Serie A Fantasy Recap – Round 32

Standings implications: Juventus staved off Atalanta’s ambitious in the top match of the round, while Lazio fell on its face again, so the lead atop of the standings is now eight points. Inter are now tied for second place after overwhelming Torino in the second half. Roma took care of business against Brescia and remain in control of the fifth position because Napoli and Milan drew in the Sunday night game. Sassuolo won their fourth match in a row and are beginning to put a little bit of pressure on Milan, while Verona and Bologna got pipped the post by Fiorentina and Parma.

Genoa got out of the bottom three by downing SPAL, overtaking Lecce who shared the spoils in Cagliari. Sampdoria further distanced themselves with a rather improbable win against Udinese.

Confirmations: Cristiano Ronaldo continues to be on a warpath and has hit the next seven times after the stoppage. Kevin Lasagna and Andrea Belotti carried on their his scorched-earth campaigns and Francesco Caputo is tearing it up as well, while Manolo Gabbiadini and Dries Mertens have found the target three times in the last few weeks. Fantasy studs Luis Alberto and Duvan Zapata netted their second goal since the resumption, same haul for Ruslan Malinovskyi, despite the more limited playing time, who apparently only bags bangers, Patrick Cutrone and Genoa vet Goran Pandev. Two goals in a row for Frank Kessie. Marco Davide Faraoni netted a superb goal, his fifth one in his pretty satisfying season.

Guess who is back: Nicolò Zaniolo moved forward in completing his recovery from an ACL tear with his first goal since December. Lautaro Martinez finally got the monkey off his back. Roberto Inglese instead had spent months on the shelf due to a massive thigh problem: he schooled a defender to salvage a point very late against Bologna. Fabio Quagliarella returned after a much less dramatic injury to knock the first one on goal of the summer schedule, naturally with a great volley. Lasse Schone finally showcased his free kicking prowess in the Peninsula with a pearler. Nikola Kalinic took full advantage of a rare start for his third goal of the campaign. Roberto Soriano resurfaced after last scoring in December and Jasmin Kurtic was finally able to do concrete damage for the first time since joining Parma. Theo Hernandez broke through for the first time since mid-January.

Surprise scorers: Giacomo Raspadori got his first ever Serie A start and aptly scored. Federico Fazio had fallen to the wayside recently, but he broke the deadlock in Brescia. Danilo made it to the box-score for the second time in 2019/2020. Federico Bonazzoli bagged a textbook bicycle kick. Giovanni Di Lorenzo and Ashley Young are no longer a strangers to the stat-sheets as they have bagged three goals each, while Diego Godin used to be a force in that department.

Flops of the round: Lazio are shells of themselves at this point and Ciro Immobile is firing blanks. Gianluigi Donnarummad had a pretty forgettable night in Naples. Iago Falque missed a penalty kick.

Clutch goal: two equalizer at the buzzer in Florence and Parma, but the late PK by Ronaldo to make it two-all might turn out to be one of most meaningful of the season, as it allowed Juventus to keep the red-hot Atalanta at bay in the standings.

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