serie a matchday 36 roundup

Serie A Matchday 36 Roundup: Roma Stun Juventus

AS Roma secured a massive result on Sunday night, one which may have changed the entire dynamic of the Serie A title race.

Luciano Spalletti welcomed Max Allegri’s Juventus to the Stadio Olimpico with Juventus looking to get the title race over with and beat Roma.

But that didn’t happen, in fact, what happened was quite far from the expected narrative.

Juventus opened the scoring in the 25th-minute through Mario Lemina. The game was poised to be a walk in the park for Juventus after that goal, but it wasn’t.

Daniele De Rossi pulled one back for Roma four minutes later. The scores stayed level at 1-1 up until the second half when Stephan El Shaarawy found the back of the net.

In-form Radija Nainggolan closed the scoring in the 65th-minute courtesy of an assist from Mohamed Salah as Roma won 3-1.

Juventus now have a four point lead over Roma, with two games to go. Should the Bianconeri falter in their remaining two games, whilst Roma grabs maximum points, then the Rome outfit could very well clinch the Serie A title.

AC Milan suffered yet another setback in what has been a sporadic season for them.

The Rossoneri drew away at Atalanta who they’re looking to topple for a place in next season’s Europa League. Goals from Andrea Conti and Gerard Deulofeu cancelled each other out.

As things now stand, Vincenzo Montella’s side will be without European football for another consecutive season having failed to lead Milan to a favourable position.

With just two games left until the end of the season and Atalanta boasting of bigger goal difference and points tally, it’s safe to say that Milan are out of contention for a European place.

Lazio succumbed to a 3-2 defeat away at Fiorentina in one of the most interesting games in Matchday 36.

Balde Diao Keita opened the scoring for Lazio before goals from Khoumar Babacar, Nikola Kalinic and Cristiano Lombardi (own goal) went flying in during the second half thus giving La Viola a 3-1 lead.

Alessandro Murgia scored what proved to be a consolation goal for Lazio in the 81st-minute. Despite the result, though, Lazio’s spot in next season’s Europa League is still secure.

Like AC Milan, Internazionale’s season has been full of more downs than ups. The club’s fans were optimistic about the season, given they had spent big in the summer transfer window to bring in Antonio Candreva and Ever Banega just to name a few.

Their game in the weekend ended in a 2-1 defeat with Sassuolo’s Pietro Lemmello condemning Inter to defeat.

Eder scored Inter’s lone goal at the San Siro, with their Europa League chances being pretty much non-existent.

A strike from Marco Sau and a brace from Diego Farias helped Cagliari to a 3-2 victory against lowly Empoli who relied on Miha Zajc and Massimo Maccarone for their two goals.

The game could’ve ended 3-3 but Manuel Pucciarelli squandered a penalty in the 54th-minute.

Bologna beat Pescara 3-1 thanks to goals from Mattia Destro (brace) and Federico Di Francesco.

Jean-Christopher Bahebeck notched Pescara’s lone goal with the already relegated side lacking the motivation to grab even a point.

Crotone boosted their chances of Serie A survival with a slender 1-0 win over Udinese courtesy of a goal from Marcus Rohden. Crotone are just one point away from Serie A safety – should they secure wins in their remaining games, they’ll probably stay up.

Napoli secured a massive win away at Torino. Jose Callejon opened the scoring followed by Lorenzo Insigne right before in-form Dries Mertens scored the game’s third goal.

Callejon bagged another goal whilst Piotr Zielinski closed the scoring.

Sampdoria and Chievo Verona played out a 1-1 draw as goals from Fabio Quagliarella, and Roberto Inglese cancelled each other out whilst a goal from Andrea Rispoli helped Palermo to a 1-0 win over Genoa.

Serie A Matchday 36 Table​

serie a matchday 36 table

Highlights of Serie A Matchday 36 Games

Roma vs Juventus

Napoli vs Torino

 

Inter Milan vs Sassuolo

 

Atlanta vs AC Milan

 

Fiorentina vs Lazio

 

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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