Results from round four:
Serie A table:
Are Torino finally kicking in?
Ivan Juric’s Torino get their second consecutive win to move up to six points. After a difficult beginning it looks like the Croatian coach’s work is finally being implemented.
Torino had a lot of chances and were twice denied by the woodwork in the first-half.
New signing Marko Pjaca scored with less than 10 minutes to go to give Sassuolo their second consecutive defeat in the final minutes.
Saponara stars under the rain
Riccardo Saponara’s career didn’t quite kick in the way he wanted, after leaving Empoli in 2017 to join Fiorentina. The midfielder struggled to find playing time and was loaned out multiple times.
Having finally started a season for Fiorentina for only the third time in six years, he came on to punish one of his former sides, Genoa, with a goal and an assist.
Fiorentina get their third consecutive win, whilst Genoa lose three of the four opening games for only the third time in the three-points per victory era.
Inter’s goal galore increases their regret
Simone Inzaghi’s side were disappointed on Wednesday, having dominated large parts of the game against Real Madrid, but failing to score a single goal despite multiple chances.
They threw out all their frustration towards Bologna, who were the unfortunate protagonists of a 6-1 defeat, where they saw all about Inter’s attacking power.
It’s a vital win for the Nerazzurri, that comes after failing to win the last two games, including a Champions League match. Edin Dzeko, with two, Lautaro Martinez, Nicolo Barella, Matias Vecino and Milan Skriniar all scored, but what if at least one of those goals had been saved for Wednesday?
Atalanta yet to find form, but win against Salernitana
Surprisingly, Atalanta keep struggling, not quite managing to play the way they want.
Their high press and spectacular build-up is far from being seen, but Atalanta don’t drop points against an opponent out of their league, that being Salernitana.
The new side played level heads for large parts of the game and even hit the post with Joel Obi, but Duvan Zapata avoided a major scare by snatching the winning goal at the 75th minute.
It’s important for them not to drop too many points in this tough period, whilst Salernitana will wonder when their moment will come. It’s been four games now and they keep losing.
Sampdoria’s first win finally comes
It’s been a long time coming in 2021/22, but at their fourth game, Sampdoria get their first win with a big 3-0 at Empoli.
The Blucerchiati had three tough opening fixtures, against Milan, Sassuolo and Inter, in which they claimed two points. They still showed positive things and, in fact, the occasion arrived soon.
Francesco Caputo, an Empoli legend, converted his first two goals for Sampdoria against his former side, with man of the match Antonio Candreva sealing the win with a long effort.
Late win for Spezia thanks to Bourabia
Mehdi Bourabia sent all the Venezia fans into despair, as he netted a winner with 40 seconds to go.
Both sides didn’t give up to attacking, despite the precarious situation in which they found themselves in the table. Spezia went up with defender Simone Bastoni’s stunning effort, but were caught with Pietro Ceccaroni’s header.
Just when it looked like the referee was ready to blow the whistle, Bourabia gained the ball, dribbled a few players and let go a superb effort, which gave Thiago Motta’s team their first win.
Bourabia is a specialist of these type of goals. All of his four in the Serie A came from outside the box and, incredibly, the last three were all after the 87th minute.
Dream debut for coach Igor Tudor
Few people expected Verona to beat Jose Mourinho’s Roma, considering the Gialloblu were still pointless and winless since April.
A poor start to the season caused the sacking of Eusebio Di Francesco, with the board wasting no time to replace the coach.
Tudor was called up for what it’s his just second Serie A experience, after that with Udinese and got a dream result with goals from Antonin Barak, Gianluca Caprari and Davide Faraoni.
Danilo Cataldi denies a great start to Walter Mazzarri
Cagliari also got a new manager after just three games, with Mazzarri replacing Leonardo Semplici.
Maurizio Sarri’s Lazio are winless in three games, after a scintillating start to the season. The beginning of the second-half was horrible, as Joao Pedro equalised within a minute and then assisted Keita Balde, who punished his former side.
In what was a poor day for both Roman sides, Mazzarri was denied a come-back win, with Cataldi finding the back of the net at the 83rd minute.
Milan come-back against still winless Juventus
It’s a draw that will surely please more the Milan fans, with the side tying Inter at 10 points despite having played already two tough games with Lazio and Juventus.
On the other hand, the Bianconeri are yet to win one and incredibly lie in the relegation zone, with two points after four games.
Alvaro Morata scored just minutes after kick-off, as for a while Juventus were far the better side. However, Milan showed good personality and determination, snatching a draw thanks to Ante Rebic.
As Stefano Pioli said: “To win against such an opponent last year, we had to hope in a miracle. Now we need to be aware we can win this type of games”.
Napoli look at everyone from the top
Naples must be the happiest city in Italy at this time of the year, with the team remaining as the only one with a perfect score, having won all four games.
Udinese was set to be a difficult clash, given they were still unbeaten, but Luciano Spalletti’s team proved too good and scored four goals to return at the top of the table after three years.
All of Napoli’s goals were spectacular, as the Azzurri prove to have many attacking solutions and, against the odds, are the team with the second-lowest distance covered in the first games. Napoli are very efficient and can dream high.
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