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Results from round six:

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Brahim Diaz wins it on Daniel Maldini’s day

The Maldini legacy continues, in what was the first game as a starter for Daniel, the son of the legendary Paolo and grandson of Cesare. 

Milan continue on top form, despite a late scare. Daniele Verde equalised Maldini’s opener, with 10 minutes to go, but Diaz was there when it mattered and won it for the Rossoneri. 

So, 4927 days after his father Paolo’s last goal, Maldini can celebrate a win, as Milan move two points in front of city rivals Inter.

Thrilling finale in spectacular Inter v Atalanta

A game that could go either way, a swing of emotions from right to left, plus high quality football that serves as perfect publicity for the Serie A. 

Lautaro Martinez’s spectacular volley started the show. After some great 20 minutes from Inter, Atalanta stormed back and Ruslan Malinovskyi responded with another stunner. 

His rocket from long range took Samir Handanovic by surprise, as another long effort which was poorly kept out from the Slovenian gave Atalanta the lead with Rafael Toloi’s tap-in. 

Inter equalised with Edin Dzeko, as it looked like that after being a step away from collapsing they could even win it with a penalty. 

Federico Dimarco struck the crossbar and missed; two minutes later Roberto Piccoli capitalised on another Handanovic howler, but the ball previously went out of play and the referee disallowed. After 18 straight home wins, Inter’s record collapses in this modern classic. 

More late drama, as Mattia Destro scored with a bottle in his hand

This Saturday of Serie A football could produce excitement even in a game between Genoa and Verona, who shared the spoils in a 3-3 draw. 

The visitors went up by two goals, with Giovanni Simeone scoring and earning a penalty converted by Antonin Barak. It looked like it could be an easy run for Verona, but it all changed with a late distraction. 

Pawel Dawidowicz’s handball gave Genoa a way back at the 77th minute, as Domenico Criscito scored a penalty for the third game in a row. Three minutes later, Destro equalised and then a further five he led Genoa in front. 

Game over? Not a chance. Nikola Kalinic’s 91st minute effort gave Verona a draw. 

Juventus getting going with consecutive wins

Juventus get back in the top half of the table with another win, coming against Sampdoria. They keep suffering until the final whistle, but get three more points which help increasing the morale. 

Paulo Dybala scored the first goal, but was later subbed off in tears due to an injury. 

Leonardo Bonucci became the first Juventus defender to score a penalty since 2012 and Manuel Locatelli got his first goal for the Bianconeri. 

Vlahovic thrives super Fiorentina

Fiorentina mean serious business this season, with their fourth win in six games. Dusan Vlahovic’s penalty gives them a marginal lead against Udinese, which they manage to keep thanks to goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski.

This clash will forever remain in history as the one in which Fiorentina’s captain Davide Astori lost his life the night before. During the game there were claps in memory of the defender. 

Fiorentina tie Roma in fourth place and seem to get continuity in their results. It would be pleasing for neutral fans to see them return so high in the table. 

Salernitana are once again denied by Sassuolo

At this point last season, Sassuolo were second with 14 points. This season, they were coming off three consecutive defeats and desperately needed a positive result to bounce back. 

Bottom placed Salernitana are left with empty hands for the fifth time in six games, as Domenico Berardi’s header keeps them in last place.

Empoli’s daring win puts them in the top half

Empoli lost three games out of six, just four teams did worse. However, the fact they won all the others means that for the time being they are safe in the top half. 

It was a stunning weekend of Serie A football, as Empoli v Bologna witnessed six goals, a penalty miss, the woodwork hit an incredible four times and an own goal. 

Kevin Bonifazi scored into his own net within less than a minute, Musa Barrow netted a fine long shot, but Bologna lost the opportunity to comeback as Marko Arnautovic missed a penalty. 

Andrea Pinamonti and Nedim Bajrami put Empoli two goals up, Arnautovic redeemed himself, but Samuele Ricci sealed the victory at the 90th minute. 

Maurizio Sarri wins over Jose Mourinho in the Derby della Capitale

Another thrilling game in the Serie A, in what is a historic clash that means a lot for all people living in the capital. 

Lazio were off strong and quickly scored two goals with Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Pedro in rapid succession. The Spaniard being just the third player to score in the derby for both teams. 

Roger Ibanez gave Roma some hope, but Felipe Anderson scored after a beautiful counter-attack from Ciro Immobile. Jordan Veretout’s 70th minute penalty wasn’t enough for Roma to salvage a point. 

Six out of six for unstoppable Napoli

There is nothing that currently stops Victor Osimhen’s Napoli. The Nigerian is a force of nature, scoring his sixth goal in the month of September and earning the penalty which Lorenzo Insigne scored. 

Napoli utterly dominated Cagliari, surprising for their defensive solidity and attacking prowess. 

Luciano Spalletti is a specialist of strong starts. Will Napoli have the same continuity throughout the season? 

Aramu gets a goal against his academy team

After 47 years, Torino and Juventus will play a game tied on points, as the Granata’s draw with Venezia puts them ninth with eight points. 

Josip Brekalo’s first goal wasn’t enough, as Venezia salvaged a draw with former Torino academy player Mattia Aramu. 

The midfielder didn’t celebrate despite having found his first goal in the competition, as his penalty came after Koffie Djidji’s second consecutive foul in the box. 

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