Thomas Strakosha (7 points): there were some high-quality goalkeeping in this round, where six teams managed to keep a clean sheet. Udinese’s Juan Musso and Fiorentina’s Bartlomiej Dragowski were fine, but nod goes to Lazio’s goalie for a pair of sure-handed saves on threatening attempts by Lorenzo Insigne.
Simone Iacoponi (9 points): he untangled a game that was starting to become pretty complicated for Parma with a well directed header on a corner kick.
German Pezzella (8 points): Fiorentina’s attack sputtered again, but the captain came to the rescue with a late header and some help from an ill-advised deflection by an opponent, finally allowing La Viola to win one.
Theo Hernandez (7 points): Milan’s stud fullback was back at it in the Cagliari game as he set up Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s header with a pinpoint cross, picking up few more bonus points.
Armando Izzo (5 points): Torino was under heavy fire for almost the entirety of the Bologna bout, but the defence held up, sustained by the good performances by all three of their centre-backs, Izzo, Nicolas N’Koulou and Koffi Djidji.
Jakub Jankto (8 points): finally a terrific display for the oft-underwhelming Czech, who feasted on Brescia’s hapless defence, volleying one home with perfect timing on a trail and providing not one but two assists with velvety crosses from the left flank.
Rodrigo De Paul (6 points): the rise of Udinese’s point man continues as he scored for third week in a row, this time capping off a great solo counter with a deadly cross-shot in front of the goalie.
Karol Linetty (6 points): he too took advantage of the romp of Brescia to show up big-time in the stat-sheet, as he equalized the game settling the ball and firing it home in spectacular fashion and set up Jankto’s cross with a long cross.
Ken Sema (6 points): the Friuliani have operated way better since he made his way back from an injury and he came through for the second time this season with a vicious strike to make it two-nil against Sassuolo.
Fabio Quagliarella (8 points): he had not scored at home in over eight months, which is quite unthinkable, but a penalty and a customarily pretty volley did the trick against Brescia.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (4 points): several strikers are tied at four points thanks to a goal, but it is fair to celebrate the return of Zlatan to Serie A and he wasted little time in helping Milan and paved the way against Cagliari with a nice header. He has already proven to still have a massive pull.
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