the Giallorossi routed Sassuolo. Milan were held to a tie in Frosinone, so Sampdoria, which were the first to defeat Domenico Di Carlo’s Chievo, now lead the Europa League race. Torino remain in the mix after they handed a drubbing to Empoli, while Fiorentina laid an egg against Parma. SPAL and Udinese did not hurt each other, while Cagliari returned to winning ways against Genoa.

Confirmations: Duvan Zapata can not stop scoring and bagged a great brace against Juventus, while Fabio Quagliarella found the target for the eight match in a row, again in jaw-dropping fashion, pulling off a back-heel flick this time. Cristiano Ronaldo was initially rested but still scored. Roberto Inglese led the way to another road upset by Parma with his fifth goal of the season. Gaston Ramirez put his name in the scoresheet again, while Iago Falque rifled it home from distance. Senad Lulic has somehow hit pay dirt for two straight matches. Diego Farias won it for Genoa, scoring his second goal in the last month.

Guess who is back: Patrik Schick took advantage of some very suspect defending by Sassuolo, which also helped Diego Perotti, who drilled a penalty, and Nicolò Zaniolo, whose goal was in the air but he chose a spectacular way to do it. El Monito last Serie A goal dated back to March.

Surprise scorers: Luiz Felipe buried a header to give the lead to Lazio, Nicolas Nkoulou did the same for Torino. Lorenzo De Silvestri hammered it under the bar with an unpredictably precise strike.

Flops of the round: Milan did not take advantage of a cozy match-up offensively and was held scoreless for the fourth time in a row, this time with Gonzalo Higuain missing a sitter. Kalidou Koulibaly and Lorenzo Insigne picked up avoidable red cards versus Inter, same for Rade Krunic in Turin. Fiorentina failed to impress against a Parma team that had looked vulnerable recently. Sassuolo did not put up much of a fight in Rome. Berat Djimsiti scored a goofy own goal.

Clutch goal: Lautaro Martinez punished Napoli in the stoppage time with a pretty half volley, mere minutes after Kwadwo Asamoah had cleared on the goal-line a point-blank attempt by Piotr Zielinski.

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