Tuesday May 12 2015
Serie A Week 35: Did You Know?

A record-breaking round for the top flight, Empoli supersub, penalty surprises and Hernanes' revenge in Susy Campanale's stats round-up.

There were 42 goals in Week 35, a new record for the current campaign. It is also the first time since Serie A went to 20 teams in 2004-05 that every side was on target.

Paul Pogba set a new personal best with his eighth goal of the season and hadn’t scored in Serie A since a 1-0 over Sassuolo on March 9.

Juventus extended their unbeaten home record in Serie A to 46 games – only five of which were draws. They also found the net in 49 fixtures here, scoring 111 goals.

Cagliari have only lost one of the last four rounds, winning two and drawing one. The Sardinians enjoyed just two victories in 25 top flight trips to Juventus (2-1 in 1968 and 3-2 in 2009) along with 14 stalemates and 19 losses.

Luca Rossettini has scored four career Serie A goals and half of them were against Juventus.

Milan got back to winning ways after two points from five rounds. Above all, they prevented four straight defeats for the first time since April 1986. The Rossoneri hadn’t beaten Roma, home or away, in five attempts.

Marco van Ginkel broke his Serie A duck at the 14th appearance. His last League goal was in Vitesse 3-1 Willem back on April 28 2013. Mattia Destro took his career tally to 42 Serie A goals, eight of them this season, but he had fired blanks for the previous seven rounds.

Roma have only lost two of their last 16 away games in all competition and both were at San Siro, as they also fell 2-1 here to Inter, along with seven wins and as many draws.

Francesco Totti scored his 242nd Serie A goal, but above all converted his 68th penalty – matching the tally set by all-time record holder Roberto Baggio. Totti has put 11 goals past Milan in all competition, eight of them at the Stadio Meazza. The captain now has 298 official goals in a Roma jersey.

The Derby della Scala had never previously ended in a Serie A draw with three Chievo wins and two for Hellas. Alberto Paloschi also netted against Verona earlier this season, while Sergio Pellissier went up to 92 in his top flight career.

The Flying Donkeys conceded after 232 minutes of football, but extended their unbeaten run to six rounds – the club’s best top flight streak since February 2011.

Verona have just two points from three rounds. Juanito Gomez Taleb matched his personal best of five Serie A goals, set last season.

Luca Toni went up to 148 Serie A goals, leapfrogging Omar Sivori in the all-time charts. He has put 10 career strikes past Chievo, who become his favourite targets along with Parma. Toni is the top scorer of 2015 with 14 goals in this calendar year.

Cesena suffered their fifth relegation into Serie B. The Sea Horses are winless in the last 10 rounds, losing half of those. Cesena have never beaten Sassuolo between Interregionale, Serie B and Serie A, celebrating only four draws and four defeats.

Franco Brienza has scored eight goals this season (all of them in 2015), his best Serie A campaign since Reggina in 2007-08, and now has 40 in his career. Mimmo Di Carlo marked his 200th Serie A game as a Coach.

Sassuolo got back to winning ways after two stalemates from five rounds. Simone Zaza matched last season’s personal best of nine Serie A goals, but it was his fourth past favourite victims Cesena.

Saphir Taider equalled his personal best of three goals set with Bologna in 2012-13. Simone Missiroli has netted half of his career total eight Serie A strikes this term.

Palermo have only two wins from the last 12 games, including six defeats. Atalanta had also conquered the Stadio Barbera with a 2-1 result in 2013. Franco Vazquez put three of his total eight goals past the Orobici this season, bagging a brace in Bergamo. Luca Rigoni got his 18th top flight goal.

Atalanta extended their positive run to two wins and four stalemates, but this was their first away victory since 1-0 at Milan on January 18. Daniele Baselli broke his Serie A duck at the 48th appearance.

For the second time this season, Udinese have lost two in a row on home turf. They’ve won just one of the last five fixtures at the Stadio Friuli, losing three.

Antonio Di Natale scored his 207th Serie A goal, just nine behind Jose Altafini in the all-time charts, and found the net in each of his last three games. Di Natale has put 17 career goals past favourite targets Sampdoria.

Udinese finally received their first penalty of the season after 35 rounds and 12 months. Their last spot-kick was against Livorno on May 4 2014.

Significantly more penalties have been missed in Serie A this season than any of the other top five Leagues. Of 107 awarded, 31 failed to find the net. That’s compared to Ligue 1, who missed 26 out of 123, and La Liga with 23 errors from 106 attempts.

Sampdoria ended their negative streak of three draws from six rounds. The Blucerchiati’s last victory in Udine was 3-2 back in 2010, followed by one point from three attempts. Roberto Soriano has put three of his nine career goals past Sampdoria, while this was his second brace.

Afriyie Acquah got only his second Serie A goal in 92 games. The other was on February 2 2014 in Roma 4-2 Parma.

Empoli haven’t won the Derby di Toscana since a 2-1 Serie A result in 1997, followed by three draws and 10 defeats in all competition. The Stadio Castellani side’s unbeaten home run ended after three wins and two stalemates.

Levan Mchedlidze has scored two goals this season, both within a minute of coming off the bench.

Fiorentina had scraped just two points from their previous five away fixtures in all competition. Josip Ilicic enjoyed his third Serie A career brace, going up to 30 goals. The Slovenian has found the net five times in the last three games, having scored only once in the previous 19.

Parma’s run of three consecutive home victories came to an end, but the unbeaten streak did not. Raffaele Palladino has scored 21 Serie A goals, three of them past his hometown club and favourite targets Napoli.

Cristobal Jorquera got his third Serie A strike and two of them were against Napoli. His last top flight goal was in Bologna 3-2 Genoa on April 29 2012.

Napoli picked up just one point from their last two Serie A away fixtures. Manolo Gabbiadini has reached parity, scoring half his 14 goals for Napoli and half for Sampdoria. He found the net for the second game running.

Lazio have only one victory in the last five rounds, a 4-0 over Parma interrupting two draws and as many losses. The Aquile hadn’t lost at the Stadio Olimpico since February 9 against Genoa, winning five and drawing two in all competition.

Antonio Candreva has scored eight of this season’s nine goals at the Stadio Olimpico.

The last time Lazio had two players sent off in a single game was Fiorentina 2-0 Lazio on October 28 2012, when Cristian Ledesma and Hernanes saw red.

Inter had lost their previous four visits to Lazio on the bounce since a 2-0 win in 2010. Roberto Mancini’s men extended their positive streak to four wins and three draws. This was their third consecutive away victory, something the Nerazzurri hadn’t enjoyed since November 2012.

Hernanes took his Serie A tally to 40 goals with his third brace, the most recent for Lazio away to Chievo in 2012. The Prophet netted in both encounters with his former club, but bizarrely they were both played on May 10.

Etrit Berisha is the second substitute goalkeeper this season to save a penalty, as Genoa’s Eugenio Lamanna did it twice.

Lazio are the second best starters in Serie A, netting 10 goals in the opening 15 minutes. Only Palermo have been more prolific in that period with 12.

Genoa hadn’t beaten Torino, home or away, since a 3-2 result in Piedmont on May 24 2009, followed by three draws and two consecutive defeats. The last Marassi victory over the Granata was 3-0 in January 2009, making way for two stalemates.

The Grifone are the first side to score at least five goals on two different occasions this season.

Iago Falque scored six goals in his first 22 Serie A games, yet has found the net five times in his last seven appearances.

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