Serie A Fantasy Recap – Round 29


Standings implications: they did it in opposite fashion, but Juventus and Napoli both took home the full spoils in this round. Inter were bested by Lazio, Milan by Sampdoria and therefore the Biancocelesti and Atalanta moved closer to the fourth spot. The Orobici leapfrogged Roma, while Sampdoria now share the eight spot with Torino, which tied in Florence. Cagliari prevailed for the third time in the last four fixtures, this time versus Chievo, and are eight point clear of the 18th spot, which is now occupied by Empoli that have been overtaken by Bologna as result of a dramatic victory. Udinese and SPAL kept their slim lead with Ws against Genoa and Frosinone.

Confirmations: Duvan Zapata took advantage of few elite strikers being shut out to pull closer to the top of the scorers’ chart thanks to a brace. Napoli’s attack is humming and Arkadiusz Milik, Dries Mertens and Amin Younes again all potted one in this weekend. Gervinho tacked on his tenth goal in Serie A, a personal best. Moise Kean saved the day for Juventus, while Gregoire Defrel and Joao Pedro scored precious goals for the second match in a row. Diego Perotti and Erick Pulgar drilled another penalty.

Guess who is back: Sergej Milinkovic-Savic had not netted one since late December. Simone Verdi’s season has not gone according to plan thus far, but he had dazzling display against Roma. Daniele Baselli and Artur Ionita busted out of their four-month slumps in empathing manners, the former with a piledriver in the top corner, the latter with a spectacular diving header. Stefano Okaka resurfaced just as it looked like Kevin Lasagna was about to take over in permanent way. Giovanni Simeone tucked one home with great aplomb six weeks after his last goal.

Surprise scorers: Rolando Mandragora just flat out bagged one the best goals of the season. Fabio Pisacane found his first one of the year. Mario Pasalic was both a curse and a blessing versus Parma. Francesco Vicari could not have picked a better time for his first ever Serie A goal.

Flops of the round: Gianluigi Donnarumma partly redeemed himself within the same contest, but his howler against Sampdoria was costly and his teammates could not come up with a goal. Roma are spiraling, while it is just a matter of time until Chievo and Frosinone’s unfortunate faith is sealed.

Clutch goal: Jeremie Boga equalized at the beginning of the stoppage time, but Bologna were not to be outdone and Mattia Destro won it at the buzzer.

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