serie a matchday 35 roundup

Serie A Matchday 35 Roundup: Juventus Held to Draw by Torino

Juventus surprisingly failed to mathematically clinch the Serie A title during the weekend when they came up against a Torino side intent on bringing the Bianconeri’s great form to a halt.

Max Allegri’s side were on a high going into the potential title winning game against Torino.

All Juventus needed was a win against Torino, but they failed to do so, having been held to a 1-1 draw – their first at home this season.

Adem Ljajic opened the scoring with a beautifully struck free-kick from 25 yards out which sent the club’s travelling fans into a state of delirium.

Afriye Acquah was sent off for Torino in the second half, and Juventus took advantage of the dissonance caused by going a man down courtesy of Gonzalo Higuain who notched his 24th-goal of the season.

Lazio played out a 10-goal thriller with Sampdoria in a game which increased the certainty of Lazio making it into the Europa League.

The Rome outfit thumped Sampdoria 7-3 to get a place behind their City rivals Roma, who are in contention for Champions League qualification.

Keita Balde Diao opened the scoring for Lazio before Ciro Immobile set the tone for what was yet to come from the penalty spot following Milan Skriniar’s sending off which took Sampdoria down to 10-men.

Sampdoria’s Karol Linetty pulled one back, but goals from Wesley Hoedt, Felipe Anderson and Stefan de Vrij took Lazio’s tally up to five goals right before the end of the first half.

Senad Lulic got his name on the scoresheet with Lazio’s 6th of the day right before Immobile completed his brace. Former Juventus forward Fabio Quagliarella managed to bag a late brace which served as consolation goals and made the scoreline less embarrassing.

Crotone secured a win over Pescara to give them a fighting chance of making it to Serie A safety before the end of the season given Empoli are just four points away from them.

Aleksandar Tonev came off the bench to lead Crotone to a 1-0 win over Pescara thus giving them hope to fight another day.

Should they manage to make up that gap, it will undoubtedly be one of the greatest relegation escapes in the modern Serie A era.

Elsewhere at the bottom of the table, Palermo’s relegation was confirmed following their 1-1 draw against Chievo Verona and Empoli’s 3-1 win over Bologna. Goals from Sergio Pelissier and Edoardo Goldinaga cancelled each other out.

Palermo’s fate rode on Empoli failing to beat Bologna, but things failed to work out the way they wanted with Daniel Croce, Manuel Pasqual and Andrea Costa leading Empoli to victory.

Simone Verdi notched Bologna’s lone goal to give the club's fans something, albeit small to smile about.

Inter Milan suffered a 3rd successive defeat as they came up against cellar dwellers Genoa. The defeat is one that would certainly have gotten Inter’s hierarchy asking questions of Stefano Pioli’s short tenure at Internazionale.

Ex-Inter forward Goran Pandev scored in the 70th-minute to help Genoa to a 1-0 win whilst Geoffery Kondogbia was the recipient of a red card after a challenge birthed from frustration.

Antonio Candreva was handed the chance to give Inter a point from the penalty spot, but he failed to convert, thus sealing Genoa’s win.

Napoli secured a 3-1 win over Cagliari with Mertens bagging a brace thanks to assists from Faouzi Ghoulam, before the Belgium international assisted Lorenzo Insigne’s 67th-minute goal.

Cagliari’s lone goal came through Diego Farias in stoppage time.

Sassuolo and Fiorentina played out a 2-2 draw. Federico Chiesa opened the scoring for La Viola before the half time break, but Sassuolo went ahead later on thanks to goals from Matteo Politano’s and Pietro Iemmello.

Fiorentina had lost Gonzalo Rodriguez to a red card earlier, but they managed to secure a point courtesy of Federico Bernadeschi.

Goals from Bryan Cristante and Stipe Perica cancelled each other out as Atalanta played out a 1-1 draw with Udinese.

Goals from Edin Dzeko (2), El Shaarawy and a penalty from Daniel De Rossi helped Roma to secure a 4-1 victory at the San Siro. Mario Pasalic had scored Milan’s lone goal before Gabriel Paletta was sent off in the 86th-minute.

Serie A Table After Matchday 35

serie a matchday 35 table

Highlights of Serie A Matchday 35 Games

Juventus vs Torino

 

AC Milan vs Roma

 

Lazio vs Sampdoria

 

Napoli vs Cagliari

 

Genoa vs Inter Milan

 

Sassuolo 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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