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Results from round eight of the 2020/21 Serie A season:

Serie A table:

Where are Lazio at? 

Lazio continue their up and down season, but this time they are on the positive end, as Ciro Immobile returns to score against Crotone. The hosts remain bottom of the table with just two points, while Lazio lift to 14 in joint-sixth position.

The following two league games will see the Biancocelesti facing Udinese and Spezia. Can they add continuity to their results? 

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Spezia keep exceeding expectations

Keeping Atalanta to a 0-0 is something Vincenzo Italiano’s men should be very proud of, particularly in this offensive Serie A. It is only the fifth goalless draw since the start of the season and it involves the team that scored the most goals last season: Atalanta. 

Whilst it is obvious that Gian Piero Gasperini’s team is struggling, Spezia gain their ninth point. Most people put them certain for relegation, but with some impressive organisation and discipline, coach Italiano is really doing an amazing job. 

Cristiano Ronaldo thrives Juventus forward

Another record beaten by CR7, who becomes the first Juventus player to score in all of his first five league games of the season. Apparently, he is helping to solve Juventus’ problems, as they haven’t had the best start. He keeps being very decisive: when he was on the pitch, eight of Juventus’ 11 goals were from him. 

Can the Bianconeri return back to the top with their main man back at full form? 

New Fiorentina off to a slow start

Last week, La Viola replaced Giuseppe Iachini with Cesare Prandelli, who had managed the side up until 2010, combining with Fiorentina’s last appearance in the Champions League to date. 

However, it is Benevento who get a crucial away win in Firenze, thanks to Riccardo Improta’s goal, that helps putting an end to a four losses streak. In fact, Fiorentina have a bad relationship with newly-promoted sides, having lost seven of the last 14 games against one of them, only winning two. 

Ever since the change of property in the Summer of 2019, Fiorentina’s ambitions have not been matched. Can Prandelli help finding their way back up? 

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Bologna move one game away from worst-ever record

A solid 2-1 win against Sampdoria gifts three important points to Bologna, but Sinisa Mihajlovic’s team conceded a goal from the 41st consecutive game. They are only one game away from the top-five leagues negative record of Bordeaux back in 1960.

Can Lukas Skorupski finally keep a clean sheet next week against Crotone? They have the worst attack of the league and this is a great chance for Bologna to not be associated with such a negative record. 

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Henrikh Mkhytarian continues to shine

After last game’s hat-trick, Mkhytarian continues to carry Roma up. The Armenian netted two against Parma, including a spectacular long-range volley. He is now up to five goals and four assists in the league, leading Roma in both categories.

The Giallorossi continue to move up, now sitting in third place. On the counter side, Parma keep struggling and remain just one point above relegation.

Last crazy 30 minutes rescue Inter

When Christian Ansaldi’s penalty went in at the 62′ minute, setting the score to 2-0 for Torino, Inter fans must have been living nightmares. It was a poor display up until then for Antonio Conte’s team, who still managed to come out on top.

Just five minutes later, the score was back on a draw and a subsequent penalty from Romelu Lukaku helped put Inter in front, before Lautaro Martinez’s late goal.

Opta revealed the Nerazzuri are the side that gained the most points from a losing position (seven), while Torino have lost the most from a winning position (14). Can fortunes start swinging for Inter now?

Sassuolo temporarily on top

When you score two past the best defence in the league you show you are doing something important, as Sassuolo won 2-0 at Verona. Additionally, if you win four consecutive away games for the first time in your history and are unbeaten after the first eight matches, you are making a mark.

Roberto De Zerbi and Sassuolo love each other, as the Neroverdi were temporarily on top before Milan’s win on Sunday night. Domenico Berardi scores another one, as Sassuolo keep showing they can be dangerous at any time, even when their top scorer Francesco Caputo is absent. 

Rodrigo De Paul gives Udinese some breathing space

A very tight game between Udinese and Genoa results in the home side getting crucial three points. At the Dacia Arena a goal by the skipper is enough to see Udinese move up to 16th, two points above relegation, in which Genoa remain.

Late drama was produced as baby hero Gianluca Scamacca scored at the very last, but VAR ruled his goal out, in a match of fine margins

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic makes Milan dream

39 years-old, six league games, four braces and a total of 10 goals. There are no words to describe what Ibrahimovic does for Milan, who beat Napoli on Sunday night to remain on top of the table. Even though he was forced out with a late injury, Ibrahimovic was able to make the difference once more, as he continues to score and make Milan win.

The only time Milan won 20 points in the first eight games, it was 2003-04, their penultimate Scudetto to date. There is no sign of cracking at the moment, and dreaming is truly legit for Milan, when there is such a decisive leader in the team.  

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