serie a matchday 29 roundup

Serie A Matchday 29 Roundup: Juventus Hold on to 8 Point Gap

Sampdoria proved to be a tough nut to crack as they welcomed Juventus to the Paolo Tagliavento Stadium on Sunday in a tie that saw the home side’s unbeaten run come to an end as the Bianconeri secured a 1-0 victory.

Juventus found it difficult to break down Sampdoria’s sturdy defence as they managed to muster only four shots on target from which Massimiliano Allegri’s side yielded their lone goal.

Juan Cuadrado found the back of the net in the 7th-minute with the Chelsea loanee’s strike proving to be the winning goal for Juventus.

The Bianconeri now boast of an 8 point lead over closest rivals Roma who grabbed maximum points in their home game against Sassuolo.

The Rome outfit have been playing catch-up with Juventus all season long, and despite their 3-1 victory during the weekend, they’ll have to keep hoping that Juventus slip up towards the end of the term in order for them to stand a chance of usurping Juventus’ Serie A crown.

Gregoire Defrel opened the scoring for Sassuolo in the 9th-minute before Leandro Daniel Paredes got Roma back in the tie 7 minutes later.

The game was delicately poised at that point, before Mohamed Salah struck home in the 45th-minute.

The second half saw Edin Dzeko close the scoring after converting a ball from Kevin Strootman.

Napoli came out on top in a tight game against Empoli in Sunday’s early kickoff. 9000 fans at Empoli’s Stadio Carlo Castellani witnessed an exhilarating fixture as Napoli secured a 3-2 victory over Empoli.

Napoli were presented with a chance to lead in the 7th-minute having won a penalty which Dries Mertens failed to score.

Lorenzo Insigne later put Napoli ahead with a 19th-minute strike before Dries Mertens made up for his missed penalty in the 24th-minute.

Another spot-kick fell at Napoli’s feet, but this time it was Lorenzo Insigne who stepped up and converted it thus completing his brace in the 38th-minute.

The Naples outfit had effectively put the tie to bed by the end of the first half, but Empoli thought differently as they went into the second 45 firing on all cylinders.

Goals from Omar El Kaddouri and Massimo Maccarone saw Empoli pull two goals back as they looked to make a comeback. Napoli ultimately won the tie, though, but Empoli gave them a lot to think about in the second half.

Multiple errors from Joe Hart gifted Inter Milan two goals as they played out a 2-2 draw with Torino. Geoffrey Kondogbia opened the scoring for Inter before Daniele Baselli pulled one back for Torino.

The second half saw goals from Acquah and Candreva cancel each other out as both sides settled for a point whilst a late goal from Nikola Kalinic helped Fiorentina to a 1-0 win over Crotone.

Atalanta beat Pescara 3-0 with Alejandro Gomez bagging a brace and Alberto Grassi also getting his name on the scoresheet. Cagliari played out a goalless stalemate with Lazio as neither side was able to convert their chances.

Friday night’s fixture saw Matias Fernandez gift AC Milan three points against Genoa with his 33rd-minute strike proving to be the game’s only goal.

Elsewhere, Bologna and Chievo Verona went head to head in a 5-goal thriller which the home side claimed victory in.

Blerim Dzemaili scored a brace whilst Simone Verdi, and Federico di Francesco chipped in to help Bologna to a 4-1 win over Chievo after Lucas Nahuel Castro opened the scoring for the visitors.

A similar scoreline was seen as Udinese put four goals past Palermo’s leaky defence.

Roland Sallai nicked with what turned out to be a consolation strike for Palermo as goals from Cyril Thereau, Duvan Zapata, Rodrigo de Paul and Jakub Jankto helped Udinese to a 4-1 win over relegation-threatened Palermo.

Serie A Table After Matchday 29​

serie a matchday 29 table

Highlights of Serie A Matchday 29 Games

Sampdoria vs Juventus

 

Roma vs Sassuolo

 

Torino vs Inter Milan

 

AC Milan vs Genoa

 

Empoli vs Napoli

 

Cagliari vs Lazio

 

Crotone vs Fiorentina

 

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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