Repeat offenders at San Siro, new records for Udinese and Catania, plus Pescara become the worst team in 63 years as Susy Campanale rounds up the Week 37 stats.
The last time Sulley Ali Muntari saw red in Serie A was Inter’s 3-1 defeat at Catania on March 12 2010, but this was his 10th dismissal. Francesco Totti went for an early shower in Serie A most recently during a 2-0 win over Lecce on October 30 2010. This was his 11th sending off – the second against Milan, as he also saw red in a 2-0 home defeat on March 20 2005. Of the players still in activity, only Udinese’s Giampiero Pinzi has more dismissals than Totti with 12.
Milan’s last 0-0 at San Siro was against Napoli on February 5 2012. The Rossoneri failed to score on home turf after netting 31 goals in 14 games. Roma hadn’t played a 0-0 for 38 Serie A rounds.
For the first time since he arrived at Milan, Mario Balotelli failed to score on home turf. The Rossoneri are unbeaten in 12 home games, winning 10, as the only other stalemate was against Napoli. Massimiliano Allegri has only ever beaten Roma twice along with four stalemates and three losses.
Home and away, Cagliari haven’t beaten Juve since a 2-0 home result in November 2009, managing only two draws and five defeats. The Sardinians also drew 1-1 in Turin last season with Mirko Vucinic on the scoresheet and have scored in five of their last six top flight trips here. All but one of the last six meetings between Juve and Cagliari in all venues have had both teams on target.
The Bianconeri’s run of nine consecutive wins was concluded, leaving intact the record of 10 set in 1931-32. Arturo Vidal has taken part in six of the last eight Juventus goals, netting five and setting up another. Vucinic went up to 93 Serie A strikes. Victor Ibarbo became the first player to score against Juventus in the opening 15 minutes this season, it was his ninth top flight goal.
On 67 goals, this is the fourth most prolific Fiorentina side of all time after 95 in 1958-59, 76 in 1949-50 and 68 in 1959-60. Luca Toni went up to 109 career Serie A strikes, eight in the current campaign, his most prolific since 2006-07 in Italy.
Palermo were unbeaten in Florence since a 1-0 result in August 2009, earning a win and a draw. The Rosanero haven’t scored in any of their last three encounters with the Viola, home and away. The Sicilians are relegated after nine consecutive campaigns in Serie A. Palermo scraped one win from their last 23 away matches between Serie A and Coppa Italia, along with 13 defeats and nine draws.
Genoa mathematically secured their safety by extending their unbeaten run to six games. The Grifone equal a club record by spending seven consecutive seasons in Serie A, last set from 1953-60.
Inter were also held to a stalemate at San Siro in December, though that was 1-1. This fixture hadn’t ended in a draw since a 1-1 in March 2008, as the Nerazzurri had won four on the bounce here. Genoa haven’t beaten Inter in any venue since a 2-1 home result in 1994, followed by five draws and 11 defeats.
The Nerazzurri hadn’t played a 0-0 draw since April 2012 away to Fiorentina, going 41 Serie A rounds without this scoreline.
Udinese set a new club record with their seventh consecutive Serie A victory. They had just one home defeat, 4-1 to Juventus, along with 13 wins and seven draws.
Antonio Di Natale went up to 175 top flight goals and it’s the 30th time he has netted more than one goal in a game (24 braces, six hat-tricks). Of his 22 goals this season, 16 have been on home turf. Atalanta hadn’t lost against Udinese home and away since May 2009, earning four draws and a win. Giuseppe De Luca’s only previous Serie A goal this season was in a 2-1 win away to Sampdoria on November 4.
Siena are relegated with a fifth consecutive defeat, although they ended a four-round goal drought. Fabrizio Grillo scored on his Serie A debut. Their only victory at the San Paolo was 2-1 in 2002 and they’ve lost four League visits on the trot. Napoli have won nine of the last 10, losing just one in 20. The Partenopei are the most prolific side in Serie A this season with 72 goals.
Edinson Cavani went up to 111 Serie A goals, 103 official strikes in a Napoli jersey putting him on a par with Antonio Vojak, third in the all-time club charts. The only ones ahead of him now are Attila Sallustro on 107 and Diego Maradona on 115.
Cavani looks set to become only the second ever Capocannoniere from Napoli after Maradona’s 15 goals in 1987-88. El Matador rattled the woodwork eight times this season, more than any other Serie A player, but he still managed to score his 10th goal in the last eight rounds.
Sampdoria have failed to score in their last three meetings with Lazio, home and away, conceding four in those defeats. The Blucerchiati haven’t conquered the Olimpico in Serie A since January 2005, managing one point from seven attempts. Samp are winless in 10, scraping four points, which is a new negative streak for their campaign.
Lazio picked up three straight wins for the first time since January. Sergio Floccari found the net for the second week running for his 59th career goal. Antonio Candreva went up to 16, but all six this season were scored at the Olimpico.
Parma won 2-1 at the Dall’Ara in December and Bologna returned the favour at the Tardini. The Rossoblu hadn’t won in Parma since a 2-1 result in September 2004, followed by a draw and two losses. In all venues, Bologna’s last victory over their local rivals was a 2-1 home result in April 2010 along with three draws and two defeats. Stefano Pioli’s men were without a win in eight rounds, drawing five, and hadn’t scored in 200 minutes of football.
Davide Moscardelli had not scored since Chievo 1-0 Cesena on February 26, 2012. Saphir Taider got his third of the campaign. Parma lost four home games this season, all of them in 2013.
Alessio Cerci matched his personal best of seven goals in a single Serie A campaign, 19 overall. Chievo scored at the Bentegodi after firing blanks in their previous four home games, as Cyril Thereau got his 17th Serie A career goal. Torino also broke their three-game drought, but have never won a Serie A game in Verona, managing two points from five attempts.
Catania continue to improve their record points tally, going up to 55 (the previous best was 48), and with 12 home wins set another club record. They match the 15 overall victories set in 1960-61. Pescara’s League record in Sicily is five defeats and a draw, in which they scored just once. Alejandro Gomez has scored eight goals this season – seven of them at the Massimino.
The Delfini match the all-time Serie A record of 27 defeats set by Venezia in 1949-50. In the second half of the season, Pescara managed only two points from an available 54.