Juventus rule the roost in Italy


Juventus still sit alone atop the standings after 7 rounds of matches, opening a 6-point gap after defeating Napoli as AS Roma defeated their city rivals in the Rome Derby. The goals have started coming for Bologna and the Milan teams recorded impressive wins.

Here are our observations for Week 7:

* Juventus 3 – 1 Napoli
Mertens 10 (N), Mandzukic 27, 49 (J), Bonucci 76 (J)

It’s now seven wins out of seven for The Old Lady after coming from behind to beat their closest rivals Napoli. Cristiano Ronaldo had a hat-trick of assists as Mario Mandzukic is now joint top scorer after bagging a brace in a match the Partenopei drew first blood under 10 minutes but couldn’t match the feat achieved in this fixture last season. Mario Rui’s second yellow card killed off any hopes of a comeback.

With six points over Napoli, are Juventus already runaway Scudetto champions? Napoli can’t afford any further slip-up.

* Roma 3 – 1 Lazio
Pellegrini 45 (R), Immobile 67 (L), Kolarov 71 (R), Fazio 85 (R)

It was a morale-boosting win for the Giallorossi in Derby della Capitale easing off pressure on Coach Eusebio Di Francesco. Substitute Lorenzo Pellegrini improvised back-heel flick gave Roma the lead in the first half and though Lazio scored an equalizer through Ciro Immobile, the lead was quickly restored through Aleksandar Kolarov and Federico Fazio ensured the three points late on.

…Did you know that Kolarov has now scored in the Derby della Capitale for both Roma and Lazio in his career?

* Inter 2 – 0 Cagliari
Lautaro Martinez 12 (I), Politano 89 (I)

Despite the squad rotation, the Nerazzurri won their fourth match in a row as they still too strong for Sardinians. Young Argentine Laurato scored his first Inter goal as the Milan-based team now look like title contenders who made sure Cagliari keeper Alessio Cragno busy all day. The goal margin could have been more if not for his heroics.

Inter now sit in third place, just two points behind second-place Napoli. Thumbs up to Luciano Spalletti.

* Sassuolo 1 – 4 Milan
Kessie 39 (M), Suso 49, 95 (M), Castillejo 60 (M), Djuricic 68 (S)

A win for the Neroverdi would have seen them claim second spot from Napoli but the Rossoneri had other plans, blowing them away in front of their home fans without a striker! This surely must be the most convincing win for AC Milan this season, with Suso breaking his goal drought since February with a brace.

Gennaro Gattuso’s side can’t stop conceding, the Rossoneri making it 12 consecutive Serie A games without a clean sheet!


By Ekwonye Osy Ernesto

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