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Serie A wrap: Late Ronaldo penalty saves Juve; Smalling nets for Roma

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Italy was not happy about playing at midweek, or so it seems from the five red cards handed out across seven Wednesday matches in Serie A.

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Juventus moved back atop the table by a point over Inter Milan, but had to work to the wire for it, while Atalanta held firm against Napoli’s challenge to see two Roman clubs move into the Top Five.


Juventus 2-1 Genoa

It was supposed to be easier for The Old Lady at home against a Genoa side which hasn’t done much well this season, especially after a 51st minute red card for the visitors made a 1-1 score line appear destined to move toward the hosts.

Despite taking 20 more shots than the guests, Juve could not make it an easy win. Adrien Rabiot was sent off in the 87th minute, and Maurizio Sarri‘s men only triumphed when Cristiano Ronaldo converted a stoppage time penalty.

Napoli 2-2 Atalanta

The hosts lost a pair of leads as goals from Nikola Maksimovic and Arkadiusz Milik couldn’t deliver three points against the third place La Dea.

Remo Freuler’s 41st minute goal meant the score line was tied at halftime, and Josip Ilicic struck in the 86th minute to give Atalanta a share of the points in a match with 13 shots on frame.

Lazio 4-0 Torino

It was a bit of cakewalk for Lazio, who scored in the 25th and 33rd minute and saw Nicolas Nkoulou sent off in the 68th. Ciro Immobile scored two in the win, as 18-point Lazio is a point back of their fourth-place city rivals.

Udinese 0-4 Roma

Manchester United loanee Chris Smalling has his first Serie A goal, nodding in Roma’s second as i Lupi move back into the Top Four.

Roma led 1-0 when Federico Fazio was sent off, but still scored the game’s three remaining goals. Nicolo Zaniolo, Justin Kluivert, and Aleksandar Kolarov joined Smalling on the score sheet.

When asked about the performance, Roma boss Paulo Fonseca offered this gem:

“Most teams defend when down to 10, but we do not,” he said.

Elsewhere
Sassuolo 1-1 Fiorentina
Sampdoria 1-1 Lecce
Cagliari 3-2 Bologna
AC Milan v. SPAL — 4 p.m. ET Thursday

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Juventus 10 8 2 0 18 9 9 5-0-0 3-2-0 26
 Inter Milan 10 8 1 1 22 10 12 3-1-1 5-0-0 25
 Atalanta 10 6 3 1 30 16 14 2-1-1 4-2-0 21
 Roma 10 5 4 1 18 11 7 2-2-1 3-2-0 19
 Lazio 10 5 3 2 22 10 12 3-2-0 2-1-2 18
 Napoli 10 5 3 2 20 13 7 3-1-1 2-2-1 18
 Cagliari 10 5 3 2 16 10 6 3-1-2 2-2-0 18
 Fiorentina 10 4 3 3 15 13 2 2-1-2 2-2-1 15
 Parma 10 4 1 5 15 14 1 3-0-3 1-1-2 13
 Bologna 10 3 3 4 14 15 -1 2-1-1 1-2-3 12
 Verona 10 3 3 4 7 8 -1 1-2-2 2-1-2 12
 Torino 10 3 2 5 11 16 -5 2-2-1 1-0-4 11
 AC Milan 9 3 1 5 9 13 -4 1-1-2 2-0-3 10
 Udinese 10 3 1 6 5 17 -12 3-0-3 0-1-3 10
 Sassuolo 9 3 0 6 16 18 -2 2-0-3 1-0-3 9
 Lecce 10 2 3 5 11 19 -8 0-1-3 2-2-2 9
 Genoa 10 2 2 6 13 23 -10 2-1-2 0-1-4 8
 Brescia 9 2 1 6 9 14 -5 0-1-3 2-0-3 7
 SPAL 9 2 1 6 7 16 -9 2-1-2 0-0-4 7
 Sampdoria 10 1 2 7 6 19 -13 1-2-2 0-0-5 5

Serie A wrap: Juve rescues draw; Inter strikes late v. Napoli

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A rare Juventus draw opened the door for the Serie A’s hopeful contenders, and many of them punted their chance to gain ground on The Old Lady.

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In fact, the nearest chaser allowed Juve to add to its table lead!

Atalanta 2-2 Juventus

An own goal put Juve aside inside of three minutes, but a double from Colombian forward Duvan Zapata — his eighth and ninth goals of the Serie A season — had the Old Lady’s unbeaten league record in question with 34 minutes to go.

Georgio Chiellini set up substitute Cristiano Ronaldo for a 78th minute equalizer to grab a point for Juve, who was down a man from the 53rd minute on thanks to a second yellow handed to Rodrigo Bentacur.

Juve now leads second place Napoli by nine points and third place Inter Milan by 14 because…

Inter Milan 1-0 Napoli

Inter found a dramatic late winner against the second place Neapolitans.

A rapid fire pair of yellow cards to Kalidou Koulibaly sent Napoli down to 10 men for the final 10 minutes, and Lautaro Martinez took advantage with a stoppage time goal.

When your match’s other top moment may’ve been inside the first 10 seconds, this game needed the goal.

Sampdoria 2-0 Chievo

Southampton outcast Gaston Ramirez and 35-year-old Fabio Quagliarella scored to bring Sampdoria into the Top Five.

Elsewhere
Frosinone 0-0 AC Milan
Bologna 0-2 Lazio
Roma 3-1 Sassuolo
SPAL 0-0 Udinese
Torino 3-0 Empoli
Cagliari 1-0 Genoa
Fiorentina 0-1 Parma

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Juventus 18 16 2 0 36 10 26 8-1-0 8-1-0 50
 Napoli 18 13 2 3 34 15 19 7-2-0 6-0-3 41
 Inter Milan 18 11 3 4 30 14 16 7-1-1 4-2-3 36
 Lazio 18 9 4 5 27 20 7 5-2-2 4-2-3 31
 Sampdoria 18 8 5 5 31 21 10 5-2-2 3-3-3 29
 AC Milan 18 7 7 4 24 19 5 5-2-2 2-5-2 28
 Roma 18 7 6 5 32 24 8 5-3-1 2-3-4 27
 Torino 18 6 8 4 23 18 5 4-1-4 2-7-0 26
 Atalanta 18 7 4 7 33 25 8 4-2-3 3-2-4 25
 Fiorentina 18 6 7 5 25 18 7 5-2-2 1-5-3 25
 Sassuolo 18 6 7 5 28 26 2 3-5-1 3-2-4 25
 Parma 18 7 4 7 17 21 -4 3-4-2 4-0-5 25
 Cagliari 18 4 8 6 17 23 -6 3-5-1 1-3-5 20
 Genoa 18 5 4 9 25 35 -10 4-3-2 1-1-7 19
 SPAL 18 4 5 9 14 25 -11 2-4-3 2-1-6 17
 Empoli 18 4 4 10 22 36 -14 4-1-4 0-3-6 16
 Udinese 18 3 6 9 14 23 -9 2-2-5 1-4-4 15
 Bologna 18 2 7 9 13 26 -13 2-3-4 0-4-5 13
 Frosinone 18 1 7 10 12 36 -24 0-5-4 1-2-6 10
 Chievo 18 0 8 10 13 35 -22 0-4-5 0-4-5 5