Standings implications: Juventus further extended their lead after pummeling Udinese as Napoli equalized in Sassuolo. Both Milan and Inter were successful against minnows in this round, the Rossoneri beat Chievo, the Beneamata did the same with SPAL, and therefore head into next week’s Derby separated by just one point, with the Devil on top. Roma sweated it out by bested Empoli and remain in pursuit. Atalanta recorded a big win in the Europa League race by besting Sampdoria on the road, but Torino staged a comeback in Frosinone and the two remain hand-in-hand, while Lazio lost some ground as they were held to a one-one tie in Florence. Waiting to see what Empoli will do, only Bologna took home the W in the rear: they stay in the 18th spot, but have closed a little the gap with Empoli, SPAL and Udinese.
Confirmations: Fabio Quagliarella took advantage of Cristiano Ronaldo’s rest day by moving alone on top of the scorers’ chart with yet another penalty. Krzysztof Piatek needed just a couple good balls in order to bag one, while Stephan El Shaarawy bagged a scorcher. Andrea Belotti assembled his first brace of the season while powering Torino past the Ciociari. One square for Luis Muriel and Ciro Immobile in the Sunday night battle between fantasy studs. Emre Can kept it rolling with a penalty, while Moise Kean now has two goals in three Serie A appearances this season. Matteo Politano stepped up for Inter with few attackers out of commission. Robin Gosens found the target for the second match in a row. Juraj Kucka is proving to be a very clever purchase by Parma.
Guess who is back: Duvan Zapata ended his three-game drought, but it might ultimately be ruled an own goal. Domenico Berardi finally punched one home in 2019. It has not been a great season for Kevin Lasagna, but a wicked cross-shot allowed him to return to the stats sheet after a three-month absence. Blaise Matuidi had not bagged one since the end of September. Patrik Schick tallied his third of the season.
Surprise scorers: Lucas Biglia buried an amazing free kick, putting behind him a long period on the mend. Perparim Hetemaj temporarily equalized there with his first goal of the season. Erick Pulgar and Roberto Soriano scored massive goals for Bologna, in both cases hitting the net for the first time in 2018/2019. Roberto Gagliardini does not play much these days, but he took advantage of few absences to knock one past the goalie on Sunday. Luca Paganini had not scored in almost three years, but he murdered Torino’s run of clean sheet.
Flops of the round: Genoa keeps stuttering offensively, while Gervinho had a vintage miss in that same contest.
Clutch goal: Lorenzo Insigne rescued a point for Napoli with a trademark curl, which had little juice in Sassuolo and might have completely switched their focus to Europa League at this point.
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