Standings implications: with different degrees of comfort, the title contenders were all successful as Milan sweated it out in Bologna, Juventus handled Sampdoria pretty easily and Inter outfaced Sassuolo. Roma picked up the most impressive win out of the bunch as they hanged three goals on Verona, becoming the first team to do that in the season. Lazio conquered another signature victory by besting Atalanta away and leapfrogged them in the standings. Despite the in-house drama, Napoli cruised past Parma.
Experience came through in the relegation zone as Udinese snatched a pivotal win over Spezia and Genoa kept it rolling versus Crotone. Torino and Udinese shared the spoils, while Cagliari were literally pipped at the post versus Sassuolo.
Confirmations: Mattia Destro is the hottest striker in Serie A and put together a brace. Franck Kessie nailed another PK and Milan should reconsider letting Zlatan Ibrahimovic handle those duties. Henrikh Mkhitaryan picked up where he left off after a small injury and Borja Mayoral is prospering while filling in for Edin Dzeko. Federico Chiesa showed up once for Juventus, while Aaron Ramsey notched his second goal in the last four matches despite the limited playing time. Same haul for Rodrigo De Paul. Cagliari’s linchpin Joao Pedro hit paydirt again. Fifth goal in the campaign for Matteo Politano despite the spotty playing time.
Guess who is back: some of the big boys resumed scoring in this one as Romelu Lukaku, Lautaro Martinez and Andrea Belotti all snapped out of their slumps. Franck Ribery finally managed to break the seal in the season and did it in jaw-dropping fashion. Due to COVID, Ante Rebic had not hit the net since late December. It was all for naught, but Mario Pasalic found the target right away on his return a significant injury. Elijf Elmas delivered on his first start. Vedat Muriqi opened his Serie A tally by putting away Atalanta, Ebrima Colley with a consolation goal.
Surprise scorers: Adam Marusic paved the way for Lazio by stunning Atalanta early. Andrea Poli punished his former team with his first goal of the year, while Gianluca Mancini moved to three. Lennart Czyborra made the stat-sheet for the first time since transferring to the Peninsula.
Flops of the round: Riccardo Improta was saddled with an own goal. Torino could not find a way to defeat a very undermanned Fiorentina, as it was red card galore this week, with Gaetano Castrovilli and Nikola Milenkovic hitting the showers early in that contest and De Paul and Riccardo Saponara imitating them in the Sunday’s lunch match.
Clutch goal: Jeremie Boga looked good versus Sassuolo and bagged a soul-crushing goal in the final minute.
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