Serie A Fantasy Recap – Round 24

Standings implications: Lazio emerged victorious in the crunch game with Inter, thus surpassing the Nerazzurri in second position and staying one point behind Juventus, which did their job versus Brescia. Roma put up a fight in Bergamo, but Atalanta still rallied back and took home a monumental victory in the Champions League race as they have built a six-point lead over the direct rival.

Parma re-entered the conversation for the sixth spot by railroading Sassuolo and caught Verona in the standings, then Milan answered on Monday night. The Scaligeri and Udinese did not get in the way of the respective targets with a nil-nil tie, but it will not be long before the Zebrette will have to resume watching underneath them. Genoa and Lecce continue streaking by toppling Bologna and SPAL, putting all the other relegation zone competitors in high alert, especially Sampdoria, which were trounced by Fiorentina and are now in 17th position, so sandwiched between the two.

Confirmations: Ciro Immobile tacked on one more to his ungodly seasonal tally. Edin Dzeko found the target for the fourth time in the last in the last five outings. Marco Mancosu instead did it for the second game in a row and the eighth total this season.  Dries Mertens delivered in the usual eye-popping manner for Napoli. Andrea Petagna headed home his ninth goal of the campaign, the third in his last four appearances. Antonio Sanabria continues to do damage and netted a wondergoal against Bologna, while Domenico Criscito drilled another penalty. Dusan Vlahovic and Federico Chiesa both hit the net twice versus Sampdoria, once from the penalty spot and then on open play, while Manolo Gabbiadini had a consolation goal in that match. Ante Rebic keeps carrying Milan.

Guess who is back: Paulo Dybala took advantage of Cristiano Ronaldo-less day to return to the stat-sheet after two months, while Juan Cuadrado had last scored in one of the early rounds, but he has also been playing fullback for the most part. Gervinho put the whole deadline day saga behind in the best possible way, punching through the game-winning goal against Sassuolo. Mario Pasalic curled one home in splendid fashion 19 seconds after entering the game, which accounts for the third quickest goal in history for a sub. He had yet to score in 2020.

Surprise scorers: Zan Majer bagged his first goal of the season with a pinpoint cross-shot that decided the SPAL tilt. Adama Soumaoro hit the net in his second Serie A cap, Ashley Young in his fourth. José-Luis Palomino atoned from a school-body error with a tap-in on the other box.

Flops of the round: Jerdy Schouten with an early red card and Stefano Denswil with his howlers put Bologna in an insurmountable hole versus the Griffon, halting their streak. Sampdoria’s back-line had another meltdown.

Clutch goal: it was not a very late goal, but Sergej Milinkovic-Savic‘s classy goal to down Inter could end up being one of the most pivotal of the season.

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