The return of Mattia Destro, a new record for Chievo and Lazio's worst streak in four years as Susy Campanale rounds up the Serie A curios.
Mattia Destro scored on his first appearance of the season, not having found the net since his last Serie A game, a 2-1 home win over Napoli on May 19. Albeit with such a big gap, Destro has still scored in three of his last four Stadio Olimpico matches. His total top flight tally is now 21 goals.
Roma have conceded no more than one goal in each of their last 23 Serie A fixtures. Juan Manuel Vargas is the second opponent to score past the Giallorossi at the Olimpico after Sassuolo’s Domenico Berardi. The Peruvian has four goals this season, just one shy of his personal best, and two in as many rounds. Douglas Maicon scored his 17th Serie A goal, the first since Inter 4-2 Milan on May 6 2012, and his first in a Roma shirt.
Fiorentina have not kept a League clean sheet away to Roma since a 0-0 draw in April 1990, conceding in each of their next 21 visits. The 2-1 victory here in 2012 was the lone bright spot among four draws and 14 defeats. The Tuscans suffered a second consecutive away defeat and with 20 goals after 15 rounds have the worst defensive record since they returned to Serie A in 2004-05. Juan Guillermo Cuadrado and Nenad Tomovic had their 100th Serie A appearances.
Juventus made it seven wins in a row, all of them without conceding, something this club had only achieved once before from April to September 2002. In the era of three points for a win, the Turin giants had reached 40 after 15 rounds in 2005-06 with 42 at this stage.
Gianluigi Buffon set a new personal best in a single top flight campaign, keeping a clean sheet for 640 minutes of football. Giorgio Chiellini netted his 21st Serie A goal, making him the most prolific defender in the League since he debuted in 2004-05. Arturo Vidal ended a four-round goalless streak with his 11th of the season overall. Of the Chilean’s total 33 Bianconeri goals, 15 proved decisive to earn a result. In their nine Serie A games played without Andrea Pirlo, Juve have picked up six wins and three draws. Mirko Vucinic marked his 300th Serie A appearance.
Bologna haven’t beaten Juve at the Stadio Dall’Ara since a 3-0 triumph in 1998, managing just four stalemates and nine losses. The Rossoblu extended their winless run to three draws and as many losses between Serie A and the Coppa Italia. This was only the second time this season they failed to score on home turf after 11 goals in 10 games.
Inter hadn’t played three consecutive top flight stalemates since February 2010, but extended their unbeaten run to eight rounds, of which half were victories. Rodrigo Palacio went up to 56 Serie A goals and has now scored nine in just eight meetings with Parma. Fredy Guarin was on the scoresheet for the second game on the trot for a career total seven. The Ducali haven’t lost in four League fixtures, even if only one was a victory.
The only other time Parma scored three goals at San Siro was in their lone victory here, 3-0 in 1999. Nicola Sansone got his first brace and hadn’t found the net since Parma 4-1 Torino on March 10. The former Bayern Munich youth product has scored nine Serie A goals and three of them were against favourite targets Inter. Marco Parolo set a new personal best with his sixth of the campaign, 15 overall.
Rafa Benitez’s men have scraped just one point from their last two San Paolo League outings. Napoli had only one previous Serie A draw this season, against Sassuolo in September.
Udinese had found the net only three times in their previous seven games, but got three in one go at the San Paolo. This was their first away draw after one win at Sassuolo and six losses. Napoli are the top scoring team in the first half this season with 19 goals. Rafael and Anthony Reveillere received their Serie A debuts, while Blerim Dzemaili netted his 14th in this tournament. Bruno Fernandes got his first Serie A goal and the seventh for Dusan Basta, who hadn’t scored since Siena 2-2 Udinese on September 16 2012.
With six Serie A goals, Goran Pandev has already matched his tally from both 2011-12 and 2012-13. His sixth top flight brace also marked his 100th competitive appearance in a Napoli jersey and he now has three goals in his last two games.
For the third time this season, Milan went from a leading position to trailing. Massimiliano Allegri marked his 200th Serie A game and did so against his hometown club Livorno. The Rossoneri have won just one of the last seven rounds, drawing four. Mario Balotelli took his career Serie A tally to 38 with his sixth brace, the 21st goals in a Milan jersey and the fourth in three competitive outings.
Livorno haven’t got the better of Milan on home turf in Serie A since a 1-0 result in 2005, followed by three draws and two defeats. The Amaranto ended a run of three consecutive defeats without scoring a goal, 375 minutes without finding the net. Luca Siligardi has two Serie A goals in his career, both at the Stadio Picchi, as the other was past Sampdoria in October. Paulinho went up to six for the current campaign.
Lazio are in crisis, as a six-match winless streak is their worst Serie A performance since a run of 13 games in December 2009. Torino put together seven points in the last three rounds and are unbeaten at home in four. With 24 goals after 15 rounds, this is the most prolific Granata start to a top flight campaign since 1984-85. That year they finished second behind Hellas Verona.
Kamil Glik has scored only three Serie A goals in his career and two of them were against Lazio. He also netted past the Aquile in a 1-1 draw in Rome on October 31 2012. Giampiero Ventura celebrated his 100th official match on the Toro bench, with 38 wins, 34 draws and 28 defeats.
Chievo notched up a third consecutive victory (four including the Coppa Italia), something they hadn’t managed for over a year. For the first time in their Serie A history, the Flying Donkeys kept five clean sheets in a row. They had never previously beaten Sassuolo on their own turf with a draw and two losses in Serie C2 during the 1980s. Eusebio Di Francesco’s men terminated a four-match unbeaten run, including two victories. Cyril Thereau got his 22nd Serie A goal, his second in as many appearances.
Cagliari amassed eight points from the last four rounds, but have scored 12 of their total 17 goals this season in the second half. Marco Sau went up to 16 career top flight strikes thanks to his third brace. Genoa have lost their last three Serie A trips to Cagliari and Gian Piero Gasperini suffered only his second defeat since taking over from Fabio Liverani, the other being 2-0 to Juventus with four wins and three draws. Alberto Gilardino marked his 166th Serie A goal.
Since taking over from Delio Rossi, Sampdoria Coach Sinisa Mihajlovic has put together two wins and two draws between Serie A and Coppa Italia. Eder got his 20th Serie A goal, the 11th for Manolo Gabbiadini.
Catania had not lost eight on the bounce in the top flight since November 2007-March 2008. Their last away victory was 2-1 at Parma on February 24, followed by three points from 14 attempts. The Elefantini’s Serie A record at Sampdoria is a 1-0 win in 1964, four stalemates and 15 defeats.
Verona got back to winning ways after four consecutive defeats in all competition. Juanito Gomez Taleb went up to three goals in his maiden Serie A season, while Jorginho has seven and converted all five penalties. Atalanta have lost nine of their last 11 League away games, earning one win, but ended a 386-minute goal drought on their travels. German Denis went up to 54 Serie A goals, six in the current campaign.