Serie A Fantasy Recap – Round Nine

Standings implications: Milan did have much troubles against the ever disappointing Fiorentina and pulled away from the chasers, bulding a five-point lead over the second-placed team. That is because Inter and Napoli shook off their recent woes with commanding wins over two of the most in-form outfits in the League, Sassuolo and Roma. Some clunkers for the teams that play in Europe as Juventus could not do better than a one-one tie in Benevento, Lazio got severely outplayed at home by Udinese and Atalanta was topped by Verona. Bologna’s surge continued thanks to a hard-fought victory over Crotone. Cagliari and Spezia shared the spoils in a thrilling game, likewise Sampdoria and Torino, while Parma nabbed a precious win in Genoa.

Confirmations: Ciro Immobile salvaged his day despite his team’s collapse with a penalty kick. Andrea Belotti can not be stopped and hit the net for the seventh time in the season. Joao Pedro turned the tid against Spezia with his sixth goal of the year. The usual Roberto Soriano had the game-winner. Alvaro Morata kept in going versus Benevento, notching his third goal in Serie A.  Two goal in a row for Dries Mertens and Alexis Sanchez. Matteo Politano tallied his fourth goal,  Ignacio Pussetto his second but in just five appearances. Gervinho apparently only scores in bunches and he had his second versus Genoa.

Guess who is back: Leonardo Pavoletti is back in a Serie A stat-sheet after a year and a half and two ACL tears, finding the target with a beaut. Fabio Quagliarella returned to the box-score after a three-match absence. Fernando Forestieri had mostly appeared off the bench so far, but Udinese were super depleted Sunday and he fully took advantage of it. He had not hit the net in Italy since 2012. After few assists, Mattia Zaccagni and Emmanuel Gyasi opened their scoring tallies. Eldor Shomurodov bagged his goal since he moved to the Peninsula.

Surprise scorers: Lorenzo Insigne had not hit paydirt in six matchdays. Roberto Gagliardini returned to the stat-sheet after two months by rounding out the score against Sassuolo. Miguel Veloso resurfaced after an injury-riddled first part of the season with a perfect PK. First goal of the campaign also for Tolgay Arslan and Fabian Ruiz, with two remarkable strikes, Antonio Candreva and Soualiho MeiteGaetano Letizia rifled a pretty one home versus Juventus, hitting the net for the second time after doing the same in the opener.

Flops of the round: Vlad Chiriches would have been better off sitting the game out with his thigh ailment as he was saddled with an own goal and was very goofy on the first Inter score too. Lazio and Sassuolo completely no-showed thier games, Roma were a little better but suffered the heaviest defeat, while Juventus lost the plot in Benevento. Riccardo Sottil and Adam Ounas could have killed Spezia but instead had major misses.

Clutch goal: M’Bala Nzola kept his composure from the penalty spot at the 94th minute to give his team the lead with his third goal of the campaign.

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