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Italian Serie A – Round Twenty Three

Top Four:
  1. Juventus
  2. Roma
  3. Napoli
  4. Lazio
Bottom Four:
  1. Empoli
  2. Palermo
  3. Crotone
  4. Pescara

 

February 1, 2017

Pescara                               1-2                       Fiorentina

Gianluca Caprari 15’                                         Cristian Tello 68’ 90’+5’

Pescara Calcio v ACF Fiorentina - Serie A : News Photo

After going down to an early first half goal, Cristian Tello scored two in the second half for Fiorentina to take the maximum points at Pescara.

Pescara remains at the bottom of the table with just a single victory after twenty-two league matches.

 

February 4, 2017

Bologna                               1-7                          Napoli

Vasilios Torosidis 36’                                          Marek Hamsik 4’ 70’ 74’

                                                                               Lorenzo Insigne 6’

                                                                               Dries Mertens 33’ 43’ 90’

FBL-ITA-SERIEA-BOLOGNA-NAPOLI : News Photo

Marek Hamsik and Dries Mertens both scored a hattrick to help Napoli show their class against Bologna.

Both teams were playing with a man down after the 32nd minute. The extra room created with the ‘10v10’ allowed Napoli the space to show their talents in attack.

 

February 5, 2017

AC Milan                             0-1                   Sampdoria

                                                                 Luis Muriel 70’(pen)

FBL-ITA-SERIEA-ACMILAN-SAMPDORIA : News Photo

Sampdoria surprised Milan fans by stealing an away win through Luis Muriel’s second half goal from the spot.

AC Milan has now lost in their last four matches in all competitions and has gone four consecutive Serie A matches without a victory.  Not so long ago, AC Milan was looking like a serious contender for a top four finish in the 2016-17 Serie A season. The trend in their results is not looking good, but there is still time to make amends.

 

Atalanta                                      2-0                          Cagliari

Alejandro Gomez 4’ 17’

Atalanta BC v Cagliari Calcio - Serie A : News Photo

Alejandro Gomez scored two early goals to see Atalanta through to a home victory over Cagliari.

 

Pescara                              2-6                      Lazio

Ahmad Benali 29’                                           Marco Parolo 10’ 14’ 49’ 77’

Gaston Brugman 41’                                       Balde Diao Keita 57’

                                                                            Ciro Immobile 69’

Pescara Calcio v SS Lazio - Serie A : News Photo

Had Gianluca Caprari scored his penalty, Pescara could have taken the lead when Gaston Brugman scored to tie the match at 2-2.

But it was Marco Parolo’s day. The midfielder scored four goals to help see Lazio demolish bottom table Pescara and pick up maximum points.

It is looking like a quick return to Serie B for Pescara after managing a single victory in 23 rounds of the 2016-17 Serie A season.

 

Genoa                                            0-1                  Sassuolo

                                                                                Lorenzo Pellegrini 26’

Genoa CFC v US Sassuolo - Serie A : News Photo

An away victory for Sassuolo allowed them to leap over Genoa in the league standings.

 

Empoli                                          1-1                             Torino

Manuel Pucciarelli 45’+3’                                          Andrea Belotti 11’

 

Had Iago Falque converted his second half penalty, Torino could have had a winner in this fixture.

Thanks to an assist from a puddle of water, Manuel Pucciarelli scored a late goal in the first half to give Empoli a point at home against Torino.  A Torino back pass to goal got caught by a puddle of water on the pitch to allow Mauel Pucciarelli to walk the ball around Torino’s goalkeeper Joe Hart.  You can call this a ‘home advantage’. 

 

ChievoVerona                                   0-0                     Udinese

 

It was an evenly contested goalless draw between Chievo Verona and Udinese. Goal difference is what separates the two in the league standings.  

 

Palermo                                            1-0                   Crotone

Ilija Nestorovski 27’

US Citta di Palermo v FC Crotone - Serie A : News Photo

Despite both teams still remaining in the relegation zone after this fixture, Palermo got an important victory to take them a spot closer to safety.

 

The victory allowed Palermo to equal Crotone in the number of wins in the 2016-17 Serie A season.

 

Juventus                                        1-0                  Inter Milan

Juan Cuadrado 45’

Juventus FC v FC Internazionale - Serie A : News Photo

Both teams were on a good run ahead of this match, but Juventus playing in front of their home crowd seems to never end without them taking at least a point.
Juan Cuadrado late first half strike was the difference maker in this fixture. Juventus remains on top of the league standings, while kicking Inter Milan out of the top four.

 

February 7, 2017

Roma                                             4-0                    Fiorentina

Edin Dzeko 39’ 83’

Federico Fazio 58’

Radja Nainggolan 75’

ACF Fiorentina v AS Roma : Serie A : News Photo

Edin Dzeko scored a brace for Roma, as they regained second spot in the league standings by scoring three second-half goals against  Fiorentina to finish the match with a comfortable ‘4-0’ home victory.

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