Standings implications: Milan is atop of the table after convincingly besting Inter in the Derby della Madonnina. They are followed by Sassuolo, who staged an furious comeback against Bologna. Napoli made a statement by trouncing Atalanta, while Juventus could not get past Crotone. Lazio got stunned by Sampdoria on the road. Fiorentina wasted an early two-notching lead versus Spezia, while Cagliari outlasted Torino. Udinese nabbed their first points in dramatic fashion and Roma outgunned a fiery Benevento.
Confirmations: Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned from COVID with a bang and downed Inter with two goals and Romelu Lukaku’s was not enough. Hirving Lozano is en fuego and unleashed his fury on the Goddess too, notching two more goals. Fabio Quagliarella found the target in the third straight fixture, with a terrific header this time. Gianluca Caprari has bagged three as well and was helped by a deflection on Sunday. Two goals in a row for Matteo Politano, Pedro and Gianluca Lapadula, while Victor Osimhen finally, and very deservingly, put one on the board. Alvaro Morata delivered in a day where he had to shoulder big responsibilities. Sassuolo starts brought the juice once again as Domenico Berardi, Francesco Caputo and Filip Djuricic all knocked one past the goalie, which allowed them to overcome Roberto Soriano‘s third goal of the year.
Giovanni Simeone put together a brace and Joao Pedro found his second goal, propelling Cagliari past Torino even tough Andrea Belotti scored twice and he is already up to four goals in the season. Simy has nailed penalty kicks in two consecutive matches. Sam Lammers made it to the stat-sheet for the second match in a row, but it was just with a consolation goal. The other rookie hitting the net was Sampdoria’s Mikkel Damsgaard. Daniele Verde and Diego Farias stepped up for Spezia, while Hernani bagged his second goal of the campaign and Yann Karamoh followed up his recent assist with a his first one for this year. Carles Perez made the most of his minutes with a jaw-dropping run-and-strike.
Guess who is back: Edin Dzeko snapped out of his funk and scored twice while he was at it. Riccardo Orsolini finally got the monkey off his back as he had not in over double-digit appearances.
Surprise scorers: Tommaso Augello notched his first ever Serie A goal in thunderous fashion. Cristiano Biraghi and German Pezzella were the other two defenders that found the back of the net in this round, but they are fairly frequent visitors of the boxscore. Samir ended Udinese’s team-wide drought.
Flops of the round: Atalanta straight-up no-showed the Napoli clash and completely fell apart defensively. Lazio’s performance against Sampdoria was baffling. Juventus, albeit depleted, was very underwhelming in Crotone and Federico Chiesa got sent off early. The usually excellent Rodrigo Palacio, Jasmin Kurtic and Manuel Locatelli had blunders that directly led to opposing goals, while Takehiro Tomiyasu and Simone Iacoponi were saddled with unfortunate own-goals.
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