Serie A Fantasy Recap – Round Five

Standings implications: Inter and Juventus gained some ground in the standings thanks to their wins over Lazio and Brescia, as Napoli were stunned at home by Cagliari. Atalanta are now in third after an excellent victory over Roma. The Sardinians are right there in fifth. Parma took advantage of Sassuolo’s road woes, while Genoa and Bologna and Verona and Udinese shared the spoils in goalless matches. In the lower zones, Fiorentina finally prevailed, over the reeling Sampdoria, while Lecce sunk SPAL away. Torino mounted an improbable comeback against Milan, considering how the game was going up to that point and moved to the 4th spot. 

Confirmations: Andrea Belotti had the definition of gritty brace to respond to Kryzsztof Piatek’s penalty. Alfredo Donnarumma found a way to sting Juventus too, making it four in the season. The following day, Duvan Zapata joined him with a cannon shot and  Marco Mancosu with the help of two penalties: he has found the target in three matches in a row. Two straight instead for Federico Chiesa, while SPAL’s Federico Di Francesco notched his second of the season in a losing effort.

Guess who is back: Miralem Pjanic had yet to bury one and made sure it was meaningful. Lucas Castro made his presence felt off the bench and upended Napoli.

Surprise scorers: Danilo D’Ambrosio bested an out-of-sorts Jony in the air and it turned out to be the game-winner. Marten De Roon took advantage of the Roma defence straight up falling asleep on a set piece, while German Pezzella bagged a pretty header. Marco Calderoni was aided by a deflection on a scuffed shot. Federico Bonazzoli was not great in Serie B either but showed a decent nose for the goal in a scrum in the Fiorentina match.

Flops of the round: the category is more crowded than the scorers, which says a lot about this round. Roberto Inglese and Nicola Sansone missed a penalty almost simultaneously, with the Bologna attacker hitting the bar on a Panenka in hilarious fashion. Napoli attacked at will but did not manage to break through and Kalidou Koulibaly was sent off for arguing a call. Jeison Murillo nightmare return in Serie A continued with an expulsion. Kevin Lasagna and Joaquin Correa were not cold blooded on a pair of clear-cut chances. Jesse Joronen and Jhon Chancellor made a mess on a corner kick and gifted a goal to Juventus. SPAL are having major problems at both ends.

Clutch goal: Parma were due a little for a bit of luck after getting two goals taken off by VAR reviews and a penalty saved; it came in the form of an own goal by Mehdi Bourabia in the stoppage time.

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