Serie A round up (Matchday 5)
Five games in the Italian Serie A had been played with the results from this midweek fixtures clearly defining the aggressive nature of the clubs to become the new king of the jungle. Here all the results from the Matchday as we unleash those results for the fans to either cheer or feel sorry about.
The first ever real cracking schedule emerged when sides from Rome and Naples collided, venue at Stadio Olympico. Before the clash, Lazio and Napoli both knew that this fight will narrow gaps with league toppers Juventus and will conceal the second place for them ahead of Matchday 6. Both the sides carried an unbeaten streak as a surety that the two will leap for a win and nothing else. It was Napoli who eventually overpowered Lazio, turning down a first half deficit to strike three in the next period to give a charming scoreline of 3-1. Lazio’s defensive show was again in admirable to watch. De Vrijl’s half hour mark goal made the home fans dream. But only it was shattered by strengthened Napoli side causing havoc in the opposition penalty area. Koulibaliy converted from a Insigne corner to equalise for the away team. Two minutes later, Jose Callejon tasted glory to give a horror story back to Lazio. Then the main character of play came in the role to show his dominance. The Belgian Dris Mertens spotted Lazio Keeper out of his line. He didn’t think twice to have a go and does it with a sheer piece of brilliance curving a sweller back into the net, over the stranded defenders.
To end their misery, Jorginho came off the bench to score from the spot to give Lazio first taste of defeat.
Champions Juventus entirely dominated the game but only arrived with one against a Fiorentina side doing stubborn defending. Mario Mandzukic was the only scorer of the game as he lift Juve to 15 points from first five games. The game lacked talking points but it also showed the wrong course of the crumbling Fiorentina side which require an instant reply quickly. Throughout the game they rarely threaten Buffon and his compatriots allowing them to sit back with only one goal. Gonzalo Higuain seemed to have lost his shooting boots in this game for he never alarmed the defense at all. Federico Buarnadeschi played well against his former side but couldn’t motivated his side to score more.
Inter Milan failed to get past chaotic Bologna as they held them to a 1-1 draw. Having failed to snatch a point from Fiorentina last weekend, Bologna were not backing off to face an elegant Inter side guided by Luciano Spalleti. Inter themselves were desperate to cut off their irregularities in their performance and only to be saved by Mario Icardi’s spot kick this time out. In the opening half of the game, Bologna turned into an headache. The home side take the much deserved lead in the 32nd minute with a fabulous long range effort by Verdi. His solo strike made Inter to hit the fifth gear. They hit the home side with whatever they had. Spalleti turned his system after that giving the freedom for Candreva to move about from one flank to the other and deliver passes through the middle. That earned them the penalty in 77th minute. Icardi was tripped inside the box and referee pointed to the spot after some consultation from the Video assistant. Cool and composed conversion from the spot had now turned into a brand for the South American. Though, it was not at all joyous to bring back home a point in a game where the away side fluffed its line.
Milan got back on steady mood following their 2-1 win over Udinese with a clean sheet this time in a 2-0 glory over SPAL. SPAL were ultra defensive as they didn’t knew to stop the blows they were getting from the once great Bionconeries. Nicolai Kalinic was once again preferred instead of Andre Silva. But it was two unlikely scorers who made the day for the red and blacks. Four minutes before the half hour mark, a penalty was awarded in the favour of the home side. Up stepped the Swiss full back Ricardo Rodriguez. The Mexican born new signing converted from the spot to give the lead. SPAL created little chances in the second period, permitting Milan to score again. This time Kessie finishes from the spot after a second tumble in the box.
While the blue half of the Rome fell, the other remain intacted. Away to Benevento, Eden Dzecko & co knew that it was the perfect chance to cement their place among the top four before the next Matchday. They showed their impressive class against a weaken Benevento side completely devastating them with a 4-0 scoreline. Although in their home, Benevento to failed snigger out a game plan against the mighty Roman warriors. Already been crushed 6-0 by Napoli, there was no escaping from this one. Everyone played well but Alexander Kolarov & Eden Dzecko’s partnership made the vital inputs in the game to produce such a massive output. Maxim Gonalons was given the start in replace of rested Nainngolan and his lucrative passes along with Strootman caused all type of problems for Benevento. It was the Bosnian who made the first attempt to score in the 22nd minute, easily finishing from a Kolatov cross helped by the defense in not marking him. He came back in the show rather destructible in appearance though he only watched his shot deflected from Lucioni’s feet and crashed into his own net. The tale was unchanged in the period after halftime whistle, Roma torturing fragile Benevento. Dzecko came up with his second cooly striking past the keeper with a violent ground curler in the 52nd minute. Benevento tried their best to score a conciliation but that did not materialised. Roma then summed up their misery with Kolarov’s searching ball tugged into his own goal by Benevento’s Venuti.
Elsewhere, Torino recovered from 2-2 draw by scoring late through Ljajic’s strike to make it 3-2 on the night versus suprise maker Udinese. Andre Belloti gave the away side the lead but his goal was cancelled out by De Paul’s spot kick. Hallfredan snatched back the lead which was doubled by Ljajic. Lasagna’s last goal came as a mere conciliation.
Atalanta thrased Crotone 5-1 in their terrifying home form with strikes from Petanga, Caldara, Illic and brace from Gomez giving them all three points. Genoa missed again to gain points at home by dropping two in the 1-1 draw with Chievo. Laxalt look to give glory faces at last in the 62nd minute only to find his team coinciding a late goal from Hetemai. Genoa remain at the bottom after five games.
Sassuolo defeated Cagiliari by a single margin of 1-0. Mari’s penalty conversion giving total points. The other game between Verona and Sampdoria ended goalless to much joy to the home side threaten with relegation.