Serie Best Fantasy XI – Round Two

Thomas Strakosha (7 points): among the four goalkeepers that managed to keep a clean sheet in this round, he was the one that was called into action the most and had a key save on a long-range effort by Marko Rog.

Adam Marusic (7 points): the Serbian fullback took over the left flank against Cagliari since Jony was recently sold and Mohamed Fares has yet to be announced. He was actually a force to be reckoned as he dished Manuel Lazzari a ball that just needed to be nudge in few minutes into the contest and linked up with Ciro Immobile to ice it in the second half.

Giovanni Di Lorenzo and Elseid Hysaj (7 points): they both partook in Napoli’s goal fest against Genoa by providing assists, on top of contributing to the clean sheet. The Italian defender fed Matteo Politano prior to his little curled shot, the Albanian international instead slipped to Eljif Elmas to initiate the fifth goal.

Luca Caldirola (7 points): Benevento gave up two fairly easy goal, but he more than made amends on the other half with a successful volley and with a header while cutting on the near post on a corner kick, which has by now become his patented move since it allowed him to notch few goals in Serie B last season.

Hirving Lozano (10 points): his resurgence was in full swing versus the hapless Genoa where he put together a brace. He punched it home thanks to a timely cut and a great ball by Dries Mertens to open the scoring just few minutes in and knocked another one through after beating the offside trap on the same connection for the fourth goal of the game in the second half.

Dries Mertens (10 points): he was the main engine in the rout of Genoa, where he perfectly set up Hirving Lozano twice with gorgeous and pinpoint feeds and pounced on a defensive blunder for a lovely little low-driven finish of his own. He was one of the few players that scored in both of the first two rounds.

Jordan Veretout (8 points): he was the clutchest man on the pitch for Roma in a very winnable game against Juventus, as he canned a penalty kick, as per usual, and perfectly trailed and kept his aplomb in front of the goalie counter late to re-give his team the lead late in the first half.

Alejandro Gomez (8 points): he started off his season with a brilliant performance against Torino as he put the ball right in the bottom left corner with a delightful strike from distance right after the enemies had gotten the lad and later sprung Luis Muriel loose for another wondergoal.

Roberto Soriano (8 points): he diced up Parma’s defence at will in the Monday night game, where he bagged two goals, one on a header on a corner kick, the other thanks to a deflected shot. But the best piece of his performance was the ball with which he teed up Andreas Skov Olsen, where he displayed superb vision.

Cristiano Ronaldo (8 points): Juventus probably should have lost Sunday night, especially after Adrien Rabiot’s got sent off, but he willed his team back into the game with another header for the ages, staying in the air for an absurd amount of time to track the ball and contorting his body with masterful expertise to head it home.

Andrea Belotti (8 points): Torino did not manage to hang with the explosive Atalanta, but he had a very strong performance from the personal standpoint as he found the target twice with clinical finishes, first shaking free in the box on a timely through ball by Tomas Rincon, then with a courageous header sneaking through defenders.

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