serie a matchday 34 roundup

Serie A Matchday 34 Roundup: Roma Suffers Huge Setback

Roma’s hopes of toppling Juventus’ reign in the Italian top flight took a huge blow as they suffered a disheartening 3-1 defeat at the hands of Lazio on Saturday.

The Rome outfit welcomed fierce rivals Lazio to the Stadio Olimpico only to concede three goals and score one in a game that may have completely ruined Roma’s title ambitions.

Balde Keita opened the scoring in the 12th-minute, but Roma enjoyed a great spell of dominance before scoring in the 45th-minute through Daniele De Rossi.

The 5thh-minute saw Lazio regain their lead courtesy of Dusan Basta. From then on, Roma made spirited attempts to score an equalizer, but Lazio’s backline succeeded in shutting the likes of Edin Dzeko and Mohammed Salah out of their 18-yard-area.

Keita completed his brace in the 85th-minute to take his side’s tally up to three goals.

The closing stages of the game saw Antonio Ruediger receive a red card as Roma’s frustration became evident.

Lazio sit fourth on the table, and they look more than likely to make it into next season’s Europa League.

Inter Milan locked horns with Napoli at the San Siro in an intriguing tie which lacked much goalscoring action.

The Partenopei secured a slender 1-0 win over Inter with Jose Callejon finding the back of the net in the 43rd-minute.

Inter Milan had some opportunities to score, but there was a general lack of cutting edge finishing on the day; hence Napoli’s supporters were quite happy with the win.

Luckily for Roma, Juventus were held to a 2-2 draw by Atalanta on Friday night thus making the effect of Roma’s loss against Lazio less devastating than it should’ve been for the Rome outfit.

Highly sought-after Andrea Conti opened the scoring for Atalanta in the 45th-minute after a relatively uneventful first half, five minutes later, though Leonardo Spinazzola notched an own goal to draw Juventus level.

The Bianconeri looked to capitalise on the own goal immediately, but Atalanta managed to tamper with their momentum thus reducing the tempo of the game for sustained periods.

Dani Alves managed to break the deadlock in the 83rd-minute. The goal was thought to have won the game for Juventus right before Remo Freuler pulled one back for Atalanta in the 89th-minute.

Patrik Schick continued his impressive form this season with a goal against Torino in the weekend.

Andrea Belotti failed to have any significant effect on the game, thus leaving Patrik Schick with the chance to shine brightly at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino,.

Cagliari secured a 1-0 win over Pescara with the latter failing to convert any of their nine shots on target. Joao Pedro’s 23rd-minute penalty led the home side to victory.

Bologna thumped Udinese 4-0 at the Stadio Renato Dell’Ara thanks to a superb display from Mattia Destro who scored a brace.

Destro opened the scoring in the 2nd-minute before Saphir Taider doubled Bologna’s lead in the 45th-minute.

Destro scored again 14 minutes later whilst the game’s final goal came courtesy of Danilo.

Crotone played out a 1-1 draw with AC Milan who look unlikely to make it into next season’s Europa League.

Goals from Marcello Trotta and Gabriel Paletta cancelled each other out. Juraj Kucka received a red card in the closing stages of the game.

Empoli succumbed to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Sassuolo thanks to goals from Federico Peluso, Alessandro Matri and Alfred Duncan.

Empoli’s lone goal came courtesy of Manuel Pucciarelli’s 24th-minute penalty.

Alessandro Diamanti and Haitam Aleesami were on target as Palermo beat Fiorentina 2-0.

La Viola’s Davide Astori was handed a red card in the 87th-minute before Aleesami’s goal.

Chievo Verona beat Genoa 2-1 with Giovanni Simeone missing a penalty in the 36th-minute.

Goran Pandev opened the scoring for Genoa, but goals from Samuel Bastien and Valter Birsa helped Verona secure the win.

Serie A Table after Matchday 34​

serie a matchday 34 table

Highlights of Serie A Matchday 34 Games

Atalanta vs Juventus

 

Roma vs Lazio

 

Inter Milan vs Napoli

 

Crotone vs AC Milan

 

Bologna vs Udinese

 

Torino vs Sampdoria

 

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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