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Thursday April 30 2015
Serie A Week 33: Did You Know?

A glut of own goals, Antonio Di Natale matches Roberto Baggio and Milan continue to set negative records in Susy Campanale's stats round-up.

The last time there were three own goals in a Serie A game was Catania-Inter in 1968, when four players were embarrassed.

Empoli benefited from four own goals this term, more than any other club on a par with Genoa. Napoli have scored four own goals this season, so only Verona have done worse with five.

Napoli have never conquered the Stadio Castellani in all competition, earning three draws from nine visits. Before this, they had only scored twice here in Serie B. The Partenopei have lost five of their last six League away games, scoring six goals and conceding 11.

Massimo Maccarone has scored 10 goals this season, all of them from inside the box, including a penalty. Big Mac has 61 in his Serie A career and found the net for the third game on the bounce. Riccardo Saponara also scored for the third round running.

Antonio Di Natale scored his 205th Serie A goal, equalling the career tally of Roberto Baggio. This puts Toto’ joint sixth in the all-time charts behind Silvio Piola (274), Francesco Totti (241), Gunnar Nordahl (226), Giuseppe Meazza (216) and Jose Altafini (216). Di Natale has netted 187 Serie A goals for Udinese and 18 for Empoli (164 right-footed, 27 left-footed and 14 headers).

Juventus are now unbeaten on home turf in Serie A for 45 rounds, including 41 victories. Claudio Marchisio made his 300th appearance in a Juventus jersey (208 Serie A, 31 Champions League, 18 Europa League, 15 Coppa Italia, three Super Cups, 25 Serie B).

Carlos Tevez matched his personal best of 20 League goals in a single campaign, set in 2013-14, but has 28 in all competition. Fernando Llorente hadn’t found the net in Serie A since beating Atalanta 2-1 on February 20.

Fiorentina suffered a fourth consecutive Serie A defeat. The Viola haven’t beaten Juve in Turin in the top flight since a 3-2 result in 2008, followed by two draws and five losses. However, they did win a Coppa Italia semi-final here last month, becoming the only side since Bayern Munich in April 2013 to conquer the Juventus Stadium in all competition.

Gonzalo Rodriguez matched his personal best with his sixth goal of the season, equalling the tally from 2012-13. He was the first Fiorentina player to successfully convert a penalty in Serie A this season, but also missed their fifth in six attempts. Josip Ilicic hadn’t scored in the League since October 26 against Milan.

Lazio got back to winning ways after one point from two rounds. Parma have lost their last six consecutive visits to the Stadio Olimpico between Serie A and Coppa Italia. However, the Aquile hadn’t done the League ‘double’ over Parma since 1998-99.

The Biancocelesti scored three goals in the opening 16 minutes, something they hadn’t achieved since 1994-95.

Marco Parolo matched his personal best of eight goals, set last season with the Parma jersey on his back. Miroslav Klose has scored 12 times in Serie A this term, nine of them at the Stadio Olimpico. Keita Balde Diao hadn’t found the net in the top flight since Lazio 3-3 Verona on May 5 2014.

Parma are mathematically relegated after six seasons in Serie A. It is their third demotion in 24 top flight campaigns.

Milan have 43 points after 33 rounds, their worst tally since 1996-97. They hadn’t picked up only 10 wins by this stage of the tournament since 1957-58, when the team had nine. The Rossoneri suffered five home defeats, their worst total since the relegation campaign in 1981-82.

Philippe Mexes has 16 Serie A goals, three for this season matching his personal best with Roma in 2006-07.

Milan and Sassuolo are the least disciplined sides in Serie A this term, earning nine red cards apiece.

Genoa hadn’t beaten the Rossoneri at San Siro since a 5-1 result in May 1958, followed by six draws and 18 defeats.

Andrea Bertolacci equalled his personal best of four goals set in 2012-13 and found the net for the second game running. M’Baye Niang never scored in Serie A for Milan, but this was his fifth since joining Genoa in January.

Genoa had failed to win any of their previous five games played without Diego Perotti this season, picking up three draws.

Sassuolo have just one point from the last four rounds. The Neroverdi have never beaten Roma, drawing two of their four Serie A meetings.

Roma went back to winning ways after two points from three games. Seydou Doumbia broke his Serie A duck at the eighth appearance, but it was his first shot on goal. Alessandro Florenzi went up to 13 career Serie A goals, four of them in the current campaign.

For only the second time in their last 15 games, the Giallorossi scored more than one goal. The other was against Cagliari.

Udinese have just five wins in the last 28 rounds, drawing 11 and losing 12. Di Natale has put eight goals past Inter, five of them at the Stadio Friuli. Maurizio Domizzi marked his 200th appearance for the club with a red card. It was his second dismissal of the campaign, the other being against Milan in November.

The Friulani are the only side in the top five European Leagues who haven’t been awarded a single penalty this season. However, they’ve given away nine – more than any other club in Serie A.

Inter have won five of their last seven trips to Udine, including last season. The Nerazzurri extended their unbeaten run to five rounds, their joint best streak of the campaign.

Lukas Podolski broke his Serie A duck at the 13th appearance. Mauro Icardi has 18 Serie A goals this term, two in as many games and netted in five of the last six away fixtures.

Cesena’s winless run now stands at five draws and three defeats. The Sea Horses have never beaten Atalanta in the top flight, managing three points from 10 encounters, home and away.

Franco Brienza has scored 39 Serie A career goals, seven of them this season, while it was Carlos Carbonero’s third – two in as many games.

Mauricio Pinilla has found the net five times this season, but three of them were with overhead kicks. His career tally in Serie A now stands at 40 and Cesena are his favourite victims on seven.

Chievo have just one defeat in the last nine rounds, along with four wins and as many stalemates. Riccardo Meggiorini went up to 14 Serie A goals, four of them this season putting him one shy of his personal best with Bari in 2009-10.

Cagliari lost 10 of the last 13 games, winning only once. The Sardinians haven’t kept a clean sheet in 18 rounds, conceding a grand total of 37 goals in that period. The Rossoblu have never won away to Chievo in Serie A, scraping six draws from 10 attempts.

Palermo hadn’t shared the spoils since a 0-0 at Cesena on March 8, followed by two wins and four defeats. Roberto Vitiello’s only other Serie A goal was in Roma 1-1 Siena on September 2 2011. Luca Rigoni has seven goals this term and Torino become his favourite career victims with three.

Torino have lost only twice in the last 20 rounds, falling to Udinese and Lazio along with nine wins and nine draws. The Granata haven’t conquered Palermo since a 1-0 result in 1962, managing just three draws from 10 visits between Serie A and B.

Sampdoria extended their winless streak to three draw and two losses. Verona only ever won once in 27 visits to Marassi between Serie A and B, drawing nine and losing 17. Lorenzo De Silvestri set a new personal best with his third goal of the campaign, nine in his Serie A career. Verona are unbeaten in three rounds, amassing seven points.

Luca Toni got his 147th Serie A goal, matching Omar Sivori in the all-time charts. It was his 18th of the season, three in the last two games. Toni has been responsible for 12 of Verona’s last 18 Serie A strikes.

There were 32 goals in Week 33, an average of 3.2 per game. In the last two rounds there have been 67 strikes in 20 matches.

This season there have been 100 Serie A penalties awarded, but only 72 were converted, as 22 saved, four off target and two on the woodwork.

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