Standings implications: Juventus and Inter continue to churn out Ws despite not looking particular dominant and are running away atop of the standings. The Bianconeri topped Torino in the Derby della Mole, while the Benamata defeated Bologna on the road. Roma, Lazio and Cagliari prevailed in the top matches of the round as La Lupa beat Napoli, the Biancocelesti nipped Milan and the Sardinians upended Atalanta away. Fiorentina-Parma ended in a one-to-one tie. The coach-less Udinese stunned Genoa. Verona kept up the good form with a narrow win over Brescia, while Lecce and Sassuolo shared the spoils in a fun game. Sampdoria came away with three precious points versus SPAL.
Confirmations: Ciro Immobile just can not be stopped. Romelu Lukaku bagged a brace and he is already one-goal shy of the double-digit threshold, while Domenico Berardi moved to seven after doing his thing in Lecce. Arkadiusz Milik netted his fifth goal in the last four matches, while Nicolò Zaniolo and Joaquin Correa have now found the mark in three straight ones. Gervinho and Goran Pandev did damage for the second time in a week, while Gianluca Lapadula bagged two in a row.
Guess who is back: Rodrigo De Paul finally came alive in the most unexpected spot, rifling it home from distance. Kevin Lasagna instead had last provided a meaningful contribution in the second match-day. Filippo Falco broke the seal in the top league with a gorgeous free kick. Jordan Veretout capitalized on a solid run of performances with a penalty. Roberto Soriano did manage to score in this round, with the help of a deflection, returning to the scoresheet after two months. Matthijs De Ligt shook off the early-season struggles with the deciding goal against the Granata. Eddy Salcedo might be solution of Verona’s finishing woes, while Matteo Pessina notched his second after delivering in the opener. Mario Balotelli at least hit the net for the second time this year in a very bitter day.
Surprise scorers: Christian Oliva capped off a quick counter with his first ever Serie A goal. Ken Sema took advantage of the lax Genoa defence to do the same. Jeremy Toljan scampared till the target against the Salentini.
Flops of the round: Aleksandar Kolarov missed his second penalty of the season. Josip Ilicic put his team gravely behind the eight ball with a silly red card in the first half, just minutes later after José-Luis Palomino and Mario Pasalic had combined for an own goal. Genoa did not exploit Udinese’s recent issues and had a confusing showing. Bastos had a rather comical own goal.
Clutch goal: Gianluca Caprari decided a key match-up down loan with a late header.
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