Serie A Best Fantasy XI – Round Two

Marco Silvestri (7 points): a great result by Verona in Lecce and the goalkeeper put his stamp on it with few convincing saves and in particularly by tipping away a wicked shot my Matteo Mancosu in the final stages of the game.

Takehiro Tomiyasu (5 points): he arrived in Italy with the pedigree of a centre-back, but Bologna quickly realized he is right back instead and a good one too as he can glide past his man with ease.

Alessio Romagnoli (5 points): a token spot for Milan and their defensive leader as they were one of the only three teams that kept a clean sheet and all in all did a nice job in limiting Brescia’s chances.

Riccardo Gagliolo (4 points): the grizzled veteran, back on the flank to open the season, scored a pivotal goal in the Udinese game with a well-timed cut and a diving header.

Roberto Soriano (6 points): he is not the most clinical player, but at the third attempt, after incredibly hitting the crossbar from five meters out and an outstanding one-handed save by Etrit Berisha, he broke the spell with a header in the stoppage time and sent the Bologna crowd home happy.

Matteo Pessina (6 points): an under-the-radar addition by Verona earlier in the week, he scored a huge goal just seven minutes after debuting with a sneaky cut and a confident finish.

Hakan Calhanoglu (5 points): his future at Milan has been in doubt for most of the transfer market window and his role has been flexible but, while the newcomers integrate, he started the first two matches and sunk Brescia with an easy header from close range.

Daniele Baselli (4 points): Torino deserve a place in the best XI for their remarkable win against Atalanta and Baselli was surely instrumental with two set pieces that found Kevin Bonifazi and Armando Izzo. A shout-out also for Parma’s Dejan Kulusevski, who had a similar feat since he provided two assists, but in open play in his case.

Domenico Berardi (14 points): he made up for the time lost due to a suspension in the opener with a stunning hat-trick against Sampdoria, punishing the opponents twice with relatively simple finishes from inside the box and completing his perfect day with one of his trademark left curled shots from outside the box.

Duvan Zapata (8 points): two masterful goals by the Colombian powerhouse that were wasted away by Atalanta’s defensive woes. A fierce cut past the offside trap and a precise cross-shot in the first one, while he destroyed Koffi Djidji with a shoulder push in the second one before finding the target with a beautiful touch.

Gervinho (6 points): a prototypical performance by the Ivorian forward, who hit the net escaping behind the defenders and five-holing Juan Musso and then he assisted the other Parma linchpin, Roberto Inglese, after an uncontainable sortie on the left flank.

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