Serie A Fantasy Recap – Round Three

Results: COVID-19 took away two fixtures in this round, including the much anticipated Juventus-Napoli. In the other crunch game, Lazio weathered the early storm produced by Inter and came away with a quality. Atalanta keep rolling and bagged five goals against Cagliari, while Milan throttled Spezia in the second half and the they are the only two perfect teams in the season. Right behind them in the standings there is Sassuolo, which rag-dolled Crotone. Roma snatched their first W of the season over the point-less Udinese, same feat for Sampdoria, which upset Fiorentina on the road. Benevento is now up to six points after squeaking by Bologna.

Confirmations: Alejandro Gomez amazingly leads the League in scoring with his four goals. Lautaro Martinez had never put his name in the stat-sheet in three consecutive Serie A rounds; he is on a par with Francesco Caputo after his brace in the Crotone game, where Domenico Berardi registered his second goal in a row, like Fabio Quagliarella against Fiorentina. Luis Muriel posted his second goal by eluding the offside trap. Pedro made sure that his first ‘Italian’ goal was a meaningful and gorgeous one.

Simy opened his seasonal tally from the penalty spot, Duvan Zapata with a trademark solo action and precise finish and Mario Pasalic sneaking into the box as per usual. First goal of the campaign also for Joao Pedro, who beat the goalie with an acrobatic touch, while, to nobody’s surprise, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic delivered in a big match. Theo Hernandez had a typical strip, sprint and strike for his first goal of the campaign. Gianluca Lapadula decided the Bologna tilt with great opportunism. Sam Lammers has started making a name for himself in the Peninsula by bamboozling a defender before gently stroking it home.

Guess who is back: Dusan Vlahovic got the monkey off his back by founding the target for the first time since mid-February, but Valerio Verre responded with a majestic chip over the goalkeeper for his first goal since January. After being forced to miss the first two matches, it took Jasmin Kurtic just one minute to hit the net. No Zlatan no problem for Milan, as Rafael Leao had his first brace in Serie A.

Surprise scorers: it was a rough outing defensively for Cagliari, but at least Diego Godin accompanied his debut with a successful header.

Flops of the round: surely the way Juventus-Napoli was handled by all parties involved. Also Ciro Immobile and Stefano Sensi, despite being a little baited into it, could have avoided the reactions that led to their (soft) red cards.

Clutch goal: the nod goes to Verre’s palombella to down Fiorentina late.

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