Standings implications: it took them 96 minutes, but Juventus downed Genoa therefore replied to Inter, which looked tired but withstood Brescia’s assault. Napoli and Atalanta shared the spoiled in the most anticipated match of the round. The Roma teams dominated, with the Giallorossi trashing Udinese away and Lazio doing the same to Torino at the Olimpico Stadium. Cagliari continue to march on and upended Bologna. Fiorentina staged a comeback to defeat Sassuolo. Verona blitzed Parma on the road, while Sampdoria and Lecce tied one-one. Milan have a pulse and squeaked by SPAL.
Confirmations: Ciro Immobile carried on his scorching earth campaign with a brace versus Torino. In the least surprising development, Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku both powered Inter past Brescia. Arkadiusz Milik keeps popping, but Josip Ilicic answered tp him later on. Joao Pedro tacked on two more goals to his seasonal tally. Nicolò Zaniolo netted his first ever away goal and also Justin Kluivert and Aleksandar Kolarov delivered for La Lupa. Christian Kouame did damage for the second fixture in a row, in the most awkward fashion this time, while Jeremie Boga danced between defenders before scoring again. However, Gaetano Castrovilli and Nikola Milenkovic, with their second and third goal of the season, lifted La Viola past the Neroverdi.
Surprise scorers: Francesco Acerbi stunningly bagged a piledriver from long range. Nikola Maksimovic took advantage of few absences in the back and buried a header, while Remo Freuler capitalized on a rare blunder by Alex Meret. Leonardo Bonucci and Chris Smalling bagged their first of the year as well attacking on set pieces. Gaston Ramirez allowed Sampdoria to tie with an unusual header.
Guess who is back: Darko Lazovic had been quiet so far after a decent campaign at Genoa last season and finally came alive with a stunner to down Parma. Giovanni Simeone returned to the scoresheet after five games. Federico Santander convinced Nicola Sansone to let him take a penalty and canned it. First goal in the current campaign also for Gianluca Lapadula. Suso delivered for the first time this season.
Flops of the round: Andrea Belotti was saddled with an own goal in a nightmarish game for Torino, while Nicolas N’Koulou was red carded. Few other expulsions in this round: Francesco Cassata, Adrien Rabiot, Federico Fazio and Panagiotis Tachtsidis. Parma probably underestimated Verona, but in this case the lack of a pure striker was a problem.
Clutch goal: Cristiano Ronaldo stayed calm and collected as one like him is supposed to on a late game-winning penalty.
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