Edinson Cavani scored his seventh hat-trick in a Napoli jersey, nine goals in the last eight Serie A matches, 25 in 23 official appearances this season and 99 in the top flight. El Matador’s record against Roma is now eight goals in 11 League meetings, making them his favourite ‘victims.’
Marek Hamsik marked his 200th Serie A appearance, all but one for the Partenopei. Christian Maggio scored his 31st Serie A strike, the second in as many games. The Partenopei haven’t lost any of the games this term when ahead at half-time, going on to win six and draw two.
In the last 20 years, the Lupi have conquered Naples six times, drawing five visits and losing only four. Since Napoli returned permanently to Serie A in 2008, Roma won three of their six trips here, drawing one and losing two.
Roma fell to a second consecutive away defeat and have lost four of their last six games outside the Olimpico. They hadn’t conceded four at the San Paolo since 1980, but it is the sixth time this season the Lupi have leaked three or more goals. Zdenek Zeman had never previously lost to Walter Mazzarri, drawing all four of their meetings. Pablo Daniel Osvaldo’s second goal in a row took his Serie A career total to 29, but Miralem Pjanic received Roma’s sixth red card of the campaign.
Sampdoria celebrated only their fifth Serie A victory in Turin, the most recent since a 1-0 in February 2005, ending a run of three points from five visits. The Blucerchiati were without an away win since their 3-2 result at Pescara on September 16 and had scraped one point from the previous four rounds. Delio Rossi marked his debut victory on the Samp bench, while Mauro Icardi got his first ever Serie A brace.
The Bianconeri had only twice before conceded more than a goal in a top flight game at the Juventus Stadium. Inter are the only other team to win in this arena with a 3-1 result on November 3 from 36 official games along with 25 Juve victories and nine draws.
Sebastian Giovinco netted his sixth Serie A goal of the season, 37 overall, and is the team’s top scorer alongside Fabio Quagliarella. Juve catch Fiorentina as the side with the most penalties this season, as Giovinco converted their seventh.
Lazio hit 39 points at the halfway stage, matching the tally set by Sven Goran Eriksson in 1999-00 and just one shy of Tommaso Maestrelli’s Scudetto-winning side in 1973-74 (calculating three points for a win). It is also the best start for a Coach in his debut Serie A season since Jose Mourinho at Inter on 41.
The Aquile have only ever reached the halfway stage of the season in second place five times. The most recent was under Roberto Mancini’s watch in 2002-03. The Biancocelesti had not won the first game after Christmas since a 4-1 victory over Livorno in January 2010, managing a draw and a defeat.
Cagliari have not shared the spoils with Lazio, home or away, since a 0-0 in Rome in October 2006. It was followed by eight Biancocelesti wins and four Sardinian successes. Cagliari confirmed their poor finales, conceding 24 goals in the second half and 13 in the last quarter-of-an-hour.
Federico Marchetti was finally beaten after 606 minutes of football in all competition, equalling the record set by Felice Pulici in 1974. However, Luca Marchegiani still holds the all-time club best with 744 minutes. Lazio’s clean sheet was blemished in Serie A after 356 minutes. The Romans have not lost any of their 11 games since Stefan Radu returned from injury on November 8. Abdoullay Konko’s fifth Serie A goal was his first since Siena 0-1 Genoa, April 20 2008. Antonio Candreva went up to four in the current campaign, a new personal best, 14 overall.
Cagliari fell to a sixth consecutive defeat for the first time since January 2007. Marco Sau has scored six goals in just nine appearances. The Sardinians hadn’t been reduced to nine men since April 11 2009, a 2-1 loss in Florence when Michele Canini and Alessandro Agostini saw red.
Fiorentina hadn’t lost at the Stadio Franchi in Serie A since a 2-1 to Chievo on April 1 2012, racking up seven victories and six draws. Pescara marked their first ever victory in Florence after losing all six of their previous top flight visits. There were also two Serie B draws and a Coppa Italia defeat for a grand total of four goals scored and 19 conceded here.
The Delfini hadn’t won on their travels since a 2-1 scoreline in Cagliari on September 30, losing five on the bounce. It is the first time they’ve managed a clean sheet away from the Adriatico this term, having conceded 18. Mattia Perin performed 15 saves for Pescara at the Stadio Franchi, more than any other goalkeeper in a game across the top five European Leagues this season. Vladimir Weiss was the assist-man in four of the Delfini’s last six goals. Jonathas celebrated his first Serie A goal at the 14th game, while Mervan Celik took his tally up to three.
Milan have not lost their first game of the year since a 3-0 at Lazio in 1997, earning 13 victories and three stalemates. Giampaolo Pazzini has either scored or provided an assist in each of the last four Serie A rounds, while Bojan Krkic got his 10th goal. Siena have never beaten the Rossoneri at San Siro, earning a 0-0 draw in 2006 and eight defeats. The Tuscans fell to a fifth consecutive defeat, equalling the club record set in February 2004. Michele Paolucci’s 16th top flight goal was his first since December 6 2009, Siena 3-2 Catania.
The Rossoneri are the only side in Serie A still without a home stalemate, winning six and losing four.
Inter fell to a fourth consecutive away defeat, something that hadn’t happened in Serie A since their run of five in 1999. The Nerazzurri haven’t scored on their travels for 366 minutes of football between Serie A and Europa League.
The last time Inter lost their post-Christmas match was January 6 1999, a 1-0 at Parma followed by nine wins and four stalemates.
The last four editions of Udinese-Inter have provided 16 goals. The Nerazzurri had lost only one of the last 11 visits to the Friuli in all competition, a 3-1 result in January 2011. The Milanese giants hadn’t failed to score here since a 0-0 in January 2008. Their Serie A record here is now 12 losses, 18 draws and 16 wins. Antonio Di Natale went up to 165 Serie A goals, while it was Luis Muriel’s ninth.
Parma extended their unbeaten home run to 14 Serie A games, winning 11 of them, and are now the only team in the League without a home defeat. Palermo have never won at the Tardini in the top flight, managing four draws and as many losses, and are the only side without an away victory this season.
Igor Budan’s 45th Serie A strike was his first since April 1, Bologna 1-3 Palermo. Ishak Belfodil took his career tally to six Serie A goals, 71 for Amauri.
Marco Borriello scored his 63rd Serie A goal, but hadn’t netted a top flight brace since Roma 4-2 Catania also on January 6 2011. Bologna have lost their last three top flight visits to Genoa. The Grifone hadn’t won at Marassi since another 2-0 over Cagliari on August 26.
Torino have played four goalless draws, more than anyone else this season, and seven stalemates on their travels. The Granata haven’t won the first game of the calendar year since a 2-1 over Ternana in Serie B in 2005, managing five draws and three defeats.
Chievo extended their unbeaten home run to four wins and three draws, keeping a clean sheet for 270 minutes. Isaac Cofie scored his debut Serie A goal at the seventh appearance. Atalanta have lost their last four away games, not scoring for 229 minutes. The Orobici have never conquered the Stadio Bentegodi in Serie A, B or the Coppa Italia, scraping seven points from 11 visits.
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