Serie A Wrap: Juve beat Milan, but Inter and Roma also winShare:
Gonzalo Higuain in action for Juventus against AC Milan at the weekend.
Two of the most traditional teams in Italy played against each over the weekend and there was only one winner, as Juventus gained their pound of flesh against AC Milan, who inflicted a defeat on them in the reverse fixture.
There were also important results for Roma, Napoli and Inter Milan, as the race for the title continued, as well as the race for places in next season’s Champions League. We take a look at how it went down in Serie A over the weekend, and the implication of results on the future of the teams.
Inter 7-1 Atalanta
Inter Milan players celebrate following the win over Atalanta.
Mauro Icardi and Ever Banega were the stars for the Nerazzurri in this one, both scoring individual hat-tricks, to condemn Atalanta to a humiliating defeat. The win elevates Inter to fourth, albeit temporarily, depending on the outcome of the Lazio versus Torino match today. They are now six points off the final Champions League slot with 10 games to go, which represents a huge improvement on their early season form.
Juventus 2-1 AC Milan
Gonzalo Higuain takes a volley during the 2-1 win over AC Milan, but the Juve striker fired blanks.
Milan won the reverse fixture, inflicting a rare defeat on the champions. But Max Allegri’s side got their pound of flesh against the Rosonerri, who finished the game with 10 men, after Sosa was show a second yellow in the third minute of stoppage time. Interestingly though, Juve had to wait until the last minute to score the winner, as Carlos Bacca had canceled out Mehdi Benatia’s opener. It took a last-gasp Paulo Dybala penalty to earn the Old Lady the win.
Napoli 3-0 Crotone
Napoli's Marek Hamsik takes a shot during the win over Crotone at the weekend.
Maurizio Sarri’s side bounced back from last weekend’s defeat to put Crotone to the sword by three goals. Having been eliminated from the Champions League earlier in the week, Napoli knows their only chance of reaching the competition again next season is to finish in the top three, and they responded with a convincing win at the San Paolo. Lorenzo Insigne scored a brace, either side of a Dries Mertens goal to secure the win.
Palermo 0-3 Roma
Roma players celebrate a goal as they beat Palermo 3-0 to remain second in Serie A.
Second-placed Roma continued their ruthless streak with an emphatic victory at Palermo, to keep their place behind Juventus at the top of the table firmly intact, as the race for the title continued for them. Stephan El Shaarawy, Edin Dzeko and Bruno Peres scored the goals which guaranteed three points for the capital club.
Chievo 4-0 Empoli
Fiorentina 1-0 Cagliari
Pescara 1-3 Udinese
Sassuolo 0-1 Bologna
Genoa 0-1 Sampdoria
After 28 rounds of matches, Juventus, Roma, Napoli and Inter Milan occupy the first to fourth positions respectively, while Pescara, Crotone and Palermo occupy the relegation slots.
Serie A table after 28 weeks
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