Serie A Fantasy Recap – Round 19

Standings implications: Juventus leapfrogged Inter atop of the table as the Bianconeri squeezed past Roma, while the Beneamata equalized with Atalanta. Lazio keep finding ways to prevail and got their tenth win a row, downing Napoli. Cagliari continue to spiral and they were handed their fourth straight loss by a surprisingly convincing Milan. Torino held on despite Bologna’s game-long assault, bringing home three quality points and closing in on the sixth spot. Udinese keep surging and rattled off the third W in a row against Sassuolo. Fiorentina finally returned to winning ways by nipping SPAL. Sampdoria distanced themselves from the danger zone with a dominating display against Brescia. The rough day for the bottom three clubs was capped by Genoa suffering a comeback at the hands of Verona.

Confirmations: Cristiano Ronaldo clocked in again and he has now punished every Serie A team. Ciro Immobile delivered in the clutch, stripping David Ospina and sending the fans into a frenzy with his 20th goal. Lautaro Martinez stung the opponents right away with a sudden strike, but Robin Gosens responded later on with a very clinical finish. Rodrigo De Paul made it three fixtures in a row with a goal, Gianluca Caprari instead delivered in two consecutive appearances. Alex Berenguer posted his fifth goal of the season and he has emerged as Torino’s second fiddle. Valerio Verre converted a penalty for his third goal in the last two months. Diego Perotti remains perfect from the penalty spot.

Guess who is back: Zlatan Ibrahimovic is back in a Serie A stat-sheet after seven years, joined by his new young partner in crime Rafael Leao, who had not hit the net since late September. Fabio Quagliarella broke through after four scoreless rounds and bagged two while he was at it. His teammates Karol Linetty notched his first one, Jakub Jankto instead his second and he had not done damage since late September. Stefano Okaka broke the deadlock against the Neroverdi, resurfacing after nine rounds. Antonio Sanabria finally took advantage of the abudant playing time he has been getting recently and opened his tally, ditto for Mattia Zaccagni.

Surprise scorers: German Pezzella sunk the Estensi with a towering header, his second successful one in the current campaign. Same seasonal haul in the campaign for Ken Sema, who beat the goalie with a wicked cross-shot. Merih Demiral instead bagged his first few minutes into the Roma bout, before getting hurt.

Flops of the round: the Partenopei defence continues to give away goals and waste quality team’s performance and the latest goat was David Ospina, who turned the ball over in the box to set up the game-winenr. Atalanta thought they had solved their woes from the penalty spot with Luis Muriel, but he got denied by Samir Handanovic in crunch time. Rodrigo Palacio did Bologna in with a pair of incredible misses and also Mattia Valoti had a very costly one against Fiorentina.

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