Edinson Cavani's Century, Lazio break taboos in Palermo and Francesco Totti ends a nine-year Inter drought, as Susy Campanale sums up some curious Serie A Week 21 facts and figures.
Edinson Cavani scored his 100th Serie A goal and did so against the team that started it, as his debut strike was in Palermo’s 1-1 draw with Fiorentina on March 11 2007.
The Viola have not lost any of their early Sunday kick-offs, picking up five wins and as many draws. Napoli had not shared the spoils in the League since a 2-2 with Milan on November 17, followed by five wins and two losses. The Partenopei have not lost any of their last six Serie A meetings with Fiorentina, home and away, drawing four of them. Fiorentina had not scored at the Stadio Franchi in 254 minutes of football between Serie A and the Coppa Italia, but Facundo Roncaglia netted his third top flight goal.
Roma have drawn only three games this season, all of them at the Stadio Olimpico against Catania, Sampdoria and Inter. Roma and Inter are the only sides without a single 0-0 draw this term.
The Giallorossi are unbeaten in six home games between Serie A and the Coppa Italia, with five wins and a draw. Roma have scored in their last 33 consecutive home matches in all competition for a total 73 goals. Francesco Totti took his Serie A tally up to 222 goals, just three shy of Gunnar Nordahl. Totti converted his 60th penalty, but hadn’t scored against Inter at the Olimpico in Serie A since October 2004. Federico Balzaretti marked his 200th Serie A appearance.
Inter had not scored on their travels for 411 minutes of football between Serie A and Europe, losing five in a row. This was their first official away draw since April 22 2012 in Florence, followed by 11 wins and seven losses. Now only Bologna, Chievo and Roma are without any away draws in the Division.
Zdenek Zeman has only beaten Inter three times, drawn 10 and lost 11. The Nerazzurri haven’t won at the Olimpico against Roma in Serie A since a 4-0 result in 2008, followed by three defeats and this stalemate. Rodrigo Palacio’s 42nd top flight goal was his second in as many games.
Juventus had not beaten Udinese twice in one season since 2005-06, with back-to-back 1-0 results. In two League games against Juve this term, Udinese shipped eight goals and scored only one. All four of Paul Pogba’s Serie A goals have been scored at the Juventus Stadium, but this was his first brace. Mirko Vucinic has put 10 of his 87 Serie A goals past Udinese, his favourite victims.
Udinese were unbeaten in six Serie A rounds, including four victories. The last time they conceded four on their travels was a 5-1 loss to Fiorentina in 2011. Francesco Guidolin marked his 500th Serie A regular season appearance, winning 187, drawing 140 and losing 173. There were also two UEFA Cup play-off games against Juve in 1999.
Antonio Di Natale hasn’t put the ball in the Juventus net since April 2010, firing blanks in six meetings. This was their joint heaviest defeat in Turin, as the Friulani also lost 4-0 in 1952, 1980 and 1983, along with 5-1 scorelines in 1951, 1961 and 1992.
There were two taboos shattered at the Stadio Barbera. Lazio had won their previous 13 matches once they had taken the lead, while Palermo had failed to pick up a single point after going behind in 11 games. The Biancocelesti have earned just one point in their last two visits to Sicily, as they were beaten 5-1 last season. Their last draw in Palermo was also a 2-2 result back in December 2007.
The Rosanero are still without a victory since beating Catania 3-1 on November 24, followed by six defeats and two draws in all competition. The Sicilians at least broke their goal drought at the Stadio Barbera after 280 minutes of Serie A football. Arevalo Rios took his top flight tally to two, while it was the third for Paulo Dybala.
Lazio extended their unbeaten run to 15 official games (including 10 victories). The Biancocelesti hadn’t scored twice on their League travels since a 3-0 win at Pescara on October 7. Sergio Floccari’s 55th Serie A goal was his second in as many games, a double he last achieved in March 2012. Hernanes went up to 27 in the top flight, maintaining his 100 per cent record after six penalties. Cristian Ledesma celebrated his 300th Serie A appearance.
Giampaolo Pazzini loves facing Bologna, as he has scored five against them in two games this season and seven in his career. They become his favourite targets alongside Lecce. Milan have scored 29 of their total 38 goals after the break this season and won six of their last seven San Siro outings. In Bologna’s last seven trips to San Siro, the final result has never gone beyond a one-goal margin. It’s the first time since 2003 that the Rossoblu conceded two goals here.
Max Allegri is unbeaten in his nine official matches against Bologna, winning seven. Stefano Pioli has never beaten Milan, losing six out of eight attempts. The Rossoblu haven’t got the better of Milan in Serie A, home or away, since a 2-1 victory at San Siro in 2008. That was followed by six losses and three stalemates.
Catania secured their first Serie A victory away to Genoa in 50 years, as the most recent success was 2-0 in September 1963, managing just two draws and five losses. Argentines have been responsible for 23 out of the Elefantini’s 29 goals this season. Gonzalo Bergessio matched his personal best with seven goals this term. Of his career 19 in Serie A, five of them have been past favourite targets Genoa.
Gigi Del Neri is fired for the fourth time in his career after Ternana, Roma and Palermo. His tally with Genoa was two wins, two draws and nine defeats. The Grifone suffered a sixth home defeat and have the worst defensive record on their own turf with 21 goals conceded.
Ishak Belfodil continued his fine form with four goals in his last five appearances, seven overall. Parma have drawn three of their last four visits to Verona, winning the other. Chievo extended their unbeaten home run to four wins and as many stalemates. The Flying Donkeys had not conceded at the Bentegodi for 310 minutes of football. Alberto Paloschi’s 19th Serie A goal set a new personal best at six for the current campaign.
Atalanta have just one victory in the last nine rounds, including six defeats. Michele Canini scored the team’s second own goal of the campaign after Davide Brivio gifted Lazio, putting them on a par with Pescara. Curiously, Canini represented Cagliari from 2005 to 2012. Luigi Giorgi got Atalanta’s eighth red card of the season, more than any other club.
Cagliari picked up their first away point in Bergamo after a run of three consecutive defeats. The Sardinians have not won here since 1991, managing eight defeats and four draws. Guglielmo Stendardo’s eighth Serie A goal was his first since Parma 0-1 Lazio on February 14 2010.
Torino had not visited Pescara in Serie A since a 2-2 draw in September 1992. Their only previous top flight victory here was also 2-0 in April 1980, along with two draws and two defeats. Torino stretched their unbeaten streak to five rounds and celebrated back-to-back Serie A wins for the first time since May 2008. Pescara have more defeats (13) and conceded more goals (39) than any other team in the Division. Alessio Cerci got his 15th Serie A goal, the second in as many games.
Siena hadn’t beaten Sampdoria in Tuscany since another 1-0 result in February 2006. That was also the last time Siena got the better of the Blucerchiati home or away, followed by three draws from nine meetings in all competition. Erjon Bogdani got his first Serie A goal since a 4-2 defeat at Cagliari on October 31, taking his career tally to 40 in 242 appearances. Beppe Iachini got his first win on the Robur bench after three losses.