Roma and Juventus set more new records, Inter ended their Tardini taboo and Mario Balotelli hit a Milan first in Susy Campanale's stats round-up.
Roma have mathematically secured their spot in the Champions League group phase for next season thanks to an eighth consecutive victory, their fourth away win on the bounce with just one goal conceded. They also set a new club record of 25 wins in a single Serie A season, beating the previous best of 24 set in 2007-08 and 2009-10, and matching Luciano Spalletti’s total tally of 82 points in 2007-08.
The Giallorossi have beaten Fiorentina in their last four League encounters, home and away, with just one draw in 13 meetings. Last season there was an identical result at the Stadio Franchi. Radja Nainggolan went up to nine Serie A goals, four of them this season, two with the Roma jersey on his back. Rudi Garcia’s men kept their 20th clean sheet, more than any other side in Europe’s top five Leagues on a par with his old club Lille.
Fiorentina suffered their third defeat in the last four home games between Serie A and the Europa League, while they haven’t kept a clean sheet at the Stadio Franchi in eight official matches, conceding a total of 10 goals.
Juventus maintained their 100 per cent home record, added to the all-time record of 17 consecutive home victories and are just two away from becoming the first Serie A side ever to win all their domestic fixtures. On 90 points, they are seven shy of Inter’s all-time record in a single Serie A season, set in 2006-07. The Bianconeri found the net for the 26th official home match in a row for a total 61 goals.
Paul Pogba has put two of his total 12 Serie A goals past Bologna, his joint favourite victims along with Napoli and Udinese. Of those 12, seven were scored from outside the penalty area. Claudio Marchisio marked his 200th top flight appearance.
Bologna extended their winless streak to five rounds and managed just two points from the last six away games. The Rossoblu won in Turin 2-0 in 2011, their only victory in the last 19 Serie A visits, along with six draws and 12 losses.
Milan hadn’t won five League games on the bounce since November 2011. Mario Balotelli set a new personal best with his 14th of the season, surpassing the Manchester City tally of 13 in 2011-12. It was his 46th in Serie A overall and his 30th in 50 official games with the Milan jersey, but his first header for the Rossoneri. Adel Taarabt has scored four Serie A goals this season, but previously all had been outside San Siro. Giampaolo Pazzini’s second of the campaign took his career total to 97 in Serie A.
Livorno sacked Domenico Di Carlo after he scraped one point from the last six rounds. His total on the Amaranto bench was three wins, three draws and eight losses. There have been 14 managerial changes this season, just two shy of the all-time Serie A record of 16 set in 2011-12.
The Amaranto had one top flight win away to Milan, 2-0 in 1942, along with eight draws and 10 defeats. With 67 goals conceded, it’s the club’s third worst Serie A defensive record, having leaked 76 in 1929-30 and 70 in 1930-31.
Verona matched the all-time club record of 15 victories in a single Serie A season, set in 1984-85. Hellas secured a second away win on the bounce, but hadn’t conquered Bergamo in the top flight since a 1-0 result in 1972, followed by five draws and 10 losses. Atalanta fell to a third consecutive defeat, something they had already experienced once this season. German Denis went up to 60 Serie A goals, 12 of them this term. Massimo Donati got his 13th top flight strike, ending a drought that had lasted from Palermo 5-1 Lazio on February 19 2012.
Luca Toni rose to 127 Serie A goals, putting him on a par with Andriy Shevchenko. With 18, this is his most prolific campaign since bagging 24 for Bayern Munich in 2007-08 and as many as his previous three Serie A terms combined. It was the veteran’s fifth goal in the last four rounds and he is the top scorer over 35 in the main five European Leagues this season.
Parma had been unbeaten at the Tardini since a 1-0 to Juventus on November 2, putting together five wins and six draws between Serie A and the Coppa Italia. The Ducali also fired blanks after scoring 21 goals in the last 11 rounds.
Inter’s last victory in Parma was 2-0 in 2008, followed by a draw and three consecutive defeats. The Nerazzurri are unbeaten in their last six away games and haven’t conceded on their travels for 185 minutes of football. Fredy Guarin matched his personal best of eight goals in a single Italian season, set last year, but 59 seconds after coming off the bench it was this campaign’s fastest strike by a substitute. Rolando went up to four goals in Serie A, all of them this term.
Samir Handanovic saved a penalty for the second round running and has parried three spot-kicks this season, 16 overall in his Serie A career.
Napoli haven’t conquered the Stadio Friuli since a 5-0 triumph in 2007, managing only four draws and two defeats. Udinese picked up a point after two defeats on the trot and Bruno Fernandes got his fifth goal in this debut Serie A season. Roberto Pereyra marked his 100th appearance in the Italian top flight. Jose Callejon took his tally up to 13 goals, but the Partenopei have one point from their last two away fixtures.
Antonio Candreva scored the first Serie A brace of his career, 27 goals overall, while Stefano Mauri took his tally to 43. Torino extended their unbeaten run to three wins and a draw. The Granata haven’t beaten Lazio away in Serie A since a 2-1 result in 1993, managing seven stalemates and three defeats. Jasmin Kurtic broke his Serie A duck at the 66th appearance, while Panagiotis Tachtsidis only had one previous goal in Bologna 3-3 Roma on January 27 2013.
Ciro Immobile rose to 20 Serie A goals, becoming the most prolific Torino hitman since Ciccio Graziani on 21 in 1976-77. Of those 20 strikes, 12 were scored in 2014.
Catania had been without a victory since beating Lazio 3-1 on February 16, notching up just one point from nine games. Sebastian Leto bagged his third Serie A goal, the 32nd for Gonzalo Bergessio. Sampdoria fell to a third consecutive defeat, but at least ended the goal drought after 353 minutes of football thanks to Stefano Okaka’s 11th top flight strike.
Chievo have lost three of their last four home fixtures, but this was their first draw in 13 rounds after four wins and nine defeats. Sassuolo extended their unbeaten run to three rounds, something the club hadn’t experienced since December, amassing seven points. Domenico Berardi has netted 13 goals in his maiden Serie A season and confirmed the statistic that all 33 of Sassuolo’s goals were scored by Italians.
Cagliari had been without an away victory in Serie A since a 2-0 at Pescara on February 17 2013, followed by 12 stalemates and 10 losses. Genoa hadn’t tasted four defeats on the bounce since November 2012, when it was a six-round losing streak. Sebastian De Maio celebrated his second goal in 22 Serie A appearances, while Victor Ibarbo rose to 13. Marco Sau has put four of his total 18 top flight goals past Genoa, his favourite targets.