Results from round seven:
Serie A table:
Last minute equaliser for Venezia denies Cagliari
Cagliari seem to enter a path with no way out, as they are the only team yet to win a Serie A game this season.
Keita Balde led the Sardinians in front, giving hope of three points for over 70 minutes. The Senegalese now becoming the most prolific player from his nation in the Serie A with 40 goals.
Just about when it looked like they could pull it off, 19 years-old Gianluca Busio found the deflection of Martin Caceres, as his strike inevitably went in.
It’s come for Salernitana
Milan Djuric finally gives Salernitana’s Serie A adventure a new whole meaning, as his header gives them their first win of the season.
After six null attempts, plus the idea that they were already condemned to relegation, they suddenly move a point shy of the safety zone.
It’s their first win in the league since 1999, as relegation rivals Genoa are denied, thanks to a great performance by goalkeeper Vid Belec.
Do Juventus still stand a chance for the league?
A third consecutive league win, and a streak of 20 consecutive games with a goal conceded coming to an end.
Juventus start meaning business, with Manuel Locatelli giving them a marginal win in the derby with Torino. This moves them up to seventh place and is making them as convincing candidates for the high places after an awful start.
The lead is still 10 points away, but former champions Inter are distant just six points. With 31 games left, all is to play for.
Edin Dzeko continues to shine in Inter colours
With six goals in seven Serie A games, who would have thought that Edin Dzeko could quickly take in the footsteps of Romelu Lukaku at Inter.
Coming off only seven Serie A goals in 2020/21, Dzeko is proving the critics wrong, once again rescuing Inter. He scored just seconds after coming in for a struggling Joaquin Correa and gained the penalty with which Lautaro Martinez won the game.
Sassuolo are denied, despite a heroic performance, which saw them go up, as 10 of Inter’s 17 points came after being down on the score. Sign of good personality or of bad days to come?
Surprising Bologna shock Lazio
After a huge derby win, nobody would have seen coming a 3-0 win for Bologna over the Biancocelesti.
The home side were off quickly, scoring twice within a quarter of an hour. Musa Barrow netted a beautiful effort, before assisting Arthur Theate from the corner flag.
The Gambian was on fire and also assisted Aaron Hickey, who sealed the game, as Lazio’s misfortunes concluded with Francesco Acerbi’s red card for dissent.
Verona are transformed under Igor Tudor
Since the Croatian manager took over, only four teams won more points than Hellas Verona. The Gialloblu are unbeaten in four games, after they lost their opening three under Eusebio Di Francesco.
A dominant performance saw them win 4-0 against Spezia, with new signing Giovanni Simeone scoring again, followed by the goalscoring defender Davide Faraoni.
In the last four games, Verona scored 12 goals, only Inter scored more in those specific games. Not bad for a side that was formerly known for being very defensive minded.
Candreva keeps shining, but Udinese hold off Sampdoria
A spectacular fixture between the two sides, which finished 3-3 in what is actually the game in Serie A history that finished with this exact score the most times (five).
Fabio Quagliarella became the 13th best goalscorer in the league’s history, netting for the 17th consecutive season, whilst his teammate Antonio Candreva keeps producing great performances.
The Italian winger firstly caused Jens Stryger Larsen’s own goal after hitting the bar and then produced a wondergoal from the outside of the box. Udinese were still able to snatch a draw, twice with goals given by VAR.
Lorenzo Pellegrini set to become a Roma legend
In what is the fifth season for Roma, 25 years-old Pellegrini is already the club captain. He finally renewed his contract until 2026 and expressed his desire of remaining as part of the club.
The midfielder really matured this season under Jose Mourinho, already having seven goals and two assists in ten games, including the winner on Sunday against Empoli.
The game helped consolidate Roma’s position in the top four, as the Giallorossi remain in the chasing pack, which sees the top four teams distanced by two points each.
Napoli’s seventh heaven
When Lucas Martinez Quarta gave Fiorentina the lead, rival fans quietly hoped that Napoli’s run of victories would finally end.
After a convincing start, La Viola were betrayed by their goal scorer, who fouled an explosive Victor Osimhen and gave away a penalty. Lorenzo Insigne missed, but Hirving Lozano ensured the chance wasn’t wasted and equalised on the rebound.
Amir Rrahmani’s header is another excellent build-up of play from a free-kick (not the first time they score this way) and it means Napoli get a seventh consecutive win.
Milan wipe out Atalanta, as Donnarumma is forgotten
Don’t let the score fool you, as the match between Atalanta and Milan was seeing the Rossoneri lead by three goals with five minutes left to the game.
They were off superbly, with Davide Calabria scoring within seconds of kick-off and Sandro Tonali mounting on an awful mistake by Remo Freuler. Rafael Leao later made it 3-0 at minute 78th.
Essentially, Atalanta attacked for 85 minutes, but individual mistakes had huge repercussions on the score, as Mike Maignan also offered a man of the match performance. The two goals coming with a penalty and on the last minute of the game, having no influence on the result.
With their best ever Serie A start, Milan are not dropping off and remain in Napoli’s tail.
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