The Italian topflight returned to action with midweek fixtures kicking off at the Stadio Ennio Tardini on Tuesday night where Parma’s fine run was halted by a resilient Hellas Verona. Darko Larzovic struck just 10 minutes into the encounter to hand the Gialloblu a hard fought 1-0 win.
Elsewhere, Inter Milan momentarily regained top spot from Juventus following a slim 2-1 at the Stadio Mario Rigamonti over Brescia.
Lautaro Martinez shot Inter into a 26th minute lead and Romelu Lukaku doubled their advantage on 63 minutes with a fine strike from out of the box, his 7th of the campaign. But Brescia pull one back when Dimitri Bisoli’s shot deflected off Milan Skriniar to beat Samir Handanovic with 14 minutes left on the clock.
The Nerazzurri held on to record their 5th consecutive victories on the road in only the 4th time in their history (1966-67, 1997-98 and 2012-13).
On Wednesday night, Atalanta twice came from behind to snatch a 2-2 draw against Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo.
Nikola Maksimovic headed Napoli into the lead on 16 minutes off a Lorenzo Insigne cross, but Remo Freuler equalised for Atalanta 4 minutes before the break after good work from both Rafael Toloi and Ilicic to set him up.
But the Partenopei regained the lead in the second half when Fabian Ruiz’s lofted pass found Arkadiusz Milik and the Pole got around Golini to score on 71 minutes. But the visitors still found a way back into the game for the second time through Josip Ilicic 4 minutes from time after being sent through by Toloi. Napoli protested the goal claiming there was a foul to its build up, but the officials disagreed with Carlo Ancelotti sent to the stands as the game was brought to a controversial end.
At the Dacia Arena, Roma compounded the woes of Udinese with a 4-0 victory despite being a man down for most part of the encounter.
Udinese, fresh from last weekend’s 7-1 thrashing at Atalanta, fell behind after just 13 minutes, Aleksandar Kolarov finding Nicolo Zaniolo to slot home nicely.
But the Romans were reduced to 10 men with the sending off of Federico Fazio after half an hour played.
But the numerical disadvantage spurred the Giallorossi in the second half as they scored three more times through Chris Smalling (51), Justin Kluivert (54) and Aleksandar Kolarov (65. P) to complete a miserable few days for Igor Tudor’s side.
Similarly, city neighbors Lazio inflicted a 4-0 defeat on Torino, whose manager Walter Mazzari was in the Stadio Olimpico stands serving a one match ban after an accumulation of five yellow cards.
From about 30 metres out, Francesco Acerbi shot the Biancocelesti into the lead after 25 minutes and the league’s top scorer Ciro Immobile doubled their advantage 8 minutes later.
Things got worse for Torino after the break as Nicolas Nkoulou was sent off for bringing down Felipe Caicedo in the box and Immobile once again successfully converted in the 70th minute, his 12th of the campaign and 79th overall, becoming the club’s 4th highest goal scorer.
Skipper Andrea Belotti summed up the miserable night for the Granata with an own goal in the 90th minute.
At the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Juventus took back top spot from Inter with a late 2-1 win over Genoa.
Leonardo Bonucci scored from a corner in the 36th minute to give Juve the lead, but four minutes later Christian Kuoame was fortunate to beat Buffon from the edge of the box with a miskick to level the scores.
Francesco Cassata was sent off for Genoa on 51 minutes, while Adrien Rabiot also received a second yellow card three minutes from regulation time.
However, the champions continous onslaught at the Genoa backline yielded dividends as Antonio Sanabria fouled Cristiano Ronaldo in the box, the Portuguese captain stepped up to convert the resultant spot kick deep into stoppage time for his 5th Serie A goal this season.
Elsewhere, Sassuolo were beaten in front of their own fans by Fiorentina, 2-1 it ended at the Mappei Stadium.
Jeremie Boga gave the hosts a first half lead in the 23rd minutes but La Viola came back in the second half with two goals through Gaetano Castrovilli and Nikola Milenkovic in the 63rd and 81st minutes respectively to snatch all three points.
At the Sardegna Arena, Cagliari came from behind to claim a 3-2 win over Bologna.
Federico Santander’s 23rd minute penalty gave the visitors a first half lead, but the Sardenians replied in emphatic fashion in the sexond half through Joao Pedro who struck twice, either side of a Giovanni Simeone goal to retake the initiative and hold on for maximum points, despite a late consolation from Paolo Farago.
Relegation strugglers Sampdoria and Lecce took to the pitch at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris with both sides sharing the spoils 1-1.
Gianluca Lapadula put the visitors in front 8 minutes into the game but Claudio Ranieri’s men found their way back deep into added time in the second half through Gaston Ramirez’s header from a corner, although help was needed from VAR to confirm the goal.
Later tonight, it’ll be AC Milan up against Spal at the San Siro. Both sides with identical form come into the game having taken just 4 points from their last 5 matches, losing 3 in the process.
The Rossoneri currently in 14th, five places above their guests.
- Ciro Immobile (Lazio) – 12 Goals
- Luis Muriel (Atalanta) – 8
- Romelu Lukaku (Inter) – 7
- Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo) – 6
- Duván Zapata (Atalanta) – 6
- Andrea Belotti (Torino) – 5
- Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventu) – 5
- Edin Džeko (AS Roma) – 5
- João Pedro (Cagliari) – 5
- Christian Kouamé (Genoa) – 5