Cristiano Ronaldo buried the spot twice to score his 27th and 28th goals in this Serie A season and save Juventus against an Atalanta side who had taken the lead twice with Duvan Zapata and Ruslan Malinovskyi. Two controversial penalties kept the Bianconeri alive and made them keep their distance from Gian Piero Gasperini’s squad.
Twenty years after Lazio last wore the Scudetto, it looked as though they might do once again. But the restart has seen them falter, having lost three of five – so what’s gone wrong at Lazio? On top of some experience, Simone Inzaghi’s side seems to lack that depth and that cutting edge to mount a realistic push for the title.
In what was quite an unexpected turn of events, the latest Serie A round saw the top two clubs in the ranking both losing their games as Lecce shocked Lazio and Juventus saw Milan coming from behind after taking a two-goal lead. A disappointing Inter side were held onto a draw by Verona and Atalanta took advantage of the situation to pass Conte’s Nerazzurri.
Verona and Inter shared the spoils in a vibrant game at the Marc’Antonio Bentegodi Stadium on Thursday night in the last fixture of Serie A Round 31. Miguel Veloso ultimately equalized for the home side after Antonio Candreva’s brace had overturned Darko Lazovic’s rapid lead, sealing a 2-2 score which was of little use to both sides.
The footballing phenomenon that is Cristiano Ronaldo is still going strong at Juventus at 35-years-old, and it begs the question – will he try his luck anywhere else in the world before calling it a day? A return to Portugal seems to make sense, a fleeting return to Manchester United has never been ruled out, a season at Paris Saint Germain maybe, or even an MLS adventure.
Milan beat Juventus 4-2 to capture their fourth win in five games after the lock-down as the Bianconeri experienced an authentic blackout and gave away a two-goal lead. It was Milan’s first Serie A win over the black-and-whites since four years. Far from saying that Juventus’ claim on the Scudetto is at risk, but Maurizio Sarri’s band suddenly found themselves fragile.
Serie A Round 30 was split between two days only, with eight games played on Sunday after a Saturday appetizer featuring the Derby of Turin and an interesting Lazio-Milan battle. Stefano Pioli’s Rossoneri savagely dented Lazio’s title ambitions by finding the back of the net three times while Juventus easily saw off their city rivals to place a strong claim on the Scudetto.
In what literally came out of nowhere, Daniele De Rossi is set to be appointed as Fiorentina manager next season. In terms of unexpected piece of news from Serie A, this one is the most interesting of the week. What would De Rossi exactly bring to the Viola? For a man who literally has no coaching experience whatsoever, it looks like a bold move.
Round 29 of the 2019-20 Serie A season saw plenty of goals and plenty of action at either end of the table. Juventus managed to open up a four-point lead at the top of the table with their win at Genoa. Elsewhere, Sampdoria claimed an important win against fellow strugglers Lecce, with wins also for Lazio, Sassuolo, Verona, and Udinese.
Atalanta extended their winning streak to seven games and maintained their perfect record after the post-pandemic restart as they defeated Napoli 2-0 at the Gewiss Stadium. Goals by Mario Pasalic and Robins Gosens consolidated Gian Piero Gasperini’s fourth place in the table with a comfortable view on the Champions League.
SPAL and Milan ended on a 2-2 score their Wednesday night battle at the Paolo Mazza Stadium in Ferrara in Serie A Round 29, courtesy of a shocking own goal by Biancazzurri defender Francesco Vicari which helped the Rossoneri grab at least one point after going down 0-2. A major disappointment for SPAL which honestly deserved to take home the three points.
Every time you think Atalanta have reached their limit, they proceed to push that limit further. Tonight’s exploit was collecting the scalp of Lazio, inflicting a hard blow to the Biancocelesti’s hopes of Scudetto. Atalanta beat Lazio 3-2 at the Gewiss Stadium, coming back from a 0-2 deficit by means of Robin Gosens, Ruslan Malinkvskyi, and José Palomino’s goals.