Standings implications: Inter added to their lead by nipping Bologna as Milan were held to a tie by Sampdoria. Juventus equalized as well in the Derby and were leapfrogged by Atalanta, which kept on churning along even though Udinese pushed them. Napoli and Lazio outlasted Crotone and Spezia to stay in the thick of the Champions League race, while Roma partially slipped again versus Sassuolo. Genoa and Fiorentina did not hurt each other. Nobody succeeded in the relegation zone as Benevento and Parma shared the spoils and Cagliari were topped at home by Verona.
Confirmations: Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku hit the net again. Luis Muriel and Antonio Sanabria are sizzling and both assembled a twofer and Duvan Zapata showed up as well. Simy put together another brace to remain the hottest striker in the league and Messias made the stat-sheet for the second week in a row, but Lorenzo Insigne, Victor Osimhen and Dries Mertens exploited the plum match-up. New (old) coach but same habit for Dusan Vlahovic. Fabio Quagliarella and Hamed Traore bagged two goals in the last three games. Felipe Caicedo delivered off the bench as per usual. Federico Chiesa slotted one home, while Lorenzo Pellegrini converted a PK. Three veteran midfielders have it going as Artur Ionita found paydirt twice in the past three tilts, same haul for Roberto Pereyra and Jasmin Kurtic in the last four.
Guess who is back: Mattia Destro made it back to the box score after eight rounds, Kevin Lasagna after three. Antonin Barak had not found the target in four games. Jens Petter Hauge and Giacomo Raspadori took advantage of their opportunities and netted precious late goals for Milan and Sassuolo. Daniele Verde buried a textbook bicycle kick.
Surprise scorers: Bruno Peres registered his first goal of the season, Manuel Lazzari and Giovanni Di Lorenzo instead his second one. Kamil Glik used to be a force on set pieces but he had yet to put one in the net this year.
Flops of the round: Juventus and Roma continue to be underwhelming, while Milan are inexplicably poor at home. Franck Ribery got sent off for an ugly tackle, Lazzari for disproportionate reaction.
Clutch goal: Dennis Man kept Parma’s slim hopes alive with a late clinical finish versus Benevento, registering his first goal since moving to Italy.
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