Andrea Consigli (7 points): few of the top goalies managed to blank the opponents in this one, but they were not particularly challenged. The Sassuolo bulwark was not either, at least until the final minutes of the bout, where he pulled an incredible double save on Kamil Glik, first on a header, then on a deflection, to secure the win.
Matteo Darmian (9 points): Inter unusually did not get goals from their strikers, but the Italian fullback allowed them to notch another W with a perfect finish after a textbook back-door cut on a cross from the opposite flank.
Achraf Hakimi (7 points): the two wing-backs combined on the lone goal for the Nerazzurri, powering them to their 11th win in a row. The Moroccan ace was initially spared but came off the bench very well, sprinting multiple times and eventually linking up with Darmian with a well-directed cross on the game-winner. He had been quiet for few games in a row but finally delivered with an offensive bonus.
Stefan Radu (7 points): he too massively contributed to his team’s success, as he found Sergej Milinkovic-Savic for a late divine header with a gorgeous cross from the left flank. The grizzled veteran is still capable of charging forward when his team needs it.
Roger Ibanez (5 points): the Roma defense held on despite leaving the upper hand to Bologna for most of the game. The Brazilian specialist was diligent and explosive in the back to keep up with the pacier enemies. He was not credited with an assist, but he sprung Borja Mayoral loose with an accurate long ball ahead of the decisive goal.
Fabian Ruiz (6 points): his role often limits his contribution in the final third, but that was not the case Sunday in the Sampdoria game, as he bombed away and found the target with a velvety lefty strike from distance, recording his second goal of the season.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (6 points): he is known for stepping up when his side needs it the most and he lived up to his fame against Verona, rising between two defenders and perfectly meeting the ball in the air for a clutch header in the stoppage time, allowing his side to take home three precious points versus a plucky opponent.
Ruslan Malinovskyi (4 points): the Ukrainian playmaker is enjoying his re-discovered prominence within Atalanta’s design and keeps dishing quality plays left and right. He assisted both Duvan Zapata’s goals in the Fiorentina tilt, first with a pinpoint corner kick and then with a lovely through ball.
Dusan Vlahovic (8 points): the Fiorentina wonderkid came up big once again despite having very limited chances versus Atalanta. He surely made the most of them, putting past the goalkeeper a loose ball in the box following a set piece and capping off a great counter conducted by Christian Kouame with a chippie. He has hit the net in three of the past four matches, improving to 15 goals in the season.
Duvan Zapata (8 points): Luis Muriel had clearly outplayed him in recent games, but he recaptured the throne on Sunday night with a dazzling brace to down Fiorentina, surging between few opponents on a corner kick for a thumping header to give his club the lead, then doubling it by beating the offside trap with the slightest of margins and keeping his aplomb in front of the goalie. He is not as flashy as his compatriot, but he can surely be dominant when cooking.
Borja Mayoral (4 points): the Spaniard solved a tricky game versus Bologna by gliding past the goalkeeper on a long-ball with the assistance of an impressive little technical flick of the ball, setting the stage for the easier of shots.
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