Serie A matchday 27 roundup

Serie A Matchday 27 RoundUp: Roma Slip Up in Title Race

It was a battle of Rome and Naples as Roma welcomed Napoli to the Stadio Olimpico for what was sure to be a heated clash due to its significance at the top of the table.

The tie lived up to its billing as it produced three goals in a relatively even and scintillating game of football.

Dries Mertens opened the scoring for Napoli in the 26th-minute before adding another five minutes after the second half thus giving Napoli a two-goal cushion.

Kevin Strootman was able to nick a souvenir goal for Roma in the 89th-minute as his side succumbed to a 2-1 defeat.

Roma failed to keep pace with Juventus at the top of the table, who also dropped points after drawing 1-1 with Udinese on Sunday.

Juventus had the perfect opportunity to put some distance between them and Roma following the latter’s loss only a day before, but things didn’t quite go as planned.

Udinese found the net before Juventus having matched them in all areas of the pitch prior to Duvan Zapata’s 37th-minute goal.

Leonardo Bonucci found the equaliser for the Bianconerri, but the league leaders struggled to break Udinese down after pulling one back thus resulting in the game ending as a 1-1 draw.

Juventus now boast of an 8 point lead over Roma who’s title aspirations seems to be fading at the moment.

Carlos Bacca was denied a hat-trick as AC Milan grabbed a 3-1 win over Chievo Verona. Bacca snared the first goal of the game in the 24th-minute, but with just a few minutes left before the end of the first 45, Verona were handed a penalty which Jonathan De Guzman duly converted.

Bacca was given the chance to double Milan’s lead as well as his tally after being awarded a penalty on the stroke of half time. He missed the penalty, though, but made up for it by finding the back of the net in the second half.

Gianluca Lapadula scored the Rossoneri’s third goal via a spot-kick as Vincenzo Montella’s side grabbed the win.

Sampdoria also secured a 3-1 win over Pescara thanks to goals from Bruno Fernandes, Fabio Quagliarella and Patrik Schick.

Pescara had to rely on Alberto Cerri to score their only goal as they continue to languish at the bottom of the Serie A league standings.

Atalanta and Fiorentina played out a goalless draw which currently leaves Atalanta on the cusp of automatic qualification into the Europa league as they sit 5th in the league standings.

Elsewhere, relegation-threatened Crotone managed to hold Sassuolo to a 0-0 draw as they look to keep their survival hopes alive amid what appears to be an impossible situation for Crotone down in the relegation zone.

Sassuolo, on the other hand, sit comfortably in mid-table with no immediate threat or worry in the Serie A.

Inter Milan successfully thumped Cagliari away at the Stadio Sant’Elia in what turned out to be a one-sided affair. The game stayed goalless up until the 34th-minute when Ivan Perisic broke the deadlock and set the pace for more goals to follow.

Ever Banega added to Milan’s tally before Perisic scored another goal. Mauro Icardi and Roberto Gagliardini rounded off the scoring.

Goals from Oliver Ntcham and Oscar Hiljemark helped Genoa to a 2-0 win over Empoli whilst Lazio currently sit in 4th-place after their 2-0 win over Bologna.

Ciro Immobile scored a brace to see his side maintain their spot in the running for European football next season.

Andrea Belotti put in another man of the match display as he scored three goals which saw his side grab a 3-1 win over Palermo.

Palermo’s Andrea Rispoli opened the scoring in the first half before Belotti went on to score a hat-trick in the second half.

Serie A Table after Matchday 27​

serie a matchday 27 table

Highlights of Serie A Matchday 27 Games

Roma vs Napoli

Udinese vs Juventus

AC Milan vs Chievo

Cagliari vs Inter Milan

Torino vs Palermo

Bologna vs Lazio

Atalanta 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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