Serie A round up (Matchday 10)
Serie A is now witnessing a title challenging season from big six for the first time in five years. The domination of champions Juventus over the last couple of years in the league had now slightly changed its course. It had open up title hopes for the rest spirited contenders who had a petrified glance to seal the title with a new name on it. It is so early to talk about it but this matters in each and every weekend that goes by.
Here are all the results from the second midweek round of fixtures in the Italian topflight.
League leaders Napoli had a shaky victory 3-2 victory in their away trip to Genoa but Dris Mertens’s well deserved brace assured the side from Naples to stay at top after matchday 10. The home side surprisingly drew the first blood when the club’s top scorer in the league, Taarabt hit past stunned Pepe Reina at the earliest of four minutes. But Napoli were annoyed to fall back making Dris Mertens to come out in the picture and smack two fine goals in 14th and 30th minute respectively. The lead was tripled through an own goal from center back Zukanovic who rolled the ball into his own net four minutes before half time. Izzo scored in the 76th minute to give a mere hope of a draw but Genoa failed to sustain such quality on the pitch at the death. This win boosted Napoli’s unbeaten campaign so far as they stay one point clear of Internazionale in the second and champions Juventus on the third.
Inter Milan registered another win to their cabinet comfortably beating Sampdoria by 3-2 even if the scoreline didn’t remark so. Two late goals from the away side almost caught out Spalleti’s Inter but the team which contains the leadership of Mauro Icardi did not fell into crisis. As usual the home side in San Siro opened the scoreline, Skriniar fulfilling the promises of his coach before Icardi scored the second one on the hour mark. There is no astonishment that he received the gift to score once again with his silky sitter to vanquish Sampdoria’s resolutions. But the away team fought till the last but only were shy of a goal with Kownacki and Quagliarella banging two for his club. Inter stays very much in the title race with relatively easier fixtures calendar after this.
Champions Juventus restored priorities winning 4-1 to Spal in their home turf after their shock defeat to Lazio in their own battleground which ended their 44 match unbeaten run over there. Bernadeschi outrageous corner hit lifts off old lady of Turin and everybody then knew what was coming next. Paulo Dybala scored his second most beautiful free kick of the tournament in the 22nd minute to double Juve’s lead. Paloschi however scored for Spal to provoke another slip up which didn’t materialized. Higuain in the next half smashed the top corner in 65th minute before Cuardado put everything out of reach from the away side. That wrapped up a satisfying victory and charged them up for the grand Italian derby against Milan this Sunday, a game surely to talk and play a lot about.
Lazio picked up an interesting 2-1 victory over Bologna to cement their fourth position in the chart and touching distance with Juve on third. Milenkovic Savic and Zukanovic the scorers for Inzaghi’s side rifling every aspect of the game. Lulic scored at the wrong end in the 50th minute but that didn’t sparked a late comeback from the home team.
Perroti’s spot kick in the 10th minute was enough for Roma to edge past Crotone in a game which Eden Dzecko’s goal ruled out for offside. The VAR was called many a times to clear away the doubts about the game but it doesn’t made the side from Rome to score more. That also pushed Roma to the fifth place behind Lazio who won in the night which flooded goals.
Shifting the attention to the mid table, Fiorentina defeated Torino by 3-0 which turned out to be an important victory for them to silence the ongoing critics. Second consecutive victory inside a week was confirmed when Benaosi opened the scoring in the 20th minute followed by Simeone’s strike. Later, Babacar scored from the spot in the 74th minute after being dragged back by Torino defender Burreca who was straight red carded as his punishment.
Ac Milan gathered four points from two games in the span of two days, easily completing their business over Chievo. A 4-1 victory and a boost before the derby to be played this weekend. Suso was on target after some scratching dissolution crosses in the opposition box in the 36th minute. Cesar’s own goal doubled their advantage before the break to spark two more goals in the next part by Hakan Calhanoglu and Kalinic. The opposition however were able to snatch back yet another clean sheet through Bissa’s conversation in 61st minute.
Atalanta continue to rage in Serie A putting Helas Verona to bed with a 3-0 scoreline. In Azzuri d’italia preller punched the first in the 50th minute. Nine minutes after Ilicic had a go at the goal to allow Kurtic scored the last in the 75th minute. All the defensive work from Hellas Verona did not long last.
Sassuolo had a horrible defeat to forget when Udinese ranged their house bell. Barau scored on the half hour mark for game’s only goal in the 32nd minute.
And to wrap up the day, Cagiliari defeated downtrodden Benevento by 2-1. A series of late strikes and drama added to their win.