Serie A Fantasy Recap – Round 13

Standings implications: Juventus and Inter continue to forge ahead at the same pace, as the Bianconeri successfully turned around late the demanding match-up against Atalanta, while the Beneamata had an easy time handling Torino. Lazio extended his winning streak to five matches in dramatic fashion, thus defending the third spot from the ambitions of Roma, which instead housed Brescia. Milan and Napoli shared the spoils in a predictably underwhelming contest. Verona’s strong season continued with a one-nil win over Fiorentina, while Bologna and Parma shared the spoils in a thrilling Derby. Sampdoria outlasted Udinese. Cagliari lost some ground since they threw away a two-nothing lead against Lecce. SPAL and Genoa drew in the Monday night game, which really left nobody satisfied. 

Confirmations: Ciro Immobile clocked in again for 15 goals and the centre-forward competition with Francesco Caputo ended in a wash, but then Felipe Caicedo solved the fixture in the stoppage time. Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez both delivered again for the Nerazzurri, moving their domestic tallies to ten and six goals respectively. Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala answered the call with three goals, two coming form El Pipa. Dejan Kulusevski is playing like a full-fledged star and canned a wonderful curled shot, but Rodrigo Palacio later on replied with his fourth goal in the year. Manolo Gabbiadini and Gaston Ramirez fueled Sampdoria’s comeback. Joao Pedro and Radja Nainggolan are hot these days, but Marco Calderoni pipped the Rossoblù at the post with his fourth goal of the season, while Gianluca Lapadula converted a penalty.

Guess who is back: Edin Dzeko stormed back after three scoreless rounds, taking advantage of the hapless Rondinelle back-line. Giacomo Bonaventura had not scored in over 400 days due to a massive knee injury and perhaps he will resume being a fantasy weapon after his strike against Napoli. Similarly, Stefano Sturaro scored in his first game back after a long time. Hirving Lozano in Serie A had last found the target in the second round, even though he was starting to trend up. Robin Gosens notched his fourth goal, which is ungodly for a wing-back, but the most recent time he had beaten a goalie was in late September. Samuel Di Carmine responded perfectly to his coach’s critics, hitting the net right away after getting out of the doghouse. The VAR did not deny Ilija Nestorovski his first goal with Udinese on the second attempt. Andrea Petagna converted a penalty, returning to the box score after a lengthy absence.

Surprise scorers: the two centre-backs propelled La Lupa past Brescia as Chris Smalling and Gianluca Mancini both put their name in the stat-sheet. It was the first one for the former Atalanta man. After few assists, Stefan De Vrij punched one through.

Flop of the round: Fiorentina, even without Federico Chiesa, could have mustered a little more offense against Verona. Torino seemingly lost all their fighting spirit once Andrea Belotti subbed off with an injury after ten minutes. Andrea Tabanelli had a forgettable game, causing a goal and squandering a clear-cut chance.

Clutch goal: Blerin Dzemaili came through for Bologna at the very last moment, equalizing the Parma game with a majestic volley.

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