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As the battle between Napoli and Juventus continues, this past weekend was characterized by a few good old controversies sparked by referee decisions. A handball by Patrick Cutrone paved the way for Milan’s victory over Lazio. Referee Paolo Mazzoleni punished a slight contact in Bologna’s box with a penalty for Napoli, but omitted to do the same when Kalidou Koulibaly blocked a shot with his hand. Walter Zenga was furious at VAR cancelling a late goal for his Crotone, due to a doubtful offside.
A for ability to kick a striker! Belec, a goalie who lost his mind, deserved a red card!
B for brilliant game, as Oddo and Berhami gave Udinese 3 important points.
C for continuity: Third game with Mazzarri on their bench, and 7 points in for Torino!
D for demonstration against Fiorentina by their supporters. What a chaotic day for the Viola!
E for exciting duel between Napoli and Juventus…Hopefully till the end of the season! Spectacular! Napoli answers back to Juventus, and remains the leading team!
F for fantastic start in Serie A for Vukovic. First game, and already a goal for the new Hellas Verona defender.
G for Gattuso effect, as Milan captured their third win in the last three games! #MilanLazio 2-1
H for handcuffs. No words to describe a stupid gesture like the one made by Cacciatore in Chievo-Juventus. What was he thinking about? A fair red card!
I for interpretation, hand-foul or not hand-foul, that is the question! But the real problem is the need of a clearer rule!
J for Junior Tim Cup 2018 which finally started. Good luck, boys!
K for Kean, again in goal as Hellas Verona dominated with 4 goals at Artemio Franchi Stadium. Fiorentina, should we call it a crisis? #Fiorentina-Hellas 1-4
L for Legend! Happy Birthday, Gigi! 40 years and a career of great success! #Buffon
M for Masiello, aka “The Wall,” as Atalanta enjoys his great season and defensive performance. And now that he also started to score, who can stop him? #SassuoloAtalanta 1-1
N for Niang, two goals in three games since Mazzarri walked in Torino and gave the boy a new chance. Luck? No, just Walter!
O for once upon a time there was Inter. Lucky Luciano’s side has not been winning for 9 games in a row. Will Rafinha change the trend?
P for Politano: “Let me go to Napoli!” he said. Sassuolo’s right wing asked his boss to be sold to the Partenopei.
Q for question asked by an angry Zenga to referee Tagliavento after Crotone-Cagliari: “Where did you see the offside? Please, explain your choice on TV!”
R for red cards in a game, the two received by Chievo allowing Juventus to win in 11 against 9.
S for seconds, as Bologna scored at San Paolo after only 24’’. Flash!
T for terrible jersey worn by Juventus. Green? What’s wrong with your marketing strategy?
U for uniformity in decisions, does VAR work the same way for everyone? #CrotoneCagliari #NapoliBologna
V for visual range zero? No! Still, Cutrone deceived players, referees, VAR and live televisions! Forearm, touch, goal!
W for winning away? No, thanks! Benevento missed again the chance!
Y for young players, the hope for a better future in Italian Football: Antonucci (Roma, 18-year-old), Kean (Verona / Juventus, 17), Cutrone (Milan, 20) just to name a few.
Z for Zapata again! Yes, the Colombian striker converted a cross by Murru, and Sampdoria got home from Rome with 3 points. #RomaSampdoria