Serie A: Matchday 36 Review
We’re getting towards the end of the season now, however there’s still much to be decided in Serie A. Sure, Juventus might have already won the title, nonetheless European places are still up for grabs, plus the final relegation place still needs to be filled. There were some great matches in Serie A over the weekend, so why not find out about them by reading through the Serie A matchday 36 review below?
Juventus in Shock Loss to Roma
It doesn’t happen too often in Serie A, even so, Juventus were beaten over the weekend. The result wasn’t a significant one for Juve, as they’ve already claimed the Serie A trophy, however it was significant for Roma, the team that managed to grab the three points. This is because the win saw Roma jump up into 6th place, and there’s still a chance of them reaching next season’s Champions League.
Both goals didn’t come until the latter part of the game, and the first was scored by Alessandro Florenzi in the 79th minute. Edin Džeko would then secure all three points when he scored in the 92nd minute of the game. Despite having much less possession, Roma was a good value for their win, consistently posing more threat than their opponents.
As stated though, the result means nothing for Juventus, as they’re still 13 points clear of Napoli, who sit in 2nd. Will next season see Juventus pushed by another team, or will they bulldoze their way through the season again, as they’ve done this year?
Atalanta Still Pushing for Champions League Spot
Atalanta has been exceptionally impressive this season, and they notched up another win last weekend, meaning that they haven’t been defeated in their previous 13 matches. The three points they picked up by beating Genoa implies that they retain the 4th place in the league and remain on course to enter the Champions League next season, which would be a massive achievement for the club. For Genoa, the threat of relegation still looms large, as they sit in 17th place, one point away from the drop zone.
The first half of the match was goalless, however Atalanta opened the scoring in the 46th minute, thanks to a goal from Musa Barrow. They then doubled their lead seven minutes later, when Timothy Castagne scored their second. Genoa got a consolation goal in the 89th minute through Goran Pandev, however it was too late for them to mount a comeback.
Empoli Closer to Serie A Survival
Empoli got a massive boost over the weekend, as they moved closer to Serie A survival. Their impressive win away to Sampdoria means that they’re still in the relegation zone, but they’re now only one point adrift of Genoa in 17th. For Sampdoria, the result did nothing apart from bruise their pride, as they’re guaranteed to finish the season in a mid-table position.
All the action took place in the second half. The first goal was scored by Empoli, as Diego Farias hit the back of the net in the 56th minute. Empoli doubled their lead in the 75th minute when Giovanni Di Lorenzo scored. Sampdoria managed to get a consolation in the 2nd minute of injury time when Fabio Quagliarella scored a penalty, but they couldn’t push on and claim a draw.
Torino Retain Hope for Europa League Qualification
It has been a pretty good season for Torino fans, as they’ve seen their club competing at the top end of the table. Their weekend victory over Sassuolo meant that they retain hopes of qualifying for the Europa League, as they’re just two points away from AC Milan in 6th place. For Sassuolo, mid-table obscurity will be the result of their season.
Sassuolo actually took the lead in the game, thanks to a 27th-minute goal from Mehdi Bourabia, however they went down to ten men just one minute later when the goalscorer was dismissed for lifting his jersey over his head in celebration. Andrea Belotti then pulled Torino level in the 56th minute, before Pol Lirola gave Sassuolo the lead again, in the 71st minute. A goal from Simone Zaza levelled things again before Belotti scored his second of the game to provide Torino with the win.
Elsewhere in Serie A…
Elsewhere, Inter Milan got a massive boost to their Champions League hopes, as they defeated bottom-placed Chievo to retain the 3rd place. Politano put Inter ahead in the 39th minute. Chievo’s Rigoni was then sent off in the 76th minute before Perišić got Inter’s second. Inter now need just one more win in their final two games to secure their place in next season’s Champions League.
Napoli has already made sure of their place in the Champions League, as they’re guaranteed to finish the campaign in 2nd place. They headed to SPAL over the weekend and came away with a 2-1 victory. Allan scored the first goal for the visitors, but Petagna equalised for SPAL in the 83rd minute, thanks to a penalty. Napoli grabbed the three points in the 88th minute though, as Mário Rui hit the winning goal.
AC Milan kept their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League alive, but they were far from convincing in their 1-0 victory over Fiorentina, who now sit in 14th place. The only goal of the game came in the 35th minute when Hakan Çalhanoğlu headed the ball home from Suso’s cross. Milan owes a debt of gratitude to keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma though, as he made a string of excellent saves in the second half to give Milan all three points.
Parma missed the chance to give their survival hopes a boost over the weekend, as they were thrashed 4-1 by Bologna – a result that has moved Bologna away from the relegation zone. Bologna is now five points away from the drop zone, while Parma is just two points away. Bologna’s goals came from Orsolini, Sepe (OG), Lyanco and Sierralta (OG), while Parma’s sole purpose came courtesy of Inglese. Parma also had Bruno Alves sent off in the game.
Finally, Udinese massively improved their chances of survival by defeating Frosinone, who have already been relegated, 3-1. Stefano Okaka scored twice in the game, while Samir grabbed Udinese’s other goal. Frosinone’s only goal came from Federico Dionisi. Udinese are now two points above the relegation zone, so really need to take their good form into the next game.