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Monday May 8 2017
Serie A Week 35: Did You Know?

Torino terminate Juventus record, Roma's most prolific San Siro trip since 1935, Dries Mertens repeat gift and Lazio goals match Milan in 1949-50 as Susy Campanale rounds up the stats.

Juventus saw their all-time Serie A record of 33 consecutive home victories come to an end. The last opponent they failed to beat at the Stadium was Frosinone, a 1-1 draw on September 23, 2015. This was only the second time this season that the Bianconeri had gone behind on their own turf, fighting back to beat Udinese in October 2016.

Torino had also ended another record in March 2016, namely Gigi Buffon’s 974 minutes of Serie A football without conceding.

Gonzalo Higuain is the most prolific Juve striker in a single top flight campaign since David Trezeguet’s 24 in 2001-02.

Toro have won the Derby della Mole just once (2-1 in April 2015) in their last 21 attempts, home and away, along with five draws and 16 defeats. The last time they enjoyed an ‘away’ victory was 2-1 with Ruggiero Rizzitelli’s brace in April 1995, followed by three points from 12 visits.

Afriyie Acquah received his third red card of the season, the fifth of his Serie A career, all of them for two bookable offences.

Juventus hadn’t played back-to-back Serie A draws since December 2014. Torino are unbeaten in seven, but only two of those were victories.

Edin Dzeko became the first Roma player to net 27 goals in a single Serie A campaign since Enrique Guaita in 1934-35 and is close to the all-time best of 29 by Rodolfo Volk in 1930-31. The Bosnian also set his own new personal best of 37 in all competition, beating the 36 for Wolfsburg in 2008-09.

This was Dzeko’s seventh league brace of the season, closing on Francesco Totti’s Roma record of nine.

Roma set a new all-time club record with six consecutive Serie A away victories. The Giallorossi notched up their second win at Milan on the trot, but hadn’t scored four goals here since a 4-4 draw on January 27, 1935.

Gabriel Paletta received his fourth red card of the season, the worst disciplinary record since Fabio Simplicio in 2006-07 for Palermo and closing in on Luigi Apolloni’s all-time record of five for Verona in 2000-01.

Milan suffered a second home defeat on the bounce and are without a domestic victory since April 9 against Palermo. The Rossoneri have beaten Roma only once since March 2012, a 2-1 San Siro win in May 2015, along with four draws and five losses, home and away.

Napoli have 81 goals after 35 rounds, making them the most prolific Serie A side since the 1950s, when Milan had 104, Inter 96 and Juventus 93.

Dries Mertens marked his 30th birthday by taking his seasonal tally to 30 goals in all competition for Napoli. The last Partenopei player to find the net on his birthday was also Mertens, three years ago in the exact same fixture against Cagliari.

Cagliari have not won at the San Paolo since a 2-0 result in August 2007, followed by three draws and five losses. There have been 37 goals in the last nine meetings between these clubs, home and away. This season the Sardinians shipped eight goals to Napoli without reply.

Lazio have scored five goals in the first half of two different games this season, something no other Serie A club has managed since Milan in 1949-50. They’ve netted 16 goals in their last three rounds.

The only other Serie A match in this century with 10 goals was Parma 6-4 Livorno on May 1, 2005.

Keita Balde Diao found the net after one minute and 55 seconds, their fastest of the campaign. Ciro Immobile matched his personal best of 22 goals with Torino in 2013-14.

The last time two Dutch players scored for the same team in a single Serie A game was Dennis Bergkamp and Wim Jonk in Inter 4-1 Lecce on April 10, 1994.

Lazio have lost just one of the last 13 rounds (3-0 to Napoli), winning nine. The Aquile are 22 points better off than at this stage last season.

Sampdoria have just two draws from their last 11 top flight trips to Lazio since a 1-0 victory in January 2005. The Blucerchiati picked up one point from their last three away fixtures.

Inter have lost their last three trips to Marassi and managed just one point since the most recent victory in 2011, losing four.

Eugenio Lamanna confirms his status as a spot-kick specialist, saving four out of six top flight penalties he has faced.

Goran Pandev has scored in each of his last three Serie A appearances, all of them at Marassi. Genoa had kept just one clean sheet since December 5 and this ends a run of one point from seven rounds.

Stefano Pioli’s side have picked up fewer points over the last seven rounds than any other team – just two. This is Inter’s longest winless streak since March 2012 and just one shy of the club record of eight rounds set in 1947-48. The Nerazzurri are eight points worse off than at this stage last season.

For the third time this season, Milan and Inter have both lost in the same round. Roma picked up maximum points from their meetings with the Milan clubs, home and away.

Fiorentina have lost only once to Sassuolo in eight top flight meetings, a 4-3 result at the Stadio Franchi in May 2014, along with four wins and three draws.

Pietro Iemmello scored the 1,000th goal in Serie A this season. At the end of the round, there had been 1,008 in 350 matches, an average of 2.88 goals per game.

Atalanta have lost just one of their last 15 rounds, winning eight, but this was the second consecutive stalemate. The Orobici have not won on Friuli soil since a 3-1 result in October 2009, managing three draws and four defeats in all competition.

Bryan Cristante has scored three goals this season, all of them from Papu Gomez assists.

Udinese are unbeaten at the Dacia Arena since a 2-1 to Sassuolo on February 19, ratcheting up three wins and a pair of 1-1 draws.

Bologna have never won a top flight game at the Stadio Castellani, drawing four out of six visits, but Simone Verdi did get their first goal here.

Daniele Croce’s last Serie A goal was in Empoli’s 3-1 defeat away to Sassuolo on October 28, 2014. The Tuscans have won three of the last four rounds.

Crotone enjoyed their first clean sheet since a 0-0 draw with Sassuolo on March 5, conceding nine over the next seven rounds. They put together 14 points in the last six games. Aleksandar Tonev scored his debut Serie A goal at the 33rd appearance.

Pescara hadn’t lost at home to Crotone since a 1-0 Lega Pro clash in January 2009, followed by four wins and a 2-2 draw in all competition.

Palermo are relegated back into Serie B for the first time since 2012-13. The Rosanero have only ever conquered the Stadio Bentegodi once in the top flight, 1-0 in October 2006, along with four draws and six defeats. 

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Have your say...
@Uson: She is referring to last season's clean sheet record of Buffon which ended after 900+ minutes against Torino.
on the 8th May, 2017 at 10:47pm
Please buffon was not playing, so his seria A record of not conceeding was not nroken last night.
on the 8th May, 2017 at 2:08pm

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