Standings implications: Juventus outlasted Milan on Saturday and are now one point away from the title since Napoli were held to a draw by Genoa. Roma were the only ones to succeed among the teams gunning for a Champions League berth and have pulled closer to the Rossoneri and Atalanta, who have just more point. Inter kept the suitors at bay by drawing against the Orobici, while Lazio salvaged a point at the buzzer against Sassuolo. A slow round in the Europa League race too, as Torino could not find a way to perforate Parma and the Blucerchiati were bested at home by the Giallorossi. Fiorentina keep slipping and Stefano Pioli is on the hot seat after the loss to Frosinone. In the relegation zone, Udinese capped off a big week by topping Empoli and moving four points clear of Bologna, which responded and got out of the final three spots on Monday night by trashing Chievo. Cagliari are almost save after sinking SPAL, which stay in precarious position. Frosinone are trying to mount a late comeback that would be quite incredible: the two consecutive Ws put them five points behind Empoli.
Confirmations: Krzysztof Piatek was able to bite Juventus too, while Moise Kean can not stop scoring. Leonardo Pavoletti buried a header, for a change. Ciro Immobile drained a penalty and Dries Mertens potted one more. Francesco Caputo and Rade Krunic both found the back of the net for Empoli, but it was not enough to take home points as Rolando Mandragora scored a scorcher for the second time in the past seven days. Daniel Ciofani is keeping Frosinone’s slim hopes alive and he decided another game with a late goal. Domenico Berardi has found the target for two rounds in a row too. Erick Pulgar continues to be perfect from the penalty spot.
Guess who is back: Paulo Dybala won and drilled a penalty, returning to the scoresheet after six weeks. Rodrigo De Paul erupted with a brace to down Empoli. Mirco Antenucci had not done concrete damage since early November and took advantage of Andrea Petagna getting a day off to convert a penalty. Darko Lazovic scored one in astonishing fashion after going scoreless for seven rounds.
Surprise scorers: Daniele De Rossi had not hit the mark in over a year but he certainly poke home a heavy one in Genoa. Paolo Faragò and Rogerio found their first goal of the season with tap-ins. Mitchel Dijks punctuated Bologna’s win late.
Flops of the round: Torino and Fiorentina were unable to take advantage of Parma and Frosinone’s recent defensive woes and fired blanks. Sampdoria could not come up with a goal either despite creating more than enough against Roma.
Clutch goal: Lazio would have preferred to gain something more out of the Sassuolo game, but at least Senad Lulic spared them blushes in the dying minutes.
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