Standings implications: Juventus topped Lazio, not without some troubles, and moved considerably closer to Scudetto, as the other chasers slowed down since Inter shared the spoils with Roma and Atalanta could not make Verona bend the knee. Napoli and Milan stay at the same level as they were both successful, the Rossoneri versus Bologna, the Partenopei against Udinese. While that is inconsequential with Napoli taking home the Coppa Italia, the Devil got closer to Roma and built a sizeable cushion over Sassuolo, which were held to a tie in Cagliari. Fiorentina kept it going against Torino.
Genoa somehow prevailed in the head-to-head match with Lecce, with a lot of luck, and now have a four-point lead over the direct rivals. The closest teams above are Udinese and Torino, but with a comfortable margin over the Salentini. Brescia edged out SPAL and the Estensi are mathematically relegated.
Confirmations: Cristiano Ronaldo put together a brace, but Ciro Immobile was revived by a PK, so the two share the top of the leading scorers’ chart with 30 goals each. Duvan Zapata, Francesco Caputo and Patrick Cutrone hit the net for the third straight contest, Hakan Calhanoglu and Matteo Pessina for the second in a row and the former also added few assists. Ante Rebic quickly returned to the stat-sheet after a two-match absence. Romelu Lukaku and Henrikh Mkhitaryan came through once more. Federico Bonazzoli is stunningly one of the hottest strikers in the League with five goals in as many appearances, rarely seeing a full load of minutes. Fabio Quagliarella is officially heating up with two goals in the last two starts. Rodrigo De Paul found the target again and he has been piling up bonuses lately. Marco Mancosu missed the second straight PK but then atoned.
Surprise scorers: four ‘firsts’ in Milan-Bologna as Alexis Saelemaekers, Ismael Bennacer, Davide Calabria and Takehiro Tomiyasu all opened their seasonal tally. The gang that shared that same achievement over the was weekend was rounded out by Blucerchiati defender Julian Chabot and SPAL’s midfielder Bryan Dabo, who literally bundled it over the line, and Leonardo Spinazzola. Stefan De Vrij is instead up to four goals.
Guess who is back: Joao Pedro surged back to drag Cagliari out of a difficult situation and also Gervinho delivered after five score-less fixtures. Arkadiusz Milik instead had not hit bullseye in six outings, while Matteo Politano had quite oddly yet to score one in the 2019/2020 campaign. Antonio Sanabria bagged his first goal since the resumption and he needed that since he was visibly struggling.
Flops of the round: after their recent outings, it was fair to expect a little more out of Atalanta and Sassuolo in not-so-challenging match-ups. Bologna was dismal in San Siro. Two goofy own goals in this round, by Sampdoria’s Bartosz Bereszynski and Torino’s Lyanco, while Gabriel’s one was very unlucky but potentially monumental.
Clutch goal: Jaromir Zmrhal showed in the box score for the first time since he is in Italy and did it twice while he was at it, including one very late, giving Brescia a minuscule lifeline in the race to avoid relegation.
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