serie a matchday 31 roundup

Serie A Matchday 31 Roundup: Juventus Continue Title Charge

Gonzalo Higuain proved to be too much to handle on Saturday as he led Juventus to a superb win over Chievo Verona which also proved to be a crucial three points in the Serie A title race.

The Argentine striker scored his 26th and 27th goals of the season in the tie. Higuain opened the scoring in the 23rd-minute, before completing his brace in the 84th-minute as the Bianconeri went nine points clear at the top of the Serie A table.

It’s worth noting that Roma had not yet played Bologna at the time of Juventus’ victory, thus, Massimiliano Allegri’s side had a nine-point lead over the Rome outfit, albeit for a short period.

The Serie A's second-placed side, Roma kept their bleak title hopes alive on Sunday with a 3-0 win away at Bologna. The home side put up a real fight, but they were unable to contain Luciano Spaletti’s men for 90 minutes which resulted in their 3-0 thumping.

Ex-Tottenham man Federico Fazio put Roma in front with a goal in the 25th-minute before Mohamed Salah doubled their lead in what turned out to be a comfortable first half.

The second 45 saw Edin Dzeko find the back of the net in the 75th-minute to seal the win for Roma whilst taking his personal goal tally up to 24 goals.

Lazio succumbed to an embarrassing 3-0 defeat at home to Napoli whose free-flowing attacking football caught the Rome outfit off guard on a number of occasions.

Lazio’s hopes of making it into the top three in the Serie A standings have now taken a massive blow with Napoli sitting 3rd on the league standings whilst boastseven-pointven point gap over Lazio.

Jose Callejon opened the scoring with a decent strike in the 25th-minute, but the first half ended 1-0 with Napoli seemingly holding all the cards in the game.

Napoli returned to the second half with the intent to seal the victory, and they managed to just that as Lorenzo Insigne bagged a goal six minutes into the second 45, before scoring again in the 90th-minute.

The home crowd were disappointed with their side’s performance which may have very well cost them a place in the top 3.

Relegation-threatened Palermo moved further into the abyss following their 4-0 defeat to AC Milan away at the San Siro.

Goals from Suso, Mario Pasalic, Carlos Bacca and Everton loanee, Gerard Deulofeu saw the Rossoneri secure an easy win over 19th-placed Palermo who were down to 10 men after Giancarlo Gonzalez’s second yellow card of the game in the 83rd-minute.

Inter Milan also faced a Serie A cellar-dweller on Sunday, but unlike the Rossoneri, Inter were on the receiving end of a 2-1 defeat against Crotone.

Diego Falcinelli scored a brace, one goal from a penalty and one from open play, as he led Crotone to a crucial three points over Stefano Pioli’s side.

Danilo D’Ambrosio scored Inter’s lone goal in their shocking loss away at Stadio Exio Scida.

Udinese beat Genoa 3-0 at Stadio Friulli thanks to goals from Rodrigo De Paul, Duvan Zapata and Rubinho (own goal).

Despite having less possession, the home side were able to utilise counter-attacking manoeuvres as they eased to victory against Andrea Mandorlini’s Genoa.

Empoli played host to Pescara on Saturda in a game that was dubbed a relegation six-pointer.

Both sides had to settle for a stalemate with goals from Omar El Kaddouri and Gianluca Caprari cancelling each other out. Pescara, though, would’ve been keen on a victory seeing as they’re in a dire situation at the bottom of the league table.

Goals from Bryan Cristante and Lorenzo Pellegrini also saw Atalanta and Sassuolo play out a 1-1 draw while Sampdoria vs Fiorentina ended 2-2 with Bruno Fernandes and Ricardo Alvarez notching the goals for Sampdoria.

La Viola’s goals came courtesy of Gonzalo Rodriguez and Khouma Babacar.

Adem Ljajic, Andrea Belotti and Afriye Acquah were all on target as Torino won 3-2 away at Cagliari.

Marco Borriello and Kwan-Son Han nicked Cagliari’s consolation goals.

Serie A table after Matchday 31

serie a matchday 31 table

Highlights of Serie A Matchday 31 Games

Juventus vs Chievo


Lazio vs Napoli


Bologna vs Roma


Milan vs Palermo


Crotone vs Inter Milan


Sampdoria vs Fiorentina


Cagliari vs Torino


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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