Jesse Joronen (7 points): after a bonanza of goals in the previous rounds, defences managed to have the upper-hand in few cases over the weekend and five teams kept a clean sheet. Brescia’s Finnish goalie had by far the best performance among #1s, as he answered the bell on the multiple big chances created by Verona attackers.
Timothy Castagne (5 points): Atalanta’s key reserve on the flanks got the nod in Cagliari, put in a very solid shift and could have easily provided an assist with the usual cross wingback-to-wingback if Hans Hateboer correctly met his great delivery.
Tommaso Augello (5 points): stymieing SPAL in hardly a feat, but Sampdoria’s young defender has been a nice surprise over the last few matches, as he has thoroughly outplayed the much more established Nicola Mirro, showcasing the quality that allowed him to make the jump to Serie A in the first place.
Simon Kjaer (5 points): containing Lazio was way easier than usual given the absence of Ciro Immobile, but they still had threatening forwards on the pitch. Kjaer has quite surprisingly been a great stabilizing factor in Milan’s back-line since joining in January.
Karol Linetty (10 points): a superb outing for the Sampdoria midfield, who literally pounced on two blunders by SPAL players that opened him a clear lane to the goal. He fired one from outside the box to give his team the lead, then kept his aplomb in front of the goalie to double it.
Erick Pulgar (8 points): one of Serie A’s finest PK takers proved his worth in the Parma game, beating Luigi Sepe, who was on a roll after the resumption with his big saves, not once but twice. He moved up to seven goals in the season.
Juan Cuadrado (6 points): the Colombian winger-adapted-fullback has been en fuego the last few games and deservedly got the goal he was due versus Torino, as he left the goalie flat-footed with a sly cross-shot after darting down the right flank.
Hakan Calhanoglu (6 points): a calf problem cut his night short, but he was key in the Lazio game as he broke the deadlock with a pretty strike from distance with the contribution of a deflection by an opponent.
Domenico Berardi (6 points): Sassuolo’s three-headed monster inflicted a great deal of pain on the hapless Lecce’s back-line and the right winger led the way, nailing a penalty kick and perfectly setting up Mert Muldur’s goal.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (6 points): even if he moves at half speed compared to his heyday, the Swedish ace can still pull his weight in massive manner. In the Lazio clash, he converted a PK and slipped it to Calhanoglu before the initial goal.
Cristiano Ronaldo (6 points): the Juventus star kept it rolling in the Derby, notching another appearance where he both scored, ending his long-lasting drought on free kicks, and picked up an assist, springing loose Cuadrado on a fast-break.
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