SERIE A: WEEK 5 REPORT

 

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Juventus still sit alone atop the standings after week 5 matches as Roma’s slump continues and Napoli still the biggest threat to the Bianconeri’s dominance. Inter Milan got a win at the death while an injury time equalizer from Atlanta denied AC Milan three priceless points.

Here are our observations for Week 5:

* Frosinone 0 – 2 Juventus
Ronaldo 81 (J), Bernardeschi 94 (J)

It’s now five wins out of five for The Old Lady after a hard-fought win at Frosinone, a tricky tie which took 80 minutes before breaking the deadlock. Ronaldo scored his third goal in two Serie A games, shaking off his disappointment in Europe last Wednesday.

Federico Bernardeschi has been influential this season, scoring very important goals. What’s going on, Dybala?

* Bologna 2 – 0 Roma
Mattiello 35 (B), Santander 59 (B)

Bologna had just a point and not scored since the start of the season but got two goals against a Roma side on a downward spiral, bringing relief to coach Filippo Inzaghi and smiles to the Rossoblu faithful who cheered them on throughout their crisis.

After throwing away a two-goal lead at the Olimpico vs Chievo in their previous outing and getting battered in Europe last Wednesday, Eusebio Di Francesco would be wondering where it had gone wrong for his side after their heroics last season.

* Sampdoria 0 – 1 Inter
Brozovic 94 (I)

It was heartbreak for the Blucerchiati in their Stadio Luigi Ferraris as Marcelo Brozovic smashed a volley from a tight angle deep into stoppages to give Inter Milan a deserved victory after their disappointing home loss to Parma a week earlier.

The VAR was very decisive as it ruled out three goals, with Radja Nainggolan’s cancelled strike leading to a long delay. This must have spurred coach Luciano Spalletti into an excessive goal celebration, leading to his sending off to the stands.

…Did you know that the Nerazzurri are yet to score a first-half goal this season?

* Torino 1 – 3 Napoli
Insigne 4, 59 (N), Verdi 20 (N), Belotti pen 51 (T)

Napoli kept the pressure on leaders Juventus with a win in Turin as coach Carlo Ancelotti tinkered with his formation once again for more creativity. It yielded dividends as Lorenzo Insigne scored a brace in a match the Partenopei virtually controlled under the lunchtime heat despite the presence of the lethal duo of Simone Zaza and Andrea Belotti for the Granata.

Torino now haven’t beaten Napoli since March 2015.

* Milan 2 – 2 Atalanta
Higuain 2 (M), Gomez 54 (A), Bonaventura 61 (M), Rigoni 92 (A)

Atlanta twice fought from a goal down to deny A.C Milan a three points haul, paying the price for their profligacy in the San Siro. Frank kessie, Hakan Calhanoglu and Gonzalo Higuain (who scored in third consecutive competitive match) were guilty of wasting match-killing chances.

Coach Gennaro Gattuso is yet to find a problem to his side’s defensive woes as Milan hasn’t kept a clean sheet this season, which nowadays isn’t a surprise.

 

By Ekwonye Osy Ernesto

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