Pierluigi Gollini (7 points): the goal bonanza that has become the trend for Serie A continued in this round and just one team managed to keep a clean sheet, Atalanta, in the crunch game versus Juventus. Their goalkeeper was not called into action all that much, but not conceding was enough to best the competitors.
Jose Palomino (5 points): the Argentinian center-back gets the token spot representing the whole Orobici back-line as he contributed to holding in check Alvaro Morata and Paulo Dybala with an attentive and physical performance, perfectly making up for the absence of Cristian Romero, arguably the Goddess’ best man in the back.
Cristian Ansaldi (2 points): very few defenders took home points in this matchday, just those that contributed on offense. It comes as no surprise that the Torino wingback was in the very select group, as he set up Antonio Sanabria’s header with a terrific cross from the left flank for his fourth assist of the season.
Pierre Kalulu (2 points): the young Frenchman instead contributed in the final third for the first time in the campaign, teeing up Ante Rebic with a routine but brilliant pass before the teammate’s vicious midrange strike. Milan have been playing without the starting right-back Davide Calabria for some time, but they still got good production from that spot thanks to Diogo Dalot and Kalulu.
Mattias Svanberg (8 points): he had already made his presence known a couple of times on the offensive end thus far, but surely the one versus Spezia was his finest performance of the year in that regard as he bagged two goals, the first one finishing off a counter, the second with a perfect header after wiggling free on a corner kick.
Gaston Pereiro (8 points): the super-sub spearheaded Cagliari’s stunning rally against Parma by participating in all three final goals as he fed Razvan Marin before his successful attempt, found the target with a sterling lefty curled shot and linked up with Alberto Cerri with a soft delivery on the game-winner.
Rodrigo De Paul (8 points): a late red card for an inadvertent harsh tackle partially soiled his display, but it remains a superb one as he waltzed his ways through Crotone defenders in the box and beat the goalkeeper with sharp strikes twice, allowing Udinese to return to winning ways after a sticky patch.
Nicolas Viola (6 points): Benevento somehow managed to stay in the game until the final whistle against Lazio despite giving up three goals in the first 50 minutes mostly because of his major contribution off the bench as he converted a penalty kick and connected with Kamil Glik on a late set-piece, forcing the enemies to sweat it out.
Domenico Berardi (8 points): granted it came with the help of two PKs, but he turned the tide versus Fiorentina in his first game back after an injury, confirming his importance within Sassuolo’s design, which just looked more confident and dangerous with him on the pitch.
Musa Barrow (6 points): the Gambian forward took advantage of Spezia’s shoddy defending as he hit the net with a freebie thanks to Jerdy Schouten’s unselfishness on a two-man fast-break and assisted Mattias Svanberg with an accurate corner kick.
Ciro Immobile (6 points): the still reigning capocannoniere finally snapped out of an eight-game scoring slump with one of his typical clinical finishes after beating the offside trap and then doubled his production capping off a late counter. His day could have even been much richer as he missed a PK and the initial score by Lazio was ruled an own goal by Fabio Depaoli, but it could have easily been attributed to him.
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