Standings implications: Juventus prevailed handedly in the Derby, while Lazio got demolished at home by Milan, so the Bianconeri’s lead atop of the table ballooned to seven points. Atalanta eked one out in Cagliari, while Inter threw the Bologna game away: the two Nerazzurri teams are now separated by just one point. Napoli defeated Roma in the head-to-head clash and caught them in fifth position.
As far as the seventh place is concerned, Milan pulled away from Verona, which surprisingly stumbled in Brescia, while Bologna and Sassuolo were successful but still have some ground to make up The Emilian duo overtook Cagliari and Parma, as the Ducali laid an egg versus Fiorentina.
Genoa took home one little precious point at the buzzer in Udinese, moving one step away from Lecce, which were dropped by Sassuolo. Sampdoria further distanced themselves by trouncing SPAL, while Brescia are trying to make it a three-man race, but they will need some more wins before concretely re-entering the fray.
Confirmations: Kevin Lasagna has notched four goals in the last three appearances. Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala and Andrea Belotti have found the target in four consecutive games, Bologna’s Musa Barrow and Genoa’s Andrea Pinamonti did it in three straight. Three goals in the last four rounds for Ante Rebic and Brescia’s Alfredo Donnarumma, same haul for Lecce’s Marco Mancosu, but all through penalty kicks. Hakan Calhanoglu and Sassuolo stars Domenico Berardi and Francesco Caputo have bagged two in the last four, one more for Jeremie Boga, and pretty shockingly two in a row for fullback Mert Muldur. The other usual suspects putting their name in the stat-sheets were Romelu Lukaku, Luis Muriel, José Callejon, Manolo Gabbiadini, Goran Pandev, Juraj Kucka.
Guess who is back: Zlatan Ibrahimovic found the target after some time as he skipped some matches due to a calf injury. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Lorenzo Insigne traded blows in the Sunday night main event and both had yet to deliver after the resumption. Juan Cuadrado has been playing well for a while but he had not hit the net since mid-February and has done it just twice in the current campaign. Seko Fofana last scored in January.
Surprise scorers: two odd braces by unusually prolific midfielders, as Erick Pulgar drilled two penalty kicks and Karol Linetty lifted Sampdoria. Bologna’s Musa Juwara decided the Inter clash off the bench with his first career goal. Same achievement for Brescia’s rookie Andrea Papettim, who broke the deadlock versus Verona. Fabio Lucioni scored his second goal of the season in Sassuolo with a header.
Flops of the round: Lazio had some absences up front, not in the back, so it was astounding for them to give up three goals. Inter did not manage to put away Bologna and then crumbled, with a missed PK by Lautaro Martinez playing a major part in the faux pas. Verona had one of those games in Brescia. Roberto Soriano was red-carded for berating the referee. Bremer committed an own goal with a boneheaded intervention.
Clutch goal: it was a little lucky, but Pinamonti’s tap-in after a missed PK could mean a lot for Genoa.
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