Serie A round up (Matchday 4)
Before the midweek fixtures of Matchday 5 to be held from 20 September on Wednesday, teams in the Italian globe knew that more points were required to attain stability in their approach of going forward. This weekend also held the opportunity to lit up spirit for clubs stranded at the lower half of the table, in the urge for glory. The weekend held a lot of talking points as big giants were tested while Lilliput units look to cause major fall. Here are all the results from this past weekend which contained many ups and downs, thrills and certainly goals.
Juventus were desperate to maintain their cent percent beginning of the campaign away to Sassuolo. The underdogs had a shaky start to their campaign and the story was not at all different against an inform side from Turin. A star hat-trick from Argentinian brilliant youngster Paulo Dybala helped the old lady of Turin to achieve more points, holding the top place of the Serie A chart. It was early as 16th minute that Dybala showed his presence in the game. After multiple approach of scoring went wrong in the amateur age of the game, Dybala produced a moment of beauty. The Croatian Mandzukic’s perspective vision spotted Dybala’s entrance in the scoring range. A 20 yard piledriver followed from his pass. That was really magnificent to watch such a strike from this brilliant prospect. He was in the score sheet again when a pass from Cuadrado was converted sensationally between the near post & the keeper in the 49th minute. Meanwhile the home side turned the game on their hand when they got a goal back three minutes after the hour mark. A shift of concentration in the Juve’s defense caused Buffon to leave his position to block a cross being played. No body marked Politiano rushing to the far post and helping the ball on its way to the empty. This was only third goal that Juve coincided this season uptil now. That added fuel to the fire. Paulo Dybala blocked all possibilities for the home side to turn around from a free kick which he curled with accuracy to turn it and make it 3-1 of the day.
Napoli was next to produce the grand show of the weekend. A 6-0 routing of Benevento easily cleared out the dissatisfying defeat to Shaktar in the Champions league. A Dris Mertens hat trick followed by Allan, Insigne and Callejon’s strike stabbed the very chest of Benevento. The away side didn’t stand a chance at Naples. Allan was quick to react to open up the scoring with just three minutes on the clock. Insigne began the party with his quality conversion in 15th minute. Third goal quickly followed in 27th minute with Mertens slotting from close range. The devastation was carried to the break with Jose Callejon making it 4-0 with 45 minutes still to play. The Belgian forward then scored two from the spot to complete his hat-trick.
A combination of Radja Nainngolan and Eden Dzecko herald a calamity over Verona as Roma ran out 3-0 winners at Olympic stadion. Dzecko was godly to produce so many efforts on goal that he would have scored more than just two. His companion Nainngolan and Perroti were simply unearthly. It was the Belgian who had the first say of the game striking from a Perotti cross in a rain fed weather. On the half hour mark, the center forward came into the show after Perotti’s stunning effort hit the high section of the upright. Nainngolan now turned scorer to provider releasing Dzecko to score his first after squandering descent opportunities. In the second half, Dzecko Nainngolan partnership took up the heat again as both combined for the third of the game and second for the Bosnian forward in the 61st minute. Additional to that Verona completed the match with 10 men when Souprayan was second time carded in 66th minute.
Ac Milan had a fought victory by 2-1 over Udinese, a fixture where they had struggled for a number of times. Milan made their return to European stage and their victory over Austria Vienna on the opening night was something to remember. Andre Silva was the man of the match with his brilliant hat trick and was rested for this fixture. So Nikolai Kalinic was given a start. Losing Bacca in the transfer window, Kallinic lived up to his task in the weekend. Tired legs from the European journey after three years almost caused a major upset in the league. Kalinic took on the responsibility and struck fast with his decisive header behind the front post in 22nd minute. The away side didn’t had to wait long for the equiliser. It soon arrived eight minute from the opener causing enough trouble to the defense. Lasanga capitalized from poor marking by Bonucci and slidpast Dolarumma with a sublime finish. At that moment, Christian Zapata also lost his position. It was only for Kalinic again to show his goal scoring attitude that Milan lift off three from point chamber. On the half hour mark, Kalinic speed up and positioned himself well to get past his marker, once more bringing a quality finish.
Milan were frustrated with their failure to create chances in the final third. Udinese also kept Dolarumma busy with his gloves but failed to salvage a draw as the second half produced no goals
Andre Belotti’s Torino hold their breath in a 2-2 wonder draw with Sampdoria in a game which either side looked seemingly to arrive with all three points. Torino wanted to make their home diversity to pay but Sampdoria had other things in mind. Two years in the top flight, Sampdoria are more positive this time out to get a top 10 finish and are confident to display their domination against big sides. The statement was proved seconds after Kickoff. The away side taking the lead through Zapata’s effort on goal which gave them the lead. Torino responded quickly with back to back goals in space of a minute through Baselli and Belotti strike. But Torino’s malfunction in the defense ruptured it completely with Quagliarella storming in the equiliser in the 34th minute. The next half did not produced any goal as both sides settled for a draw.
Internazional also picked up a hard owned victory over Crotone in which the home side threatened to go forward. It was due to Samir Handanovic’s strong arms that kept out stern attacks. Inter had the last laugh with Kriniar stepping up the gear and missled his strike to find the net in 82nd minute. The issues were finally cooled down by a intelligent finish from Ivan Perisic in the last phase of the game. Luciano Spalleti will hope for a better performance in the midweek.
Lazio made a repeat of the scoreline in midweek away to Genoa with a unconvincing 3-2 win. Astonishingly the performance from Inzaghi’s men was a complete photocopy of what they did against Vitesse in the Europa League. Genoa provided a severe test but failed to win or draw. Although, they can take positivism from this match from their performance in the season ahead.
Lazio still cannot put their defensive problem to rest as Bastos early effort in the first half was ramped down by a deserving equiliser from Pellegri in the 57th minute. It came down to the Lazio hero Ciro Immobile once more took all the responsibilities on his hands, legs rather, to get back the lead lost for his club in the 70th minute. The game swang again to the home side’s favour in the 73rd minute by Pellegri’s double to this name. But their was no stopping for Immobile to capture the third goal of the game which became the winner indeed.
Elsewhere, Spal were frustrated once more by back to back defeat, this time to Udinese by 2-0. Chievo salvaged a 1-1 draw versus Atalanta and Fiorentina live late to escape the challenge of Bologna in a 2-1 victory.