Esteban Cambiasso's first red, Blerim Dzemaili's first hat-trick and Palermo's first win since November are among the intriguing stats Susy Campanale rounds up from Week 30.
Esteban Cambiasso had never been sent off before in 277 Serie A outings. Inter have not received a penalty in 19 Serie A games – stretching back five months.
The Nerazzurri fell to a second consecutive home defeat, something that had already happened at the start of the season against Roma and Siena. However, it is the first time under Andrea Stramaccioni that they’ve lost two Serie A ties in a row. Rodrigo Palacio’s 45th Serie A goal was his 10th of the current campaign, though 19th in all competitions this season.
Juventus notched up a fourth win on the bounce between League and Europe, but saw their 370-minute clean sheet ended. The Bianconeri have won four of the last five Derby d’Italia clashes. Fabio Quagliarella had never previously found the net against Inter in 14 meetings, but took his Serie A total up to 73. Alessandro Matri’s 62nd in the top flight was his second past the Nerazzurri after also netting a winner in Turin two seasons ago.
Napoli’s chaotic 5-3 victory away to Torino had more goals than any other Serie A game this season. Edinson Cavani now has 105 Serie A goals, catching Pietro Anastasi in 69th place of the all-time charts. El Matador netted four times in the last three meetings with Torino. Marek Hamsik confirmed the Partenopei’s problems from penalties, as they have failed to convert eight of the 17 taken over the last two Serie A campaigns. Paulo Vitor Barreto hadn’t been on the scoresheet in the top flight since Bari’s 3-2 home defeat to Milan in November 2010.
Not only is this Blerim Dzemaili’s first career hat-trick, but he had never even scored a brace before in all competition.
Milan have only ever lost twice against the Flying Donkeys in Serie A, both of them at the Bentegodi in 2002 and 2005, along with eight wins and a draw. This was their sixth consecutive victory in Verona, the 13th in a row against Chievo home and away. Eugenio Corini’s side ended a run of two consecutive victories and a 306-minute clean sheet.
The Rossoneri have amassed 50 points in the last 22 rounds, better than any other club. Their unbeaten run is now nine wins and three draws, plus four consecutive clean sheets. Max Allegri’s men have never lost once going into the break with a Serie A lead this season, emerging with 10 wins and one draw.
Riccardo Montolivo scored in both meetings with Chievo this season and that 5-1 result on November 3 was the last time he had found the net too. It was his fourth goal overall past the Gialloblu, who are his preferred victims.
Lazio got back to winning ways after three consecutive defeats in which they failed to find the net. All five of Antonio Candreva’s Serie A goals this season have been scored at the Stadio Olimpico. Catania had been unbeaten in Rome since 2008, managing a win and two draws here. Mariano Izco’s third Serie A goal was his first since Inter 2-2 Catania on March 4 2012.
Palermo finally got their first Serie A victory since beating Catania 3-1 in November, ending a run of seven draws and eight defeats. Josip Ilicic took his career tally up to 17, three of them past favourite targets Roma. Fabrizio Miccoli went up to 101 Serie A goals and matches Pietro Paolo Virdis in 73rd place for the all-time charts. He too loves to face the Giallorossi, scoring eight against them.
Roma had been unbeaten in five rounds, in which they dropped only two points. They also fired blanks after netting 17 goals in nine games.
Parma won only their third match of 2013, along with six defeats and three draws. Yohan Benalouane celebrated his debut Serie A goal after 32 caps, while Gabriel Paletta scored his fifth and hadn’t found the net since Lecce 1-2 Parma on April 29 2012. Amauri went up to 76 Serie A strikes and goes into double figures for the first time since 2008 at Juventus. Roberto Donadoni celebrated his 200th professional League bench between Serie A, B and C1.
Pescara have still scraped just one point in 11 games since their last victory, 2-0 away to Fiorentina on January 6. This was their 21st defeat of the campaign and they continue to have the least effective attack (21 goals) and worst defence (61).
Udinese have drawn their last three Stadio Friuli outings, something that hadn’t happened since March 2012. Antonio Di Natale failed to convert a penalty after successfully netting four this season. Bologna hadn’t earned a 0-0 Serie A result in Udine for 11 years, but it is only their second goalless game after holding Lazio this term. The Rossoblu haven’t conquered the Friuli in the top flight since 2005, managing three draws and two defeats. Stefano Pioli has never beaten Francesco Guidolin, earning five points from eight meetings.
Atalanta have won just one of their last seven home games, drawing four and losing two. The Orobici hadn’t shared the spoils with Sampdoria – home or away – since a 0-0 in 2004, followed by five victories each. Samp picked up only three points, all of them 0-0 scorelines, in their last five away matches, scoring one goal. The Blucerchiati managed one win in their last 13 travels, including seven defeats, but that lone success was 2-1 at Juventus.
Cagliari extended their unbeaten home run to four wins and two stalemates. The Sardinians have received nine penalties, more than any other club in Serie A this season, and scored more goals than anyone else in 2013 with 21. Mauricio Pinilla went up to 23 Serie A goals, but it was his first brace, having netted a hat-trick against Cesena. Fiorentina scraped just one away win in 2013 along with five defeats. Juan Cuadrado’s sixth Serie A goal was his second in as many games.
Genoa ended their run of three consecutive defeats. Marco Borriello bagged his ninth goal of the campaign, 67 in his Serie A career, while Bosko Jankovic went up to 16 overall. Siena are unbeaten in three and Innocent Emeghara scored his sixth goal in nine Serie A matches, Alessandro Rosina rising to 28. The last three editions of Genoa-Siena saw a total 15 goals and one win apiece.