Monday, October 23, 2017

Serie A Week 32: Thrilling Derby, Roma Slip

Luca D'Amico-Wong in Editorial, Serie A 17 Apr 2017

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Zapata

Zapata scored in the 97th minute to rescue Milan from defeat against bitter rivals, Inter. Image: Getty

Zapata rescued Milan, Higuain shined again, and Roma finally slipped up in an exciting week of Italian football. Here’s the rundown on the week’s events.

Zapata Heroic

It was another thrilling derby with the same scoreline but a different turn of events. Hosts, Inter, got off to a quick start thanks to goals from Candreva and Icardi. It looked done and dusted, but Milan were unwilling to give up. Romagnoli pulled one back in the 83rd minute with a great volley, and the hero of the match, Zapata, scored an acrobatic goal on the last kick of the game. It was a thrilling sight, and it shows hope for the future.

Dzeko Not Enough

Roma finally slipped up against Atalanta. Kurtic opened up the scoring first, and Dzeko equalized early in the second half, but the Giallorossi were unable to take home all three points. The draw could be costly for Roma, who now sit just two points behind Napoli, a team that has been on fire as of late.

Pescara? No Problem

Juventus had no troubles in dispatching Pescara thanks to a brace from Argentinian, Gonzalo Higuain. Juventus have all but sealed the title, and barring another miracle from Barcelona, they should be through to the semifinals of the Champions League.

Injury Time Saves Lazio

Lazio emerged with a point at Genoa thanks to two goals in injury time. Simeone opened the scoring in the 10th minute before Biglia tapped in a fortuitous rebound in the (45+2) minute. Pandev put Genoa ahead once again, but Luis Alberto equalized in the 91st minute. It was a tight affair, and Lazio were lucky to escape with a point.

Empoli Stun Fiorentina

El Kaddouri opened the scoring for Empoli before Tello equalized for the Viola. It wasn’t over, and in what seems to be a pattern this week in the Serie A, Pasqual scored in the 93rd minute to grab all three points for Empoli. Things got even worse when star player Nikola Kalinic got himself sent off in the 95th minute. It was a poor performance from Fiorentina, and they need to be better if they wish to compete in Europe.

Udinese No Match for Napoli

Napoli demolished Udinese thanks to goals from Mertens, Allan, and Callejon respectively. Napoli have the chance to surpass Roma for that second place spot, and if they continue to play this well, Roma will have to watch out.

Il Gallo Continues Scoring

Belotti converted a penalty and Nwankwo equalized for Crotone in Torino’s 1-1 draw with Crotone. Torino have been great offensively, but their defense is lacklustre to say the least, and they need some improvements over the summer transfer window.

Cagliari Demolish Chievo

Chievo were left no hope as Cagliari routed them 4-0. The goals came from Borriello, Sau, and Joao Pedro. Cagliari haven’t had the greatest season, but they have avoided relegation, and they’ll look to improve next year.

Sassuolo Defeat Sampdoria

Schick scored first for Sampdoria, but they were unable to hold their lead. Two quick goals from Sassuolo early in the second half from Ragusa and Acerbi got them the win.

Palermo Can’t Convert Chances

Palermo dominated the match, especially after Pulgar was sent off in the 24th minute, but they were unable to convert and emerged with the one point.

All Serie A Results, Week 32

Inter vs Milan 2-2

Cagliari vs Chievo 4-0

Fiorentina vs Empoli 1-2

Genoa vs Lazio 2-2

Palermo vs Bologna 0-0

Pescara vs Juventus 0-2

Roma vs Atalanta 1-1

Torino vs Crotone 1-1

Sassuolo vs Sampdoria 2-1

Napoli vs Udinese 3-0

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Luca D'Amico-Wong


Writer for Various Blogs including The AC Milan Offside on SBNation, Courtside Watch, Forza Italian Football, Clash Royale Tactics, and Soccer News. Loves AC Milan and Roger Federer. Avid football and video game fan who loves to travel. Will find blogging about football and video games in his free time.

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