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Thursday September 27 2012
Serie A Week 5: Did You Know?

Francesco Totti joins legends, Edinson Cavani's hat-trick habit and Inter on an away run are among the Serie A Week 5 stats rounded up by Susy Campanale.

Francesco Totti scored his 216th Serie A goal, putting him on a par with Jose Altafini and Giuseppe Meazza in third place in the all-time charts. He is preceded only by Gunnar Nordahl on 225 and Silvio Piola with 274 goals. It was also his 14th against Sampdoria, but Parma remain his preferred targets with 15.

Napoli celebrated their sixth consecutive San Paolo League victory. Edinson Cavani’s career total in Serie A now stands at 88 goals thanks to his fifth hat-trick. Curiously, another treble was scored against Lazio in a legendary 4-3 victory on April 3 2011. The Uruguayan has now scored 72 goals in 101 appearances for the club.

Lazio suffered a second consecutive defeat without finding the net. They have not conquered Naples in Serie A since March 8 2009, a 2-0 result followed by two losses and as many draws.

Fiorentina haven’t beaten Juventus at the Stadio Franchi in Serie A since 1998, managing seven draws from 11 meetings after Gabriel Batistuta’s winner.

Juve’s run of seven consecutive Serie A away victories comes to an end, but their unbeaten streak is extended to 44 rounds, including 27 wins. The Bianconeri had not fired blanks since a 0-0 at Genoa on March 11, going 15 games on the bounce with at least a goal. Giorgio Chiellini marked his 300th professional appearance between Serie A, B and C1.

Milan finally win their first San Siro outing of the season after two defeats and a draw in all competition, including 293 minutes of goalless football. Stephan El Shaarawy scored his fourth and fifth Serie A goals – the first of his career that weren’t against Udinese. Cagliari’s winless away streak extends to 10 defeats and five draws since a 1-0 result at Catania on December 4 2011. The Sardinians haven’t beaten Milan home and away since 1998, scraping four draws from 20 encounters.

Pescara celebrated their first Serie A win of the season and their first clean sheet in what was an historic occasion, as they’d never played Palermo in the top flight before. Vladimir Weiss got his debut strike for the club. The Rosanero have leaked six of their total nine goals in the last 15 minutes.

Catania have a great record against Atalanta, losing only twice in 25 home meetings between Serie A and B in 1939 and 2007. Nicolas Spolli took his career total to four top flight goals, five for Pablo Barrientos and seven for Maxi Moralez. Atalanta have won just one of their last six away matches in the League, 1-0 at Milan, notching up four defeats.

Chievo had not lost four Serie A rounds on the trot since November 2008, when they had a six-game losing streak. Mimmo Di Carlo has played Inter 10 times and only managed two points.

Inter have won their last five away games between Serie A and Europa League, not conceding a single goal and scoring 12. It’s their best run of results since January 2008 under Roberto Mancini.

Alvaro Pereira got his debut goal at the third Serie A appearance, while it was Antonio Cassano’s 90th. FantAntonio now has three strikes this term – as much as he got in the entirety of his Milan campaign in 16 games in 2011-12.

The spot-kick success rate this season is a dismal 52 per cent, as in 49 games there have been 23 penalties awarded and only 12 converted. Parma are the biggest beneficiaries, as they’ve only conceded twice from five kicks.

Genoa have only lost one of their 10 Serie A home games with Parma, 4-0 in 1994, along with four wins and five stalemates. Sebastien Frey marked his 500th Italian match on the same day Gigi De Canio got his 200th Serie A bench. Parma finally picked up a point on their travels at the third attempt this season thanks to Alessandro Lucarelli’s 15th top flight goal.

Roma haven’t been able to enjoy a home win in six rounds, four of which were draws, but they have scored in each of their last 25 Olimpico outings for a total 51 goals. Sampdoria are still unbeaten after five rounds thanks to Gianni Munari’s first Serie A goal since February 27 2011, Brescia 2-2 Lecce.

Torino had not shared the spoils on home turf between Serie A and B since a 0-0 with Albinoleffe on January 6, managing 12 wins and two defeats in front of their own fans. The Granata rattled the woodwork three times – more than any other side in a single game this season. Udinese failed to find the net after 17 goals in 12 consecutive matches in all competition.

Bologna have never been able to win a Serie A match in Siena, managing four draws and two defeats. 

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