Serie A matchday 22 roundup

Serie A Matchday 22 Roundup: Juventus Widens Gap at the Top

Juventus went past Sassuolo in conventional fashion as the Turin giants secured a 2-0 win over Sassuolo to solidify their title challenge further.

Gonzalo Higuain continued his sublime form in the game as he opened the scoring in the 9th-minute before Sami Khedira doubled Juventus’ lead in the 25th-minute.

Higuain took his tally for the season to 15 goals with that strike against Sassuolo.

Juventus now find themselves in a more comfortable position in the title race with Roma suffering a surprise 3-2 defeat against Sampdoria. Massimiliano Allegri’s men now sit four points ahead of Roma on the league table.

Bruno Peres gave Roma the lead against Sampdoria, but Dennis Praet brought both teams back on level terms. Edin Dzeko found the net in the second-half in typical fashion, but goals from Patrik Schick and Luis Muriel saw the game end as a five-goal thriller in which Sampdoria grabbed all three points.

Napoli also slipped up the title race as they missed a golden opportunity to catch up with Roma on the league table. The Naples outfit was held to a 1-1 draw by Palermo, who currently resides in the lower echelons of the Serie A table.

Ilija Nestorovski opened the scoring for Palermo before in-form Dries Mertens got Napoli back into the game in the 66th-minute. The game ended 1-1 giving Juventus more breathing space at the summit.

Fiorentina and Genoa played out one of the most intriguing draws of the weekend in a match which ended 3-3.

Fiorentina were ahead and looked good value for their lead following goals from Josip Ilicic and Federico Chiesa in both halves of the game. Genoa’s equalisers came through strikes from Giovanni Simeone and Oscar Hiljemark.

Nikola Kalinic restored La Viola’s lead in the 62nd-minute, but Genoa’s resilience paid off as Simeone converted a penalty given away by Federico Bernadeschi who received a red card for a foul in the 18-yard-area.

Amongst the top-three contenders who failed to win last weekend sits AC Milan, who suffered a 2-1 defeat away at Udinese.

Gerard Deulofeu was handed his league debut, but he would’ve wished to have been introduced to the Milan faithful in a different way following the Rossoneri’s defeat.

Giacomo Bonaventura scored an early goal, but Milan failed to hold on to the lead as Cyril Thereau, and Rodrigo de Paul helped Udinese secure a vital three points.

Cagliari and Bologna played out a 1-1 draw with goals from Mattia Destro and Marco Borriello cancelling each other out, while Atalanta and Torino also drew 1-1 as Iago Falaque opened the scoring before Andrea Petagna pulled one back for Torino.

Atalanta now sit in 6th-place in the league standings as they look to climb into the European qualification places in the next few weeks.

Crotone, who have endured a difficult season in the Serie A this term, showed they have some fight in them as they secured a 4-1 win over Empoli last weekend at the Stadio Ezio Scida.

A goal from Adrian Stoian and a hat trick from Falcinelli saw Crotone pick up an emphatic win which could give them hope as they attempt to climb out of the relegation zone.

Levan Mchedlidze was on target for Empoli as he bagged their only goal.

Inter Milan were in top form on Saturday as the Nerazzurri secured a 3-0 win over Pescara which took them up to fourth place on the league standings.

Danilo D’Ambrosio, Joao Mario and Eder all got on the scoresheet for Inter.

Lazio succumbed to a disappointing 1-0 defeat against Chievo as they failed to convert their chances in a game they dominated.

Roberto Inglese scored the winner for Chievo late in the match as Lazio lost an opportunity to maintain their Champions League bid.

Serie A table after Matchday 22​


Highlights of Serie A Matchday 22 Games

Sassuolo vs Juventus

Udinese vs AC Milan

Sampdoria vs Roma

Napoli vs Palermo

Torino vs Atlanta

Fiorentina vs Genoa

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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