Most of the league plays round 33 on Sunday, but a few teams were in action on Saturday, and there were movers at the top and bottom of the Serie A table.
Internazionale 2-0 Napoli
Hold onto your rear ends, Napoli fans. Mauro Icardi struck just four minutes in, sneaking behind the defense and latching onto a pinpoint long ball from Gary Medel and finishing past Pepe Reina to put Inter up early, and they wouldn’t look back. Marcelo Brozovic added the second just before halftime to wrap it up. The second half was a mere formality, as the visitors had nothing going forward, unable to manage even a shot on target in the final 45.
The loss is the second in its last three matches for Napoli, and while they still hold onto a six-point lead over Roma and are essentially guaranteed a Champions League place, it still may to be a bumpy ride to the finish line. Their next two are against Bologna – who beat them back in December – and Roma, before things ease up to end the year. Inter, meanwhile, has won two in a row, but it may be too little too late as they sit six points back of the final Champions League place with five matches to go.
Carpi 4-1 Genoa
Armando Izzo received a second yellow card in first-half added time, and Carpi’s response may have saved its season. The home side bagged a pair of goals from Antonio di Gaudio and Laurenzo Lollo before added time was up, and hit for a third from Lorenzo Pasciutti just four minutes into the second half to stun Genoa and pull themselves off the bottom tier. Only out of the relegation zone on goal differential at the start of play, they have pulled three points above Palermo, with Palermo set to face Juventus tomorrow.
Bologna 0-1 Torino
Torino pulled into the top half of the table with a last-gasp away win at Stadio Renato Della’ara. Andrea Belotti finished off a penalty in the third minute of injury time after a foul by Luca Rossettini, and it sent Torino above Genoa and into 10th place.