Only 8 games in this matchday due to the Supercoppa Italiana
Atalanta 2-1 Empoli
Kessié (74′), D’Alessandro (90+4′) | Mchedlidze (51′)
Review: A great performance by Atalanta, even if they didn’t get the winner until the 4th minute of added time. Empoli could only manage 3 shots all game (probably why they’re so low in the table) but looked on course to claim the unlikeliest of points as their goalkeeper produced one of the best performances of his life to keep Atalanta at bay for most of the game. The pressure was always going to have an effect though, and Atalanta eventually found a way through to get the win that keeps them in the top 6 during the winter break.
Our MotM: Lukasz Skorupski (Empoli) – He didn’t deserve to be on the losing side – a phenomenal performance, making 8 saves and commanding his area well. That said, he was perhaps lucky not to give away a penalty in the first half.
Table Changes: Atalanta stay 6th, Empoli remain 17th
Inter 3-0 Lazio
Banega (54′), Icardi (56′ 65′)
Review: Lazio, and Felipe Anderson in particular, were excellent in the first 20 or so minutes as they raced out of the blocks – but crucially couldn’t take the lead. Inter had some chances in the first half, but really turned it up a few gears in the second half to the extent that Lazio just couldn’t cope, and completely collapsed in an 11 minute spell as first Banega (with a long range thunderbolt), and then Icardi (with a deft header, and a drilled finish which Marchetti should have saved) put Inter into a lead they wouldn’t give up. A good win for Inter, but it could’ve been much different.
Our MotM: Mauro Icardi (Inter) – An excellent striker’s performance, with 2 very different goals and a fierce shot that rattled the woodwork. Honourable mention to Ever Banega who was excellent as well.
Table Changes: Inter remain 7th, Lazio stay 4th
Palermo 1-1 Pescara
Quaison (33′) | Biraghi (90+3′ (P))
Review: Pescara rescue a fully deserved point late on in the game between the bottom two. They had dominated throughout, but their finishing showed exactly why they are bottom of the league with just 2 shots on target all game – 1 of which was the penalty. A missed opportunity for both sides.
Our MotM: Gianluca Caprari (Pescara) – A solid enough performance from the forward, as he created 3 chances for his teammates and completed the most take ons of any player.
Table Changes: Palermo move up a place to 18th, Pescara stay bottom.
Roma 3-1 Chievo
El Shaarawy (46′), Džeko (52′), Perotti (90+3′ (P)) | de Guzmán (37′)
Review: Roma respond well to going behind, as they get a solid win to (temporarily) close the gap to Juventus. They were by far the better side, but found themselves behind to a solid Chievo side at half time. Two quick fire goals after half time quickly ensured that Roma had the lead their dominance deserved – and they never looked back.
Our MotM: Stephan El Shaarawy (Roma) – One of his better performances, with a goal to start the comeback and a big contribution to Roma’s attacking play.
Table Changes: Roma stay 2nd, Chievo fall a place to 11th.
Sampdoria 0-0 Udinese
Review: A strong defensive performance by Udinese sees them claim a point that means they will start 2017 in the top half of the table. Sampdoria weren’t great, as they could only muster 3 shots on target from their 62% of possession – Udinese managed the same number with much less possession! Not a great game.
Our MotM: Danilo (Udinese) – Could’ve given it to any of the Udinese defenders, but he was just marginally better than the rest of them.
Table Changes: Sampdoria remain 13th, Udinese climb a place to 10th.
Torino 1-0 Genoa
Review: A very even game that was decided by one of the candidates for top scorer in Serie A – Andrea Belotti. Both sides had very similar stats, and there was never any part of the game where either team exerted any real pressure. As soon as Torino got the goal, it had the feeling of a game that was over – and so it proved.
Our MotM: Adem Ljajić (Torino) – Torino’s creative outlet in this game, with a solid 88% pass accuracy, and the assist for the goal.
Table Changes: Torino rise a place to 8th, Genoa stay 12th
Cagliari 4-3 Sassuolo
Sau (14′), Borriello (62′), Farias (73′ 76′) | Adjapong (29′), Pellegrini (33′), Pellegrini (34′), Acerbi (58′ (P))
Review: Cagliari win this thriller between the two strugglers, as Sassuolo feel the effects of suffering a first half red card by throwing away a 3-1 lead. Cagliari were on top throughout, but couldn’t build on their opening goal and found themselves 3-1 down with half an hour left. They rallied though, and scored three goals in 15 minutes to leave Sassuolo shellshocked and with nothing to show for their efforts.
Our MotM: Diego Farias (Cagliari) – 2 goals and an assist for Farias, who spearheaded the comeback for Cagliari.
Table Changes: Cagliari move up a place to 14th, Sassuolo remain in 16th
Fiorentina 3-3 Napoli
Bernardeschi (51′ 69′), Zárate (82′)| Insigne (24′), Mertens (68′), Gabbiadini (90+4′ (P))
Review: Lots of drama and great play in this game, as Napoli score a very late equaliser to take a point from a tough game. It was a good game to watch, and quite an even game. Napoli had more possession, and were accurate with their shooting (only 1 shot was off target) – but had less shots than Fiorentina. Both sides will be frustrated, but a draw was a fair result.
Our MotM: Fernando Bernardeschi (Fiorentina) – One of the best performances I’ve seen recently, with two long range strikes (albeit one took a large deflection) followed up with a brilliant assist for Zárate’s goal.
Table Changes: Fiorentina slip a place to 9th, Napoli stay 3rd.
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Serie A is now on its winter break, fixtures will recommence on January 7th 2017.