Alessio Cragno (7 points): a pretty good matchday for defenses this time around and the Cagliari goalie was the best one for the second week in a row, as he denied Lecce attackers with multiple strong saves and shined in particular on a one-handed one on Diego Farias late.
Federico Fazio (9 points): he had dropped way down in the pecking order, but the simultaneous absences of Chris Smalling and Bryan Cristante, who was used in the back in the last tilt, allowed him to return to the XI and he bundled it over the line on a corner kick to score the pivotal first goal in Brescia.
Giulio Donati (5 points): it is always an event when Lecce manages to keep a clean sheet and doing it on the road against a pretty good opponent like Cagliari is an achievement. The fullback was also very involved in their offense and came close to an assist after switching field position on his own with a great sprint down the right flank.
Andrea Masiello (5 points): Genoa instead had an easier time holding in check the always sputtering SPAL, but the veteran still impressed as he completely engulfed Andrea Petagna and company.
Nicolò Zaniolo (6 points): he had already showed to have his classic burst back in the previous outings, he combined that with potent shot that bent Brescia’s goalie hands for his first goal since the ACL tear, putting the opponents away food good.
Lasse Schone (6 points): the former Ajax mastermind finally bagged a free kick in Serie A too, putting it in right in top corner in astounding fashion and allowing Genoa to seal the deal on a precious win.
Ruslan Malinovskyi (4 points): the Ukrainian marksman gave Juventus a massive scare, rifling it home from just outside the box after Luis Muriel had stolen the ball deep. He did it with his right foot this time and he might very well be the most gifted shooter in the League.
Cristiano Ronaldo (8 points): he did not perform all that great but his two cold-blooded penalty kicks might have wrapped up the title race since they halted the momentum of Atalanta, the hottest team in Italy and the most credible contender at this point.
Francesco Caputo (6 points): just one half for the fan favorite, but he was still able to sow destruction in the Lazio match, as he perfectly assisted the rookie Giacomo Raspadori and won it at the buzzer gently nudging the ball across the line with a header on the far post after Thomas Strakosha had mistimed his intervention.
Lautaro Martinez (6 points): he is too talented to impactless for a prolonged stretch and, as matter of fact, he stepped up with Romelu Lukaku sidelined, spearheading the comeback with a great back-wards flick-on for Ashley Young and a strike from outside the box with a little help coming from a deflection.
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