Standings implications: changing of the guard at the pinnacle of the standing Inter picked up an impressive win over Lazio, while Milan and Juventus both came a cropper. The Rossoneri did it in shocking fashion versus Spezia, while the Old Lady could not find a way around the Napoli’s undermanned defense. Roma took full advantage of the competitors’ misfortune and strolled past Udinese. Atalanta conquered the Cagliari at the buzzer, staying close to the top four. Sassuolo returned to winning ways as well after some time, but the gap between the first seven teams and the rest is now quite significant.
The Genoa-based teams prolonged their runs as Sampdoria outlasted Fiorentina, while Genoa shared the spoils with Torino, whick took another little step in the right direction since Cagliari and Crotone were defeated. One-one tie also between Benevento and Bologna back on Friday and both sides are in rather tranquil position.
Confirmations: Romelu Lukaku once again willed his team to victory, with a brace, joined in the boxscore by his Robin Lautaro Martinez, and he is now on a par with Cristiano Ronaldo atop of the capocannoniere chart. fantasy studs Balde Keita and Dusan Vlahovic exchanged pleasantries in Marassi. Francesco Caputo has definitely recaptured his touch in the box as he has hit the net three times in the last four rounds. Nicolas Viola confirmed his mouth-watering upside with his second goal in just four appearances.
Guess who is back: Lorenzo Insigne made no mistake from the penalty spot this time, returning to the stat-sheet after three matches. Jordan Veretout detonated as he burst back onto the scenes after a couple of months with a brace to down Udinese, while Pedro had not hit the net since October. Fabio Quagliarella had not found the target in six appearances before stinging Fiorentina. Domenico Berardi instead has always been prolific throughout the campaign, he was simply hurt over the last few weeks. Nicolas Sansone contributed with a pair of assists in the last game and followed it up by bagging his first goal of the campaign in the first minute of the Benevento game. Same achievement for Adam Ounas, who is certainly enjoying his move to Crotone.
Surprise scorers: Giulio Maggiore and Simone Bastoni had made just some minor noise so far and broke out against Milan with two heavy goals. Gonzalo Escalante bagged his first goal in the Peninsula in the luckiest way as he got in the way of a free kick of a teammate.
Flops of the round: Milan got completely outplayed by Spezia, while Juventus had some big misses against Napoli.
Clutch goal: Luis Muriel solved a tricky game for Atalanta with one of his signature plays, slaloming in thigh spaces between defenders before firing it home with deadly precision.
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