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Juventus got back to winning ways by defeating Cagliari 3-1, after a mini slump by their standards Juve got an important win. The goals for La Grande Signora we’re scored by Carlos Tevez, Arturo Vidal and Fernando Llorente while Luca Rossettini replied for the Sardinians. With the Romans nipping at their heels the Bianconeri had no margin for error the pressure was high however being cool under pressure is one of the things that make Juve unique and they showed it once again. The Juve players we’re very dominant, the only shot at the net for Cagliari went in. The hope is that the wins continue for the Bianconeri and with Roma just 1 point behind it’s no time to falter. Not much to say for Cagliari they we’re beaten by a superior talented team however they must continue to believe, they know they can play better.
Roma and AC Milan played to a 0-0 stale mate, a win would have permitted the Romans to surpass Juve for top spot, the soccer gods had other plans for the Romans it seems. A result that will at least keep them within striking distance of the top spot. The Giallorossi dominated possession as expected although the AC players did not give an inch and fought for every ball, in my view a good performance from both clubs in spite of the score line. Roma must continue to believe had keep the pressure on if they want any hope of finishing first. AC for their part must be proud of the fact that they have had 2 consecutive games without giving up a goal, their defense seems to be slowly improving and the ambitions are growing in Milan.
Napoli regained third spot with an emphatic 2-0 win against Parma. Duvan Zapata who keeps scoring when called upon and Belgian sensation Dries Mertens got the goals for the Partenopei who needed this win in front of their fans to boost moral and confidence. A dominant performance from the Napulitane that will keep them challenging for a Champions League. The Parmiggiani are a shadow of themselves they are in serious trouble and Roberto Donadoni is in danger of losing his job.
Fiorentina hit a wall against Empoli in Florence no less in a 1-1 draw. A surprising result due in part to the ability of the Empoli players to keep the ball away for the Viola. A masterful display of poise and composure from both teams. Fiorentina will take this point because they know Empoli played well and the point keeps them in contention for Champion League play. Empoli can be proud of their display against one of the better teams in Europe. They will surprise a lot of teams if they keep playing like that.
Inter and Lazio squared off in a 2-2 draw, a goal fest of sorts that satisfies both teams although Inter needed a win to stay close to the group of hopefuls. The goals came from Felipe Anderson with 2 for Lazio and Argentinian Rodriguo Palacio and Mateo Kovaciic replied for Inter. Both teams gave it all they had a sea saw battle throughout the match with Mateo Kovacic being the man of the match in my eyes
In other results
Torino surprised Genoa 2-1 in a hard fought match
Sampadoria and Udinese played to a 2-2 draw
Chievo Verona defeated Hellas Verona 1-0 in very old city derby
Atalanta di Bergamo and Palermo played to a goal fest draw of 3-3
Finally Sassuolo and Cesena also played to a draw of 1-1
In a midweek affair Napoli defeated Juventus 8-7 in shootouts, the game was 1-1 after full time and 2-2 after overtime which led to the shootout.The bragging rights was for the annual Super Coppa was at stake, where the Scudetto winner is pitted against the Coppa Italia winners
Here you have it folks another installment of the Serie A Review, the race is very tight for top spot and anything can happen…stay tuned