Serie A Round 31 from A to Z

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A for another stop for Roma. Second defeat in a row for the Giallorossi, after the one suffered in Champions League against Barcelona, and only one point collected in the last two games of Serie A. A change of pace is needed to conquer the third position! #Roma

B for boredom: In a conventional use, it is an emotional state experienced when a person is left without anything to do or to enjoy. In other words, Sampdoria–Genoa, better known as the Derby della Lanterna. No emotions and no goals this time.

C for Cagliari, which are now fully involved in the relegation fight. Is Diego Lopez the right coach? #Relegation

D for Di Francesco: “Against Barcelona, we will go for a Miracle!” What about two miracles, Eusebio? #endeavour

E for exploit by Cheick Diabaté! With the last two goals to Juventus, the Malian striker is now at five scoring in the last five matches, exactly one every 39 minutes. It’s so unfortunate that he joined Benevento on loan only in January! #Benevento
This gigantic Malian striker has scored five goals for Benevento in less than three presences. Too bad that the Streghe missed him during the first part of the season!

F for fracture, while Sebastian Vettel triumphed in Bahrain, Kimi Raikkonen hit a Ferrari mechanic who suffered of double fracture. #Insane!

H for humble people? Not the of Leonardo Bonucci and Lorenzo Insigne. While the first sent the referee to hell, the second replied with some insults to his supporters. Not Nice!

I for ‘Italy has mediocre players and no talent’, Fabio Capello said. Time to #retire?

J for Jonathan Silva, a mystery for Roma and their Football Director Monchi, The Argentinian left back arrived in Trigoria on loan from Sporting Lisboa during the last transfer window. After three months, Di Francesco has still to offer him the chance of tasting some Italian football. Zero Minutes played. #waste

K for Kalinic, whose goal allowed Milan to avoid a loss to Sassuolo. However, the Rossoneri missed the opportunity to get closer to the Champions League train. #Milan

L for like father, like son. El Cholito Giovanni Simeone keeps surprising, and showing his potential and talent. Yesterday, he played another great match scoring one goal that secured three points for Fiorentina. Will Diego Simeone request for his son to join Atletico? #family
22-year-old Giovanni Simeone has already scored 10 goals for Fiorentina this year (Photo: Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

M for marching to right direction! In the run to avoid relegation, Leonardo Semplici’s SPAL gained another important point, and extended their non-losing streak to six games #SPAL

N for N’Koulu, together with the Post and a superlative Salvatore Sirigu, stopped Inter in Torino. The Nerazzurri missed a chance to capture the third position, and Roma could breath a sigh of relief! #TorinoInter

O for opportunity missed also for Atalanta. Their attempt to remain closer to the Europa League qualification area failed, as SPAL’ motivation seemed stronger than that of the Bergamaschi.

P for positive streak. The Viola won their last six matches in a row, and are now aiming for a spot in Europe next season, all in the name of #Astori13 #respect

Q for quake in Napoli, which started when Arkadiusz Milik equalised in the 89th minute, continued with Amadou Diawara’s scoring the 2-1 in the 93rd, and didn’t finish until the 50000 home supporters left the stadium. However, buildings around San Paolo Stadium are reported to still be shaking!

R for Rizzoli, the Serie A Referee Designator who admitted the mistake: “Federico Bernardeschi’s handball against Cagliari was a clear penalty.” #TooLate

S for six teams in five points: Verona (25), Crotone (27), Spal (27), Cagliari (29), Chievo (29), and Sassuolo (30). The relegation battle is getting tougher and tougher! #SerieA vs #SerieB

T for three times Dybala. After receiving some criticism at his performance from last Tuesday – when he scored a red card during the match against Real Madrid – this time the Argentinian striker converted two penalties, and added a wonderful goal to lead Juventus to the victory. #BeneventoJuventus
A new hat-trick for Paulo Dybala, and a very important one: It took all of the Argentinian’s class  to allow Juventus taking over a somewhat tenacious Benevento

U for ugly words by Massimo Ferrero, President of Sampdoria: ‘The Ball is like a woman, must be penetrated’. Disrespectful & Obscene!

V for variety. For the first time ever, Udinese took the field against Lazio wearing eleven different black and white jerseys, picked by their fans among some historical Udinese outfits. The jerseys will eventually be sold during an auction.

W for while in Germany, England, Spain, and France the league leadership is well defined, Serie A is still offering tension, emotions and surprises! What a show! #SerieA

Y for year 1993. We need to go back to twenty-four years ago, to find the last time that Torino won in Milano against Inter. Walter Mazzarri’s players are knocking at Europe’s door! #EuropaLeague

Z for Zona Cesarini (“Cesarini Zone,” as you call in Italy those very last minutes of a game, when 1930s’ striker Renato Cesarini used to score most of his goals…), now known as “Zona Diawara” in Napoli – thanks to a late goal by the Guinean which allowed the Azzurri to beat Chievo in the 93rd minute!

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