Gianluigi Buffon's fifth century, Roma-Cagliari against history and Mario Balotelli fails again as Susy Campanale rounds up the curios from Serie A Week 13.
Gianluigi Buffon marked his 500th Serie A appearance, the debut in Parma 0-0 Milan on November 19 1995. It was also his 145th clean sheet in 332 games for Juventus.
Juve haven’t lost a League game in Livorno since a 1-0 result in 1941, followed by seven defeats and four stalemates. The Bianconeri notched up a fifth consecutive Serie A victory and extended their clean sheet to 460 minutes. Fernando Llorente scored his third Serie A goal, the second in as many games, and Carlos Tevez went up to seven.
Roma-Cagliari hadn’t ended in a draw since a 2-2 result on October 31 1999, followed by seven home wins and two away (both over the last two seasons). It’s the first time the Giallorossi have failed to score in this fixture since a 0-0 in February 1992, having netted 37 goals in the next 16 editions. Cagliari hadn’t kept a clean sheet in all competition since beating Lazio 1-0 on May 19, leaking 22 goals in their last 13 games, while this was Roma’s first time firing blanks this term.
Napoli were unbeaten at the San Paolo in Serie A in this calendar year, managing 13 wins and three draws. This result also ended their run of 14 consecutive home games on target, for a total 33 goals between Serie A and Champions League. The Partenopei have lost three of their last four League games in which they failed to find the net in the first half.
Parma hadn’t won on their travels yet this season, earning just two points from five attempts. However, the Ducali confirmed their strong record in Naples, winning two of their last three visits. Antonio Cassano marked his 99th Serie A goal, though some statistics would have it as 100 because of a contested Cristian Puggioni own goal in Inter-Chievo.
Milan extended their winless streak in all competition to three defeats and four draws, while for the first time since September 2007 they go without victory for five Serie A rounds. Kaka celebrated his 200th Serie A appearance with the 72nd goal, the 97th in all competition for Milan.
Mario Balotelli has now failed to convert two penalties this season, both at San Siro, more than any other player. Mattia Perin joins Napoli’s Pepe Reina as the only goalkeepers to have parried a Balotelli spot-kick in his senior professional career. Perin saved two of the 11 Serie A penalties he has faced.
Genoa have now notched up 14 points from seven games under Gian Piero Gasperini, though their clean sheet was ended after 328 minutes of football. Their last victory over Milan at San Siro was a 5-1 result back in 1958, followed by six draws and 18 losses between Serie A and B. Alberto Gilardino took his career tally to 165 top flight goals and converted the first League penalty awarded against the Rossoneri this season.
Verona had their 100 per cent home record shattered by local rivals Chievo after six victories, plus it was the first time they failed to score at the Bentegodi since a 1-0 Serie B defeat to Torino on March 30, notching up 15 goals in the next eight games. Chievo had never previously won the Derby di Verona as the away team with two draws and three defeats between Serie A and B. The only other top flight campaign with a Verona Derby was 2001-02, each side winning the home tie.
Eugenio Corini made his comeback to the Flying Donkeys bench and ended their streak of two points from eight rounds, plus the 439-minute goalless run. Dejan Lazarevic scored his debut Serie A goal at the fourth game.
Sinisa Mihajlovic arrived with his 100th Italian club management game and ended Sampdoria’s run of three consecutive defeats. Roberto Soriano broke his Serie A duck at the 31st appearance. Lazio have won just one of the last eight rounds, losing two, and since a 3-1 victory at Inter on May 8 managed only four defeats and four draws on their League travels. Lorik Cana scored his third Serie A goal, the most recent being in Atalanta 0-2 Lazio on May 6 2012.
Sassuolo have put together seven points from the last three rounds, 11 in six games. They had previously faced Atalanta twice in Serie B and lost both encounters. Domenico Berardi is now on seven top flight goals, while Simone Zaza has four. Stefano Colantuono’s men have lost six of their seven away tests this season and are without a goal on their travels in 344 minutes.
Torino ended their negative streak after five draws and three defeats. They hadn’t bagged four in a home fixture since a 4-4 draw with Parma on February 23 2008. Toro have never lost against Catania between Serie A and B, notching up 11 victories and seven stalemates. At his 18th Serie A appearance, Omar El Kaddouri broke his duck with a brace. Ciro Immobile has netted in five of his last six games, but Emiliano Moretti hadn’t scored in Serie A since Inter 5-4 Genoa on April 1 2012 and his career tally now stands at three.
Catania have lost all their away games this season and since a 2-1 at Parma in February have managed just three points from 13 trips outside Sicily. Sebastian Leto scored his first Serie A goal at the eighth appearance.
Udinese got back to winning ways at the Stadio Friuli after two consecutive defeats and ended a 251-minute goal drought here. Francesco Guidolin marked his 200th official match on the Friuli bench with 89 wins, 49 draws and 62 defeats. Fiorentina have a poor record in Udine, their 1-0 win in 2008 the only highlight in the last 10 visits, which resulted in two draws and seven defeats.
Inter are unbeaten in Bologna since a 2-1 in 2002, followed by seven triumphs and two draws. The Nerazzurri extended their unbeaten streak to three wins and as many draws, but did concede after 256 minutes of football. Panagiotis Kone was the first player to score against Inter in the opening 15 minutes this season.