Serie A Fantasy Recap – Round 38

Standing’s implications: the much-awaited end of the Champions League race did not disappoint, and Milan and Juventus emerged victorious, while Napoli frittered away a golden opportunity. The Rossoneri earned it with a big-boy performance against Atalanta, the Bianconeri obliterated Bologna, while the Partenopei were held to disappointing a one-one tie at home by Verona. Roma desperately defended their seventh place with a draw versus Spezia, keeping Sassuolo behind even though the Neroverdi handled Lazio. 

In the games with no meaning, Genoa defeated Cagliari away, Crotone and Fiorentina shared the spoils, Sampdoria throttled Parma, and Torino-Benevento ended in a tie.

Confirmations: Inter feasted all over Udinese, with most of their top players contributing as Lautaro Martinez, Ivan Perisic, Christian Eriksen, and Romelu Lukaku hit the net. A similar result for Juventus, as Alvaro Morata and Federico Chiesa made the star-sheet and Adrien Rabiot chipped in with his second goal in the last three rounds. Franck Kessie kept his aplomb from the penalty spot twice, powering Milan past Atalanta. Domenico Berardi stayed hot as well with a PK.

Eldor Shomurodov and Fabio Quagliarella delivered once again to finish the season strong. Roberto Pereyra notched his seventh goal of the season. Riccardo Orsolini netted a consolation goal. Spezia’s sneaky weapons Daniele Verde and Tommaso Pobega made Roma seriously wobble. Bremer is no longer a surprise scorer as he has headed it home five times in the season.

Guess who is back: Manolo Gabbiadini returned to the stat-sheet after a four-game absence. Stephan El Shaarawy hit the net for the second time since coming back to Italy in January.

Surprise scorers: Omar Colley registered his second goal of the campaign, Ashley Young his second one. Amir Rrahmani almost propelled Napoli again, but Marco Davide Faraoni responded. Georgios Kyriakopoulos smashed it home from downtown but was later sent off. Andres Tello fully took advantage of the fact that he saw real minutes in the season finale.

Flops of the round: Napoli had run circles around the opponents in recent matches but were stymied by a Verona side that had not been successful in ages. Marten De Roon picked up a silly red card.

Clutch goal: Roma had a terrible start against Spezia but eventually worked their way back into the game and leveled it late with yet another goal by Henrikh Mkhitaryan, punching their ticket to the European Conference League.

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