Monday March 17 2014
Serie A Week 28: Did You Know?

Parma end their Milan taboo, Gigi Buffon matches Dino Zoff, Roma can't do without Francesco Totti and Torino's historic poker as Susy Campanale considers the stats.

Parma hadn’t conquered San Siro in Serie A since a 1-0 result in 1996, followed by just three points from the next 15 attempts. The Ducali continue to extend their unbeaten club record, which now stands at nine wins and seven draws. A run of five away victories on the bounce is also a Parma record.

Milan had not lost three Serie A games on the trot since November 2006. The last time this club had 11 defeats by Week 28 was in 1996-97. They hadn’t suffered four consecutive losses in all competition since March 2002. Clarence Seedorf’s management record now reads four wins, one draw and eight losses. Parma became the first side to score four at San Siro in the League since Udinese’s 4-4 draw on January 9 2011. The Diavolo have conceded nine goals in the opening 15 minutes this season, more than any other side during that period.

Antonio Cassano catches Pietro Anastasi in the all-time charts with his 105th Serie A goal and hits double figures in a single season for the first time since 2008-09. FantAntonio has now scored seven goals against Milan, but this was the first at the Stadio Meazza. His last brace was five years ago, in Sampdoria’s 3-1 win away to Lecce on April 11 2009.

Mario Balotelli broke the goal drought that had lasted since February 14, a 1-0 victory over Bologna. Defender Adil Rami has scored three goals in just eight Serie A games, despite managing two in 107 appearances between Valencia and Lille. Amauri netted his sixth in the last eight appearances. Jonathan Biabiany has found the net for the second week running.

Gianluigi Buffon matched Dino Zoff’s total of 476 official appearances in a Juventus jersey. He is now joint fifth in the club record books, six behind Roberto Bettega, but still a long way off top man Alessandro Del Piero’s 705 games.

Andrea Pirlo has scored 54 Serie A goals in his career, 25 of them from direct free kicks, four of those this season. He is only three away from Sinisa Mihajlovic’s record tally over the last 30 years.

Genoa haven’t beaten Juventus at Marassi in Serie A since a 3-2 thriller in 2009, managing only two draws from five attempts. The Bianconeri are still one point shy of the all-time Inter record of 76 points after 28 rounds, set in 2006-07. They extended their unbeaten League run to 18 wins and two draws, scoring in each of the last 41 rounds for a total 85 goals.

The last time Torino lost four consecutive Serie A games without finding the net was in May 1981, while they hadn’t fired blanks for four in a row since December 1995. The Granata have also hit the woodwork 14 times, beaten only by Juventus this season on 15.

Napoli hadn’t won both League ties against Toro in a single season since 1988-89. Gonzalo Higuain has put three of his 14 Serie A goals past Giampiero Ventura’s men, who become his favourite targets along with Milan.

Antonio Di Natale matched Valerio Bertotto’s all-time club record of 323 Serie A appearances in an Udinese jersey. Giampiero Pinzi celebrated his 400th game as a professional with his 21st Serie A goal, but hadn’t found the net since Inter 2-5 Udinese on May 19 2013.

Francesco Totti has found the net in three of his last five Serie A games and provided eight assists this term. This was his 233rd Serie A goal and of his total 14 against Udinese, nine of them have been at the Stadio Olimpico.

Roma’s Serie A record this season with Totti on the field is 13 victories and two draws, scoring 39 goals, an average of 2.7 points per game. Without their captain, the team amassed five wins, five draws and a defeat, netting only 11 goals, an average of 1.8 points.

Roma had conceded only two goals in 13 home outings, but let in two in a single game against Udinese. The Friulani won one of their last eight visits, 3-2 in 2012, along with a draw and six defeats. Vasilis Torosidis scored with his only shot on target of the campaign so far, but had already netted in Serie A against Atalanta on February 24 2013. Mattia Destro is Roma’s top scorer with seven goals in just 13 matches.

Verona won eight of their first nine home games, but have now scraped just two points from the last six. Hellas hadn’t gone six Serie A rounds at the Bentegodi without victory since September-November 1989. Andrea Mandorlini’s men also failed to score for three rounds on the trot for the first time this season.

Inter have won five of their last six visits to Verona, drawing 2-2 in 2000. The Nerazzurri notched up nine victories and a stalemate in 10 Serie A encounters with Hellas, home and away. Rodrigo Palacio went up to 60 Serie A goals, 15 in the current campaign, while it was Jonathan’s fourth. Palacio has netted three in the last five games after ending a six-round drought.

Fiorentina were without success in five competitive matches, earning just three draws. Juan Guillermo Cuadrado matched his personal best of five Serie A goals, already set last season. Chievo are his favourite targets, as the Colombian has put three of his total 13 strikes past them. Alessandro Matri went up to 67 career top flight goals, while Mario Gomez had only found the net in one previous Serie A game, bagging a brace in Genoa 2-5 Fiorentina on September 1. The Viola have netted 26 goals with midfielders this term, more than any other club.

Alberto Paloschi set a new personal best with his eighth goal of the season, 28 in his Serie A career. Chievo have put together just two draws from their last eight official away fixtures between Serie A and Coppa Italia, losing the last four League trips on the trot.

Atalanta celebrated a third consecutive top flight win, but above all the 400th official game for Gianpaolo Bellini, who made his comeback five months after knee surgery. Sampdoria hadn’t lost a Serie A trip to Bergamo since a 4-2 result in 2008, registering a win and a draw. German Denis took his tally to 58 goals and reached double figures for the third consecutive season, while it was the 12th for Giacomo Bonaventura and Carlos Carmona rose to five. Sinisa Mihajlovic’s record on the Blucerchiati bench is now seven wins, four draws and five defeats. Samp have leaked 12 goals in their last six away fixtures.

Atalanta and Sampdoria have not played a single 0-0 draw since they faced each other in March 2013.

Mauricio Pinilla failed to convert his second penalty of the season, his third error in 14 Serie A spot-kicks overall, while Cagliari have missed three this term. Daniele Conti received the 12th red card of his top flight career. Cagliari’s unbeaten run ground to a halt after five points from three rounds.

Lazio have won four of their last five League games and notched up a second consecutive away victory with a clean sheet. Senad Lulic got his eighth Serie A goal and Keita Balde Diao has netted four in just 16 appearances. Current Coach Diego Lopez was part of the Cagliari squad that Edy Reja took to promotion in 2003-04.

Livorno ended a three-round winless streak and a run of one win from their previous eight home ties, but have conceded in each of their last 17 official games for a total 35 goals. Marco Benassi marked his second Serie A goal at the 18th appearance, while Paulinho netted five in the last eight games. Bologna picked up just one point from the last three away fixtures and are without a win in five rounds. The only other Lazaros Christodoulopoulos Serie A goal was against Fiorentina on February 24 2013. Cesare Natali marked his 300th Serie A match.

Sassuolo had not celebrated a victory since they beat Milan 4-3 on January 19, managing just one point from the next eight rounds. Simone Missiroli got his fourth Serie A goal, but hadn’t scored in the top flight for six years, as his last was in Reggina 4-0 Siena on March 16 2008. Simone Zaza rose to six top flight goals, while Nicola Sansone got his first goal for the Neroverdi after a brace for Parma earlier this season.

Gonzalo Bergessio was able to celebrate his 100th Serie A appearance with the 30th goal. Catania’s disastrous away form continues with five draws and 16 defeats since their 2-1 at Parma on February 24 2013. 

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