Sun. Oct 20th, 2019

ROUND UP – SERIE A (MD6)

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It’s been an entertaining start to the Serie A season thus far with Match Day 6 proving to be equally exciting as well.

 

On Saturday, Gigi Buffon earned a piece of history with his 803rd club appearance for Juventus, PSG and Parma (one more than Milan great Paolo Maldini) as the reigning champions recorded a hard fought 2-0 victory over Spal at the Allianz Stadium in Turin.

 

Miralem Pjanic struck a half volley on the stroke of half time to break the deadlock, while Cristiano Ronaldo added a thumping header off a Paolo Dybala’s cross in the 78th minute to make the points safe.

 

Later in the day, Serie A leaders Inter Milan’s perfect start to the season continued with an emphatic 3-1 win against Sampdoria at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

Alexis Sanchez marked his first Serie A start with a goal and a red card as the Nerrazurri’s 6th win of the season marked their best start to a campaign in 52 years.

 

Stefano Sensi’s deflected strike on 20th minute gave Inter the lead & former Manchester United and Arsenal striker Sanchez doubled the advantage 2 minutes later. The Chilean received his marching orders moments after the restart for simulation.

 

Jakub Jankto pulled one back for Sampdoria on 55 minutes, but Roberto Gagliardini restored the leaders’ 2-goal cushion with a rebound shot 6 minutes later.

 

Elsewhere on Saturday, Sassuolo lost 4-1 to Atalanta in a one-sided display at the Mappei Stadium.

 

Papu Gomez scored twice, with a goal apiece from Robin Gosens and Duvan Zapata, all in the first half, before Gregoire Duffel got a consolatory goal for the Neroverdi in the second half.

 

Sunday’s early kickoff was at the Stadio San Paolo where Dries Mertens moved within one goal of Diego Maradona’s record haul for Napoli as the Neapolitans won 2-1 against Brescia.

 

Belgian forward Mertens was on target in the 13th minute to give Napoli the lead. It was his 113th goal for the hosts, just one shy of club great Maradona.

 

Greek Centre Back, Kostas Manolas doubled the advantage on the stroke of half time.

 

And in the 68th minute, Mario Balotelli marked his Serie A return with a goal, heading in Tonali’s corner to give the visitors a lifeline, but Napoli held on for the win.

 

In Rome, Lazio inflicted a 4-0 defeat on Genoa with Sergei Milinkovic-Savic, Stefan Radu, Filipe Caicedo and Ciro Immobile all on target at the Stadio Olimpico.

 

City rivals AS Roma were also victors in Apulia pipping Lecce 1-0 at the Stadio Via del Mare, the goal arriving in the 56th minute with Henrikh Mkhitaryan setting up Edin Dzeko with a fine cross which the Bosnian headed in.

 

Aleksandr Kolarov had the chance to extend their advantage, but the Serb missed his spot kick 10 minutes from regular time.

 

Similarly, Stefano Okaka’s glancing 27th minute header was all Udinese needed to beat Bologna 1-0 at the Dacia Arena.

 

Also on Sunday, Cagliari’s 3-match winning run came to a disappointing end in front of their own fans as they were held 1-1 by Hellas Verona at the Sardegna Arena.

 

Joao Pedro’s 29th minute goal set the Sardegnians on their way to a 4th successive victory, but Davide Faraoni equalised for the guests in the 66th minute and they held on for what would be the first draw between the pair in 23 years.

 

Sunday’s last game was at the San Siro with AC Milan suffering their third successive loss of the season, going down 3-1 to Fiorentina and heaping the pressure on underfire manager Marco Gianpaolo.

 

Ismail Bennacer brought down Federico Chiesa in the box and Erik Pulgar duly converted in the 14th minute as the Viola went into the break with the lead.

 

Mateo Musacchio took an early shower 11 minutes after the restart with a straight red for a rash tackle on Franck Ribery.

 

The visitors went 2 up in the 66th minute with Gaetano Castrovilli rebound shot at the back of the net.

 

Four minutes later, Bennacer gave away a second penalty after fouling  Castrovilli in the box, but Donnauruma saved the resultant kick from Chiesa.

 

Franck Ribery crowned his night with a brilliant solo effort to make it 3-0 for Firorentina in the 78th minute.

 

New boy Rafael Leão grabbed a debut Seria A goal for the Rossoneri 10 minutes from time, but Vincenzo Montella’s men held on for their second victory on the bounce.

 

Parma vs Torino at the Stadio Tardini will complete the roll call of match day 6 on Monday.

 

The hosts lie in 13th place after picking up 2 wins and 3 defeats from their opening 5 fixtures, while the Granata have 2 losses and 3 wins from same number of games.

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