Serie A Matchday 26 roundup

Serie A Matchday 26 Roundup: Napoli Suffer Shocking Defeat

Napoli suffered a defeat at home to Atalanta in what was undoubtedly the most shocking result of the weekend’s Serie A fixtures.

Mattia Caldara opened the scoring for Atalanta in the 28th-minute, before finding the back of the net again in the 70th-minute.

Napoli had 64% of the possession and registered 9 shots on target, (4 more than Atalanta who only hit 5 recorded 5 shots in the game with all of them being on target.)

Napoli rarely fail to score in games, thus it came as a shock that they were defeated by Atalanta and failed to score any goals.

Atalanta now sit 4th on the Serie A table, three points behind 3rd-placed Napoli as they look to find their way into the league’s top three and potentially secure Champions League qualification.

Juventus hammered relegation threatened Empoli on Saturday, but not in a manner fans of the Bianconeri would’ve liked after a drab and goalless first half.

The second half saw Empoli’s Lukasz Skorupski open the scoring with an own goal in the 52nd-minute. Alex Sandro doubled Juventus’ lead in the 65th-minute.

Juventus were largely ineffective in converting the many chances they managed to muster up. Gonzalo Higuain and Mario Mandzukic failed to have any significant effect on the tie.

The win saw Juventus maintain their seven-point gap at the top of the table following Roma’s victory on Sunday.

Edin Dzeko didn’t get his name on the scoresheet, but the Bosnian striker still made a significant contribution to Roma’s 3-1 win over Inter Milan at San Siro.

Radija Nainggolan scored the first goal of the game in the 12th-minute courtesy of an assist from Edin Dzeko.

The Belgian midfielder doubled Roma’s lead in the 56th-minute after latching on to a ball from Bruno Peres.

Mauro Icardi clawed on back for Inter in the final 10 minute of the game before Diego Perotti converted a penalty to take Roma’s tally up to three goals.

Palermo and Sampdoria shared the Spoils on Sunday as goals from Ilija Nestorovski and Fabio Quagliarella cancelled each other out. Palermo still sits in the relegation zone, 7 adrift of safety.

Elsewhere, relegation strugglers Pescara suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Chievo Verona at Stadio M. A. Bentegodi. Valter Birsa’s 12th-minute strike put the home side in front, but the tie remained even despite the scoreline as Pescara managed to create their fair share of goalscoring opportunities.

Lucas Nahuel Castro scored in the second half to double Chievo’s lead as the game ended 2-0.

Champions League hopefuls Lazio secured a 1-0 win over Udinese courtesy of Ciro Immobile’s converted penalty, whilst AC Milan seems to have garnered some form as they also grabbed a slender 1-0 win over Sassuolo during the weekend courtesy of a penalty from Carlos Bacca.

The game could have ended as a draw if Dominico Berardi had converted his 12th-minute penalty. AC Milan now sit three points away from a Europa League spot which is currently occupied by Lazio.

Genoa welcomed Bologna to Stadio Luigi Ferraris as both sides went head to head in a heated clash. Federico Viviani opened the scoring for Bologna before his side were down to 10-men following Vasilios Torosidis’ sending off.

Oliver Ntcham managed to rescue a point for Genoa late in the game.

Relegation strugglers Crotone were beaten 2-1 by Cagliari courtesy of goals from Joao Pedro Galvao and Marco Borriello.

Adrian Stoian opened the scoring for Crotone, but Cagliari managed to pull two goals back and grab the three points.

Manchester United and Chelsea target Andrea Belotti bagged a brace for Torino as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Fiorentina.

La Viola’s goals came through Riccardo Saponara and in-form Nikola Kalinic.

Serie A Table After Matchday 26​

Serie A Matchday 26 table

Highlights of Serie A Matchday 26 Games

Juventus vs Empoli

Inter Milan vs Roma

Napoli vs Atalanta

Sassuolo vs Ac Milan

Fiorentina vs Torino

Lazio vs Udinese

About the Author Phillip Ekuwem

Phillip is a football writer with an immense love and passion for the beautiful game. He's well versed in European football as he enjoys watching the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga and the Serie A.

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