Juventus, what a Joya! The Bianconeri resorted to Argentinian striker Paulo Dybala to bend Milan’s strenuous resistance and retain their top spot in the Serie A table, one point ahead of Inter. The Old Lady danced a dangerous waltz with the Devil, but eventually came out as winner thanks to their cynicism, making the best out of one of their few scoring chances.
Roma caught their third win in a row as they topped Napoli 2-1 in Serie A Round 11 on Saturday. Niccoló Zaniolo wrapped his third seasonal goal to push the Giallorossi ahead before Jordan Veretout could double the lead from the penalty spot. Arkadiusz Milik made it to the scorecard for the fifth time in four games to reduce the gap for the Partenopei.
Atalanta left the San Paolo Stadium unscathed as they held Napoli onto a 2-2 tie to consolidate their third place in the Serie A table. The Partenopei took the lead twice, but failed to capitalize and ultimately left the pitch furious at referee Piero Giacomelli, guilty in their eyes of not having sanctioned with a penalty a contact in the box between Simon Kjaer and Fernando Llorente.
Milan’s psychodrama continued today at the Stadio Olimpico as the Rossoneri left three more points on the road losing 1-2 to Roma. Stefano Pioli’s side’s awful defending offered Edin Dzeko and Nicoló Zaniolo two easy chances to make it to the scorecard, frustrating Theo Hernandez’s equalizer. Roma thus lifted themselves up to the 5th place in the table.
There are many reasons why Francesco Totti has gained an unparalleled place of honor in the Roma supporters’ pantheon, as well as in any good calcio lover’s. The most simple is that perhaps he was just an awesomely talented football player, capable of scoring such unique goals as the one by which he stunned the Luigi Ferraris Stadium in a 2-4 win against Sampdoria.
Mission accomplished. Roberto Mancini and the Azzurri booked their ticket to Euro 2020 as they trailed Greece 2-0 in Rome on Saturday. It was a tougher match than expected for the Italian side, but winning was the only thing that mattered. The Azzurri did so by means of a penalty by Jorginho and a sharp conversion by Federico Bernardeschi.
Juventus won the Derby d’Italia, and what a strong statement they made. The Bianconeri are once again the number one pretender to the title as they raided San Siro to regain the solitary lead of the Serie A league table. It was mostly a victory of Maurizio Sarri, who started with Paulo Dybala and finished with Gonzalo Higuain. Both strikers made it to the scorecard.
Marco Giampaolo is safe. Milan’s coach found a last-minute ally in goalkeeper Juan Manuel Reina, who stopped a late penalty to preserve his side’s 1-2 win at Genoa. That’s the least the Spaniard could do to redeem himself after a blunder of his had put the Rossoblu ahead, before Theo Hernandez and Frank Kessié could turn the tables in favor of the Rossoneri.
For almost one hour, Inter lived the dream of breaking the curse of the Camp Nou, then Luis Suarez’s brilliant double plummeted them into a recurring nightmare. Inter’s second Champions League match in Group F ended 2-1 for the Blaugrana despite Lautaro Martinez’s opener after two minutes. It was the first goal for the Nerazzurri in Barcelona’s den in 50 years.
Inter played the Sixth Symphony. Sampdoria’s poor shape of these days was just what the Nerazzurri needed to grab an easy win at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium and extend their perfect record to 18 points in 6 games. The Nerazzurri had not had such a flawless Serie A start since the 1966-67 season, and those were the days of coach Helenio Herrera. Just saying.
The Rooster raised his crest, and Milan paid a bitter price for it. Andrea “Rooster” Belotti scored twice in four minutes to push Torino towards a key home win against Marco Giampaolo’s Rossoneri on Thursday. The Azzurri’s centravanti neutralized Krzysztof Piatek’s initial lead with a stunning overhead kick, condemning Milan to suffer their third loss in five Serie A games.
Roberto Mancini’s Italy run fast towards Euro 2020. The Azzurri need only three more points to book a European Championship ticket as they won 1-2 in Finland on Sunday, with Jorginho giving the visitors the decisive lead, after conceding an equalizer to Teemu Pukki. Ciro Immobile had marked Italy’s opener to end his two-year scoring drought with the Nazionale jersey.