For a league with a reputation for being overly defensive, it was an action packed weekend in Serie A with 31 goals scored and 5 red cards!
Empoli 2-0 Cagliari
Mchedlidze (8′ 72′) | Colombo (80′)
Review: This was quite an even game, possibly edged by Cagliari. However, the difference was easily Mchedlidze – he was the most clinical player on the pitch, and won the game for Empoli.
Our MotM: Levan Mchedlidze (Empoli) – He was clinical in this game, he only had 2 shots but scored with both of them!
Table Changes: Empoli stay 17th, Cagliari fall a place to 15th.
AC Milan 0-0 Atalanta
Review: The only game in this round of fixtures to end goalless, but not for the lack of trying. There were 25 shots between the 2 sides, although only 7 of those shots were on target. A solid performance from both sides, but it did look like it would take something special to get the win for either side.
Our MotM: Andrea Conti (Atalanta) – A great performance on the wing by the Atalanta captain, as he limited the threat posed by Bonaventura well. He had the most touches of any Atalanta player, and certainly led by example.
Table Changes: AC Milan fall 2 places to 5th, Atalanta stay 6th.
Juventus 1-0 Roma
Review: The clash of the big two ends with another victory for Juventus, as they establish a commanding lead in the league despite Roma putting in a decent performance with a weakened team. In the end, it was probably the lack of strength in depth that Roma have that cost them – Alex Sandro was particularly dominant on the left hand side for Juventus against Roma’s backup choices of Gerson and Rüdiger.
Our MotM: Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus) – A poor game by both sides in front of goal, except for Higuain who had a 100% shot accuracy (3 shots) and scored the only goal – which was a pretty good solo effort.
Table Changes: No positional changes as Juventus stay top with Roma 2nd, but Juventus open up a 7 point lead at the top.
Sassuolo 0-1 Inter
Candreva (47′) Melo (90+2′)
Review: A much improved performance by Inter, and they fully deserved this win against a Sassuolo side who are really struggling now. Their three attacking midfielders (Candreva, Mario and Perisic) were linking together well and carved out quite a few chances for each other. Icardi was disappointing though, missing much easier chances than anyone else.
Our MotM: Antonio Candreva (Inter Milan) – He took his goal well, and was a constant thorn in Sassuolo’s side, continually testing their keeper. Was also unlucky not to score in the first half after his deflected shot hit the post.
Table Changes: Sassuolo fall a place to 16th, Inter rise 2 places to 7th.
Udinese 2-0 Crotone
Théréau (43′ 61′) | Cordaz (86′)
Review: A routine win for Udinese against a Crotone side looking more like relegation candidates each week. Crotone seemed to just try to take a point from the game, as they rarely attacked – instead just relying on set pieces, and doing poorly with them.
Our MotM: Cyril Théréau (Udinese) – 2 well taken goals to get the win for Udinese.
Table Changes: Udinese rise 2 places to 11th, Crotone stay 18th.
Napoli 5-3 Torino
Mertens (13′ 18′(P) 22′ 80′), Chiriches (70′) | Belotti (58′), Rossettini (76′), Falque (84′ (P))
Review: An incredible game in Naples, as Joe Hart found himself helpless against a rampant Napoli side spearheaded by Dries Mertens. To be fair, Torino did offer a big threat themselves going forward – their 3 goals are testament to that – but their defence really struggled to contain Napoli’s dynamic front 3 of Mertens, Insigne and Callejón.
Our MotM: Dries Mertens (Napoli) – Impossible to give it to anyone else, he was simply a class apart. His 4th goal is easily one of the best goals scored this weekend.
Table Changes: Napoli stay 4th, Torino drop a place to 9th
Pescara 0-3 Bologna
Verre (16′) | Masina (7′), Dzemaili (41′), Krejci (57′ (P))
Review: An early red card didn’t help Pescara in the slightest, as fellow strugglers Bologna ease to a 3-0 win. Bologna dominated from start to finish, and 3-0 is a good indication of the gulf in class between the sides.
Our MotM: Federico Viviani (Bologna) – Dominated midfield following the red card, and provided plenty of chances (and an assist) through his excellent set pieces.
Table Changes: Pescara fall to the bottom of the league, Bologna rise up 2 places to 14th.
Chievo 2-1 Sampdoria
Meggiorini (9′), Pellissier (41′ (P)) | Schick (90+3′)
Review: A clinical performance by Chievo, as they take full advantage of errors made by the backline of Sampdoria to get a good win despite being second best throughout. They move into the top half as a result of this, but will need to play better if they are to stay there.
Our MotM: Riccardo Meggiorini (Chievo) – Was able to use his body well to force errors from the Sampdoria backline, and managed to get a goal through this method.
Table Changes: Chievo rise a place to 10th, Sampdoria drop a place to 13th.
Lazio 3-1 Fiorentina
Keita (23′), Biglia (45′ (P)), Radu (90′) | Zárate (64′)
Review: A good win for Lazio against a surprisingly lacklustre Fiorentina side who never really seemed to get going. They had their chances to take something from the game – including a penalty that was missed. Still, it’s these games that Lazio want to win if they want to finish in the top 3.
Our MotM: Baldé Keita (Lazio) – A great showing from the young prodigy, showing good instincts to get his goal, and generally going past Fiorentina players with ease.
Table Changes: Lazio rise 2 places to 3rd, Fiorentina fall a place to 8th
Genoa 3-4 Palermo
Simeone (4′ 57′), Ninkovic (65′) Perrin (90+3′) | Quaison (42′), Goldaniga (69′), Rispoli (88′), Trajkovski (90′)
Review: Another goalfest, this time between two sides now in the bottom half with Palermo showing great character in a stunning comeback that gave them a slightly undeserved win – their first in 6 games.
Our MotM: Giovanni Simeone (Genoa) – At least one player in the Genoa team could stay calm (Perrin completely lost the plot for his red card), taking both of his finishes well and proving that he has found his feet in Italy now.
Table Changes: Genoa drop 2 places to 12th, Palermo rise a place to 19th
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