Serie A news; Juventus won at the death, AC Milan went close, Lazio and Roma blew it while Inter deservedly lost.
Not exactly headline grabbing! Or even news, however, that’s what top Italian tier had on offer this weekend. Even if there were little surprising results, a lot of entertaining games took place.
Serie A news
This time the attention is all for Fabio Quagliarella! Why you might wonder? Well, this weekend he scored a brace for Sampdoria against unimpressive Udinese.
And by doing so matched Batistuta’s record; scoring in 11 consecutive league games!
A veteran in Italy’s prime football competition with nearly 500 appearances for various clubs, including Juventus, Napoli, and Torino.
He scored goals wherever he played but more than numbers he dragged attention with the way he found the back of the net.
Impressive shooting and aerobic ability pleased spectators all over the Peninsula for the last decade.
Despite all the talent at disposal he never managed to hold a regular place in the national team and gathered only 25 showings.
And now, in the twilight of his career, he also found consistency.
Next match-day Fabio has a chance to up the ladder and become the first player to score in 12 consecutive Serie A games.
On Thursday he’ll blow the 36th candle on his birthday cake, wouldn’t that be a great gift?
Only one thing could beat that; doing so in his home town!
Quagliarella was born in Castellammare di Stabia, a commune in the Metropolitan City of Naples.
Guess where Sampdoria’s next Serie A contest is!?!
Exactly, at the San Paolo stadium in Naples! How about that for destiny!
He never celebrated when he scored against Napoli but on this occasion, he might be pardoned if he’s to lift his arms in the air and scream. After all, a Serie A record would be set.
With Napoli’s scudetto dreams all but over and with no real threat to Champions League qualification also Partenopei fans shouldn’t hold it against him.
Juventus all but won Serie A
Another weird twist of fate all but gifted Juventus the umpteenth Scudetto in a row. 11 points cushion should be more than enough to see it out.
The weird thing is that it happened after probably the worst showing in the Allegri era.
Juve rarely presented eye-catching football, instead went for solid domination and minimal advantage.
This time, however, Lazio showed the bianconeri that if they’re to maintain invincibility they’ll have to do more then just show up!
Reigning champions missed a couple of stalwarts but it can’t be an excuse for first 60 minutes of play!
Lazio controlled the proceedings, dictated the tempo, suffocated the opposition and created a couple of promising situations.
Meanwhile, Juve managed a total of 0 (yes, zero!) attempts on goal in the first half!
Anyway, until Juve’s academy graduate Immobile missed the sitter that could end Vecchia Signora’s unbeaten run, the champions didn’t take the situation seriously.
Heroes are born in dire situations. And whom do you turn to when you need inspiration?
The other rabbit in the hat. It’s Portuguese but it’s not Ronaldo! This time Juve’s Lusitan hero was Joao Cancelo!
Came on in the 70th minute and equalized 4 minutes later. Simple as that!
The action was started by the other substitute, Bernardeschi, who set up Dybala to fire on goal. Lazio’s keeper managed to keep out the first attempt but could do nothing to prevent Cancelo’s shot finding its way to the bottom corner.
Later on, Ronaldo took his only real opportunity, a penalty, and secured all the points for the Turin giants.
Juve didn’t play well, didn’t play even decent! But managed to win anyway. That’s what champions do – win!
Nevertheless, if the club has any hope of challenging for the Champions League triumph, vast improvement will be needed.
For their own sake, I hope they’re sparing their best for international competition. Otherwise, it’ll be another trophy-laden but still disappointing campaign.
News from the rest
AC Milan played a goalless match against the former coach, Ancelotti. A fair but useless result for both. Nonetheless important for Gattuso’s team morale.
They held confrontation versus a team that supersedes them! Not something rossoneri’s fans are used to.
And they have a chance to back it up next weekend when they travel to face Roma.
Hopefully, the latest attacking addition, Piatek, will prove his introductory months in Italy were just a taste of his talents, not the extent of it.
As initially stated, no real surprises in terms of results, except perhaps Torino beating Inter so comfortably.
Still, the majority of games had a great emotional impulse.
Roma led Atalanta away 3 goals by the 40th minute but in the end, nearly lost and barely saved one point.
Chievo Verona vs Fiorentina wasn’t a game for those with weak hearts. 7 goals, missed spot-kick, red card, woodwork, spurned chances,… You name it, they did it. And Chiesa finished it.
Whenever you had a feeling that visitors put the game to bed, the home side somehow clawed back. If this game isn’t a promotion for Serie A, I don’t know what is.
Similarly to Juve, also SPAL came from behind to snatch an important victory on the road against Parma.
Serie A presented itself in an extremely entertaining light this weekend. More of the same news can be expected from next game-day.