Serie A Fantasy Recap – Round 36

Standings implications: Juventus did not squander the second chance to wrap up the title race and took home the ninth Scudetto in a row with a two-nil win against Sampdoria. Inter leapfrogged Atalanta in second position with a comfortable win over Genoa, while the Goddess shared the spoils with Milan. Roma gained two points over the Rossoneri in the race to the fifth spot as they topped Fiorentina. Napoli helped those two team out by defeating Sassuolo in a bizarro game and there are no longer doubts regarding who will qualify to Europa League, it is just a matter of positioning. Parma eked out one in Brescia. With Lecce losing to Bologna in heart-breaking fashion, everybody is safe besides Genoa, even tough Torino could not beat SPAL, while Udinese bested Cagliari.

Confirmations: Ciro Immobile likely produced the decisive sprint for the capocannoniere honors thanks to a hat-trick, as Cristiano Ronaldo bagged one but missed a PK. Romelu Lukaku bagged a brace against Genoa to further pad his seasonal stats and Alexis Sanchez kept it going with a goal of his own. Studs Duvan Zapata and Hakan Calhanoglu traded blows in Milan-Atalanta, while Dejan Kulusevski led the charge for Parma against Brescia. Two in a row also for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. Jordan Veretout boosted his numbers with two PKs and he now four goals in the last five appearances. Marco Mancosu and Filippo Falco fueled Lecce’s hopes but Musa Barrow did them in late. Stefano Okaka and Roberto Soriano found the target for the second time in the last four rounds.

Guess who is back: it took just two games for Joaquin Correa to make it back to the box-score after a physical problem. Federico Bernardeschi had not scored in two years in Serie A. Rodrigo Palacio and Simone Verdi finally knocked one on goal, in spectacular fashion in the case of the Torino’s attacker, ending droughts that had started in February.

Surprise scorers: dynamo Sofyan Amrabat finally got his due thanks to a PK. Elseid Hysaj scored his first goal in Serie A with Napoli, while Allan notched his second, resurfacing after a long time. Daniele Dessena has found the target for two rounds in a row now, but Matteo Darmian responded with his first one in the ongoing campaign. Nikola Milenkovic posted his first goal. Marco D’Alessandro hit the net for the first time in a rough season for him, due to injuries, and for SPAL.

Flops of the round: Genoa did not put up much of a fight against Inter, while Torino did just enough against an already relegated SPAL.

Clutch goal: Barrow’s goal was more meaningful for Lecce and Genoa than for Bologna, although they could use a W.

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