Napoli has a new hero, and his name is Kalidou Koulibaly. With just one minute to go, silence fell over the Allianz Stadium as the Senegalese center back pushed the ball past Gianluigi Buffon to give the Azzurri their first win in Turin in 10 years, disrupting Massimiliano Allegri’s perfect plan. Napoli closed the distance, the gap with Juventus now reduced to one point only, with four matches to go.
The good news for Milan and Gennaro Gattuso is that they will never have to face Benevento again. The spell cast by Roberto De Zerbi’s Witches over the Rossoneri in the first leg continued to have effect, as the Giallorossi earned a stunning 0-1 win in San Siro last night, thanks to a lone goal by Pietro Iemmello. Benevento continued to fight against mathematics, and pushed relegation a few more hours away.
For six minutes, Serie A 2017-2018 virtually ended in the hands of Juventus last Wednesday, as Massimiliano Allegri’s band were all set to increase their gap versus pursuing Napoli to nine points. But then, the unexpected happened in Round 33, with the Bianconeri conceding a shocking equaliser at Crotone, and Maurizio Sarri’s Azzurri managing to come from behind with Udinese.
A phenomenal save by Gianluigi Donnarumma in the 92nd minute put a damper on Napoli’s residual Scudetto hopes, as the Partenopei were held onto a goalless draw by Milan in San Siro, thus seeing their gap with Juventus widening to six points. The 19-year-old goalie found the best way to celebrate his 100th Serie A cap, but his late exploit may cost much to the club of his hometown Napoli.
If the Roma-Juventus feud characterized the first half of the ‘80s in Italian football, there is no doubt about Milan-Napoli being the most exciting duel towards the end of the decade. The match that set the beginning of this rivalry took place on January 3, 1988, when Ruud Gullit – who had just been awarded the Ballon d’Or for the year 1987 – drove the Partenopei nuts, and inflicted them their first seasonal defeat.
The saddest of Serie A rounds, the one cancelled one month ago after the shocking passing of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori, was recovered between Tuesday and Wednesday. Seven matches out of ten still needed to be played. The program featured a long-awaited Derby di Milano, but the stracittadina didn’t live up to expectations and ended with no goals. Therefore, the stage was stolen by Andrea Belotti and his three goals, which came at the end of a tormented season.
Our weekly selection of the Top Serie A goals inevitably picked a few samples from the goalfest in the Stadio Olimpico between Lazio and Benevento. However, even the big match Juventus-Milan featured some excellent scoring to be featured in our gallery. And while SPAL proved to be stronger that unfavorable refereeing decisions – and did it with some showmanship of bel gioco – the prize for the best goal of the week lands in Milano, and in the capable hands of Ivan Perisic.
The Serie A amusement park reopened, and saw Juventus promptly jumping back to +4 over Napoli, as the Neapolitans were held to a tie by Sassuolo. The Bianconeri, on the other hand, overcame Milan 3-1 in the partitissima of the weekend. The thrilling battle for the top scorer title between Ciro Immobile and Mauro Icardi continued, with both bombers scoring twice to lead respectively Lazio and Inter to winning their games, and reducing their distance versus third-placed Roma.
If Juventus end up extending their Scudetto streak to seven titles, Massimiliano Allegri and his boys will remember those minutes when they managed to switch the momentum of last night’s match with Milan as one of those moments that made the difference. With a wheezing Napoli being held onto a 1-1 draw by Sassuolo earlier in the afternoon, the Old Lady widened again their gap versus them after beating the Rossoneri 3-1.
It was a weekend of international football, where the top National sides in the world squared off for some friendly matches in preparation for the upcoming World Cup. Yes, even those that did not qualify. Serie A consequently took a break, but if you think you are missing your weekly dose of calcio, here is something that will ease your pain. Just sit back, relax and enjoy our selection of the Top 3 goals scored in the most recent Serie A round.
This is a special edition of our A to Z column. As yesterday the whole world of football remembered Fiorentina captain Davide Astori after his tragic passing, we also thought to honor him our way. We highlighted some key moments in his career, the good and the bad ones, that made his history. We did it to remember and celebrate an unfortunate player and a good man, who delighted us with many of those football moments that remind us why we love this game.
The match clou of Serie A Round 28 at San Siro Stadium ended with no goals and no winners, as Inter and Napoli failed to hurt each other, and left the pitch with their sheets clean. Tonight’s celebration was all for Juventus, which overtook the Azzurri at the top of the league and now have the chance to increase their newly-gained lead to +4 points, should they win their catch-up match with Atalanta next Wednesday.