Sunday, June 24, 2018

Serie A Week 38: The League Comes To A Thrilling End

Luca D'Amico-Wong in Editorial, Serie A 29 May 2017


Totti said goodbye after 25 years with Roma. Image: Getty

It was another great week of football in the Serie A as we saw Crotone escape relegation and Totti play his final match. Here’s a recap of the week’s events.

Relegation Race Ends With A Bang

Empoli fell to Palermo as goals from Nestorovski and Corsini were enough to power past Empoli’s lone goal from Krunic. Empoli have to be disappointed with this epic collapse, or perhaps the epic revitalization of Crotone. They will now have to fight in the Serie B again before returning to the Serie A.

Meanwhile, it was all smiles over in Crotone. Nalini and Falcinelli got Crotone off to a great start before Immobile pulled one back for Lazio. Quissanga’s red card for Lazio ultimately sealed the deal as Crotone got one more goal from Nalini to cruise past Lazio. The celebrations went on late into the night as Crotone completed their epic comeback to save themselves from relegation.

Totti Says Farewell

In Roma’s final game of the season, they ended up victorious. Pellegri got Genoa off to an early start before Dzeko and De Rossi put Roma ahead. Lazovic was still intent on ruining Totti’s parade, but a 90th minute goal from Perotti ensured that Roma would clinch that second place spot. Never mind that, though. The game was about Totti and his 25 years at Roma. He is a legend, and he’ll be remembered for that forever. Look back on his career with happiness, not sadness.

Not Enough for Napoli

Napoli cruised past Sampdoria after getting off to an early 3-0 lead courtesy of Mertens, Insigne, and Hamsik. Quagliarella, Callejon, and Alvarez exchanged goals, but it was too little, too late for Sampdoria. While Napoli may not have gotten the second place spot they desired, they fought till the end, and they got closer than most may have imagined.

Torino Best Sassuolo in Eight-Goal Thriller

Torino and Sassuolo combined for eight goals — three from Defrel for Sassuolo, and five from Boye, Baselli, De Silvestri, Falque, and Belotti for Torino. It was a display of offensive excellence, something Torino have been great at all year. Unfortunately for I Granata, their defense did not meet the same standards as they will end up in 9th place on the season.

Seven Goals, Not Bad

Seven goals aren’t bad either. Inter cruised past Udinese at the San Siro after racing out to a 4-0 lead thanks to Eder, Perisic, and Brozovic. After that, it was all Udinese — Balic scoring, Angella with an own goal, and Zapata scoring in stoppage time. It won’t mean much for the Nerazzuri, but a win’s a win.

Juventus Defeat Bologna

Juventus defeated Bologna after a late goal from youngster, Moise Kean, sealed the deal. Raider and Dybala exchanged goals before the youngster’s header ended up in the back of the net. All the players must be focused on the Champions League final ahead, however, as they hope to defeat Real Madrid on June 3rd.

Atalanta Edge Past Chievo

Alejandro Gomez was the sole goalscorer as Atalanta defeated Chievo. While it doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things, Atalanta will end the season as fourth in the league, a remarkable finish that they have to be extremely happy with.

Milan Fall to Cagliari

Milan were bested once again after Pisacane’s late goal sealed the deal for Cagliari, Joao Pedro and Lapadula exchanging goals beforehand. It wasn’t a great game from Milan or an important one, but it highlighted their struggles offensively as Bacca failed to convert from the spot once again.

Pescara Draw With Fiorentina

Pescara looked on track for their fourth win of the season after Caprari and Bahebeck put them out to a   2-0 lead, but Saponara and Vecino had other plans as they equalized for Fiorentina. Pescara will end the season with a depressing 18 points, and they’ll have the chance to return to the Serie

A next year.

All Serie A Results, Week 38

Atalanta vs Chievo 1-0

Bologna vs Juventus 1-2

Cagliari vs Milan 2-1

Roma vs Genoa 3-2

Sampdoria vs Napoli 2-4

Crotone vs Lazio 3-1

Fiorentina vs Pescara 2-2

Inter vs Udinese 5-2

Palermo vs Empoli 2-1

Torino vs Sassuolo 5-3


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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