serie a matchday 32 roundup

Serie A Matchday 32 Roundup: Juventus Close to Clinching League Title

Juventus took their Champions League form back to the Serie A this weekend with a 2-0 win away at Pescara.

Having won 3-0 at home to Barcelona in Wednesday night’s Champions League tie, the Bianconeri travelled to Pescara on Saturday without Gianluigi Buffon in the starting line-up.

Gonzalo Higuain opened the scoring in the 22nd-minute before finding the back of the net on another occasion in the 43rd-minute.

The three points were already in the bag after the first half as Pescara failed to get back into the game following Higuain’s brace.

The famed San Siro Stadium played host to a legendary Milan derby as the Nerazzurri and the Rossoneri locked horns.

The skilful Antonio Candreva gave Inter Milan the lead in the 36th-minute before Mauro Icardi doubled Inter’s advantage with a 44th-minute strike.

Inter took a two-goal lead into the second 45 and they appeared set to pick up a relatively easy three points before Alessio Romagnoli pulled one back for AC Milan in the 83rd-minute.

With just a few minutes left on the clock, Cristian Zapata, in dramatic fashion, scored the equaliser for the Rossoneri thus plunging the club’s supporters into a wave of ecstasy

Elsewhere, a brace from Joao Pedro and goals from Marcelo Borriello and Marco Sau helped Cagliari to a superb win over Chievo Verona.

A timeframe of just four minutes separated Borriello and Sau’s goals which came in the 11th and 15th minutes respectively.

Joao Pedro nicked a goal in the 40th-minute before doubling his tally late in the game as Cagliari thumped Chievo 4-0.

Cagliari and Chievo both sit comfortably above the relegation zone and are level on points with each other (38).

Eric Pulgar received a red card as Palermo and Bologna played out a goalless draw.

Palermo created a plethora of goalscoring opportunities and even dominated possession against a 10-man Bologna side, but they were unable to find the back of the net which resulted in them leaving Stadio Renzo Barbera with just a single point to their name.

In an attempt to avoid being sucked into a relegation dogfight in the business end of the season, Empoli grabbed a 2-1 win away at Fiorentina.

Goals from Omar El Kadduri and Manuel Pasqual helped Empoli to the much-needed win whilst La Viola’s lone goal came courtesy of Cristian Tello.

Andrea Belotti’s form in front of goal continued during the weekend as he led Torino to a 1-1 draw against Crotone with a penalty.

The highly-rated striker opened the scoring in the second half from the spot before Simmy Nwankwo equalised for the relegation-threatened Crotone who sit five points away from safety.

Genoa held Lazio to a 2-2 draw with Giovanni Simeone and Goran Pandev getting their names on the scoresheet for the home side. Lazio’s goals came through Lucas Biglia and Luis Alberto.

Sassuolo secured a 2-1 win over Sampdoria courtesy of strikes from Antonio Ragusa and Francesco Acerbi.

Patrik Schick notched what turned out to be a consolation goal for Sampdoria in the 28th-minute.

Napoli more or less cemented their place in next season’s Champions League with a 3-0 victory over Udinese.

In-form Dries Mertens opened the scoring in the 48th-minute before Allan and Jose Maria Callejon found the back of the net to put the game beyond doubt for the Partenopei.

Roma failed to keep pace with Juventus at the top of the table following their 1-1 draw against Atalanta as goals from Edin Dzeko and Jasmin Kurtic cancelled each other out.

Roma’s title hopes have seemingly gone from slim to virtually non-existent as Juventus boast of an eight-point lead in the Serie A with just 6 games left to play before the end of the season.

Serie A Table After Matchday 32 ​

Serie A matchday 32 table

Highlights of Serie A Matchday 32

Pescara vs Juventus

 

Roma vs Atalanta

 

Inter Milan vs AC Milan

 

Napoli vs Udinese

 

Genoa vs Lazio

 

Fiorentina vs Empoli

 

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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