The first Milan Derby draw in almost a decade, Napoli's Friuli curse and Stefan Radu finally breaks his duck as Susy Campanale rounds up the stats from Serie A Week 26.
The Derby della Madonnina hadn’t ended in a stalemate since the 0-0 in October 2004, followed by 10 Inter victories and five Milan wins in the League. Milan have not beaten Inter in Serie A since their 3-0 triumph in April 2011, followed by three defeats and this draw.
Ezequiel Schelotto got his first goal in an Inter jersey and had not scored in Serie A since Atalanta 1-2 Siena on April 7, 2012. It was the 13th header Milan have conceded this term. There were no offside flags during Inter-Milan, the sixth time this has happened in Serie A this season. Stephan El Shaarawy scored his first Derby strike at the third attempt, his 18th Serie A goal in 50 games.
Inter have just two wins from their last 10 rounds. In this period, Milan have notched up 11 more points than their city rivals. The Rossoneri have won just one of their last four ‘away’ League matches, drawing three.
Alberto Malesani was sacked after just three games on the Palermo bench, all of them draws. Last season he was fired twice by Genoa.
Napoli have managed just one win at the Stadio Friuli in their last 13 visits. That 5-0 shocker in September 2007 was their lone highlight amid seven draws and five defeats. The Partenopei had not registered two consecutive 0-0 results in Serie A since February 2012, but have now drawn four of their last six games.
Home and away, Juventus have lost to Siena only once in all competition, a 1-0 result in Tuscany in May 2008. Robur have never won in Turin, managing two draws from nine visits between Serie A and Coppa Italia. The Bianconeri have kept a clean sheet in six of their last eight home League games and have won 14 of their total 20 official matches at the Juventus Stadium this season.
Stephan Lichtsteiner’s fourth goal of the campaign equals his personal best set with Lille in 2007-08. Sebastian Giovinco has found the net 11 times this term in all competition. Paul Pogba went up to five goals in his debut Serie A season.
Stefan Radu scored his first ever Serie A goal at the 119th appearance. Senad Lulic got his fifth, but hadn’t found the net since Lazio 3-2 Cesena on February 9, 2012. The Biancocelesti finally won a Serie A game without Miroslav Klose this season, having previously notched up just two points in five attempts.
Atalanta-Roma hasn’t ended in a draw since November 2001, followed by four home wins and three for the Giallorossi. There is a curious pattern to the last eight meetings in Bergamo, as the two teams alternated wins. In the last six editions of this fixture, there have been a total 22 goals, but Roma hadn’t netted three here since a 4-0 victory in 1997.
Roma celebrated their first away victory since a 3-1 at Siena on December 2, ending a streak of one point from five attempts. Vasilis Torosidis broke his Serie A duck at the third game, but also scored Roma’s 14th header of the campaign – more than any other club in the top five European Leagues.
Not only did Marko Livaja break his Serie A duck, but he did it with a brace at his 12th appearance. Atalanta have received 10 red cards this term, more than any other side. Marquinho marked his sixth Serie A goal, matching last season’s personal best of three.
Catania celebrated their first ever victory at the Stadio Tardini after six draws and eight defeats between Serie A, B and the Coppa Italia. Parma’s winless streak extended to seven, including four losses. The two points from their last four home ties represents their worst run since March 2012. They are unbeaten in seven, including four victories, their best Serie A run since 2006. Francesco Lodi’s last 17 goals have come from set-pieces, as he scored nine direct free kicks and converted eight penalties. Keko scored on his Serie A debut. Amauri has scored six goals this season, his best tally since 2010-11.
Catania notched up 16 points in the last seven rounds, better than any other team. With 42 points after 26 rounds, the Sicilians match their club record set in 1960-61. Rolando Maran has an average of 1.6 points per game on the Catania bench, whereas Vincenzo Montella had 1.2 last season.
Lazaros Christodoulopoulos scored on his Serie A debut for Bologna. It was only Marco Motta’s third career goal, the most recent being in Atalanta 2-2 Torino on October 21, 2007. Adem Ljajic netted his third in two games, as many as the Serbian striker had managed in his previous 54 Serie A appearances. Fiorentina have won just once in their last 11 League visits to the Dall’Ara, including four defeats. This was the Viola’s fourth consecutive away defeat.
In all competition, Genoa have conquered Palermo on home turf just twice in 32 games. A 1-0 in November 1935 and a 3-2 result in March 2008 went along with 13 draws and 17 losses. Malesani has never beaten Davide Ballardini in Serie A with two points from three meetings. The Sicilians extended their winless streak to six draws and six losses, while they have fired blanks on 12 occasions this season. Genoa kept their third consecutive clean sheet, something the club had not managed since January 2010.
Salvatore Aronica received his seventh career red card in Serie A, but had already been sent off against Genoa in 2009, while it was Palermo’s eighth of the season.
Chievo have only ever conquered Sampdoria once at Marassi in all competition, a 2-1 victory in September 2005 interrupting four draws and six losses. The Blucerchiati are unbeaten in five with just one goal conceded. For the first time since 2010, Samp celebrate a third home win on the bounce. Andrea Poli has scored three Serie A goals in his career, all of them at Marassi, while Eder went up to 12.
Torino have not beaten Cagliari, home or away, since October 2007 with four defeats and a 0-0 draw. The Sardinians extended their unbeaten run to four victories and three stalemates, although they have conceded 16 goals in the final 15 minutes of their games. Torino have given away 10 penalties this season, more than any other club in the top five European Leagues, while Cagliari have received eight in their favour. Daniele Conti celebrated his first ever Serie A brace, 35 goals overall. The Granata hadn’t conceded four on their top flight travels since a 5-1 defeat to Milan in 2009.
The last time Torino had two players sent off in a single Serie A match was in the Turin Derby in 2003, when they had three dismissed. Alessio Cerci has scored three of his 17 top flight goals past Cagliari, who become his favourite targets on a par with Cesena. Alen Stevanovic got his second Serie A goal, the fifth for Toro between Serie A and B. Rolando Bianchi went up to 42 in the Italian top flight.