Deadly Mattia Destro, quickfire Mariano Izco, Francesco Guidolin and Parma break club records in Susy Campanale's Serie A curiosities.
Mattia Destro has six goals from six Serie A starts this season. With one goal every 75.5 minutes of football, he has the best ratio in the League and also the best for players who scored more than four in the top five European divisions this season. He now has 26 Serie A goals, including four braces.
Roma have won their last eight home games between League and Coppa Italia. The Giallorossi had not beaten Sampdoria home and away in a single Serie A season since 2007-08. Sinisa Mihajlovic’s only defeats on the Blucerchiati bench have been against the top three teams, Juventus, Napoli and Roma, along with five wins and four stalemates. The 2-0 loss at the San Paolo was also his only other game without scoring.
Mariano Izco found the net after 41 seconds, but the fastest goal of the season remains Sulley Muntari in Juventus-Milan (18 seconds). The quickest ever Serie A strike was Gianfranco Matteoli for Inter against Cesena in 1998 (9.9 seconds). Izco has put two of his career total four Serie A goals past Lazio, his favourite targets, and hadn’t scored since visiting the Olimpico on March 30 2013.
Stefano Mauri celebrated his first start since the Coppa Italia Final in May 2013 and last found the net in February 2013 against Genoa. His 42nd Serie A goal was the first from open play since beating Roma 3-2 on November 11 2012.
Edy Reja had until now been unbeaten in Serie A since replacing Vladimir Petkovic over Christmas, picking up three wins in six rounds. The Aquile suffered their third consecutive defeat at the Massimino, losing 1-0 and 4-0 in previous campaigns. Alvaro Gonzalez played his 100th Serie A game.
Catania went unbeaten for four rounds for the first time this season, but ended their winless streak of three draws and three losses between Serie A and Coppa Italia. Nicolas Spolli’s last goal was on May 8 2013 away to Sampdoria, while it was Gino Peruzzi’s debut top flight strike at the 10th appearance.
Parma set a new club record by going 12 rounds unbeaten in Serie A, including six victories, and extended their clean sheet to 345 minutes of football (almost six hours). The Ducali hadn’t won in Bergamo since a 1-0 result in 2001, scraping only three points from eight visits.
Cristian Molinaro finally broke his Serie A duck at the 123rd game. Antonio Cassano went up to 102 goals, while Ezequiel Schelotto rose to six (his first for Parma).
Atalanta had won their previous three home games, keeping a clean sheet for 186 minutes of football. The Orobici hadn’t lost here by a four-goal margin since their 5-1 defeat to Torino on September 30 2012.
Antonio Conte marked his 100th Serie A game as Coach of Juventus by getting the 70th victory, earning a total of 234 points. With a 12th consecutive home win, the Bianconeri match the record set by Fabio Capello’s side in 2005-06. They also equal that season’s tally of 20 wins in the opening 24 rounds.
Fernando Llorente has reached double figures in six of his last seven League campaigns, failing only when barely playing for Athletic Bilbao in 2012-13. Of his 10 goals this season, six were headers. The Bianconeri are the most prolific in the opening half-hour with 18 goals this season. Kwadwo Asamoah’s last Serie A goal was in Pescara 1-6 Juventus on November 10 2012. Martin Caceres netted Juve’s second own goal of the campaign after Andrea Barzagli against Sampdoria.
Chievo extended their winless streak to three draws from 10 games between Serie A and Coppa Italia. The Flying Donkeys have never conquered Turin with three points from 11 top flight visits.
Fiorentina’s last home defeat in all competition was 2-1 to Napoli on October 30, followed by nine wins and a draw. Juan Cuadrado scored his 11th Serie A career goal. Inter hadn’t won in Florence since another 2-1 result in 2011, picking up one point from two attempts.
Inter hadn’t notched up two consecutive League wins since November and end a run of five away defeats in a row between Serie A and Coppa Italia. Rodrigo Palacio netted his first goal of 2014, the 11th of the season, while Mauro Icardi hadn’t scored since a 1-1 at Cagliari on September 29.
Mario Balotelli is this season’s specialist from distance, scoring five goals from outside the box. Milan confirmed their late bloomer status with 14 goals in the last 15 minutes of games. Their record under Clarence Seedorf in all competition is three wins, a draw and two defeats and Balotelli scored in all of them except the trip to Napoli. Bologna haven’t beaten the Rossoneri in 11 attempts between home and away, managing only four points since a 2-1 result in 2008. It was Davide Ballardini’s second loss on the Rossoblu bench along with a win and three stalemates.
Livorno hadn’t received any red cards this season, but picked up two in a single game. Now every club has had at least one man sent off. The Amaranto were without an away victory since a 4-1 at Sassuolo on September 1 2013, picking up two draws from 10 attempts. They had never previously won in Sardinia with seven draws and five defeats between Serie A, B and C.
Cagliari have lost five of the last six rounds and won only once in nine. Nene scored his 21st Serie A goal, while Paulinho netted his 11th and Emerson the second.
Francesco Guidolin is now the longest-serving Coach in Udinese history, matching Giuseppe Bigogno’s record of 172 Serie A games. Bigogno was at the Friuli in 1953-58 and 1959-60, then returned in 1967-68 as a technical director.
Genoa have amassed 29 points in 18 games under Gian Piero Gasperini. Moussa Konate got his debut Serie A goal at the 14th appearance, but Alberto Gilardino took his career tally to 170 – 15 of them past Udinese, his favourite victims. For the first time this season, the Friulani managed a three-round unbeaten run. Bruno Fernandes has scored in each of the last two games, while Dusan Basta netted his eight career Serie A goal, the 22nd for Luis Muriel.
Napoli kept a clean sheet on their travels after conceding five in the last two. Rafa Benitez is on a par with Walter Mazzarri, as at this stage last season they also had 50 points, behind only 51 in 1989-90 and 56 in 1987-88 (calculating three points for a win). However, 49 goals scored after 24 rounds is a new club record.
Sassuolo have lost all three of their games under Alberto Malesani and suffered 10 defeats in the last 11 games in all competition, interrupted only by a 4-3 victory over Milan. Blerim Dzemaili had also scored past Sassuolo earlier this season, while Lorenzo Insigne netted his second of the campaign.
Either by scoring or providing assists, Ciro Immobile and Alessio Cerci have been directly involved in 31 of Torino’s total 39 goals this season. The last time this club had two players reaching double figures was 1994-95, when Ruggiero Rizzitelli scored 19 and Abedi Pele 10.
Toro are unbeaten at Verona in Serie A since a 2-1 result on January 18 1987, followed by five victories and a draw. This term the Granata’s games have involved 12 penalties – six in favour and six against. Verona have now received six and given away five spot-kicks.