Standings implications: Inter emerged victorious in the clash with Juventus, but Milan answered on Monday by strolling past Cagliari. Some pretty surprising results in this round in all levels of the standing, especially in terms of romps as Lazio rocked Roma, Napoli demolished Fiorentina and the Crotone stunned Benevento. Atalanta could not break Genoa and Sassuolo managed to equalize only late with Parma. Bologna returned to winning ways against Verona, Sampdoria mounted a comeback in the date with Udinese, while Torino-Spezia ended in nil-nil tie.
The Partenopei leapforreged the Bianconeri and are now on a par with Roma in third position, with one fewer game. Lazio surpassed Sassuolo and got closer to the Champions League zone as they capitalized on the other team’s missteps. In the bottom Crotone is now one point shy of Parma and Torino.
Confirmations: the scorching hot Ciro Immobile and Luis Alberto propelled the Eagles past the Giallorossi. Every Napoli attacker feasted in the Fiorentina rout as Lorenzo Insigne put together a brace and Hirving Lozano, Pior Zielinski and Matteo Politano all found paydirt. Antonio Candreva hit the net for the third round in a row. Juraj Kucka has been Parma’s most prolific player lately.
Guess who is back: Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrated his comeback to the starting XI in fitting fashion as he put together a brace. Arturo Vidal picked the right game to finally open his tally and also Nicolò Barella had not knocked one on goal in a long time. Ernesto Torregrossa delivered in his first game with Sampdoria. Riccardo Orsolini bagged his first goal since late November thanks to a PK in the Verona tilt. Rodrigo De Paul is always busy but he had not found the target in a month. Simy resurfaced in a big way with a twofer to down Benevento, while Iago Falque’s return to the stat-sheet after months was good only for a consolation goal.
Surprise scorers: Diego Demme notched his second goal of the campaign. Milos Vulic finally cashed in on his increased role with a lovely curl.
Flops of the round: Roma pretty much no-showed the Derby in astonishing fashion. Juventus had a listless performance against Inter. Atalanta laid a pretty big egg versus Genoa. Torino could not exploit the fact that Spezia got a red card ten minutes into the contest. The wheels fell off for the Viola in the first half at the Maradona stadium. Benevento were incredibly leaky in the back against a not-so-mighty opponent. Sassuolo could not take advantage of Parma’s ragtag defensive crew.
Clutch goal: Filip Djuric stepped up to the plate and partly spared the Neroverdi part of the blushes with a penalty kick, hitting the net for the first time in nine appearances.
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