Roberto Mancini approached the game against Frosinone with confidence and it certainly showed. Despite the first half setting off at a steady pace, Inter exhibited the same characteristics that had steered them to success in recent rounds. Solid at the back, yet arguably relying a little bit too much on Samir Handanovic, they soon grabbed that all important goal thanks to Jonathan Biabiany. The Nerazzurri piled on the pressure after half time and Mauro Icardi managed to bundle the ball over the line in a much needed goal for the Argentine. It was only the second time the Milanese had scored twice in a match all season but there was more to come. Mancini’s men sat back and played on the counter and late goals from Jesion Murillo and Marcelo Brozovic finished the game off in emphatic style.
Juventus’ third win in a row against Milan on Saturday night sees them go nine points off the top and the Old Lady is eventually starting to resemble her former self.
Paulo Dybala produced an incredible chest trap and volley which flew past Gianluigi Donnarumma in the Milan goal to win the match. The youngster was not too disappointed however, as he swapped shirts with his idol ‘Gigi’ Buffon, who was celebrating his Serie A debut 20 years ago, four years before the Diavolo ‘keeper was born.
Fiorentina bring a certain swagger to most matches, a distinct style and, some thought, a special team. Questions were asked however, as against Empoli in the Tuscan Derby they found themselves inexplicably two goals down after only 27 minutes, the second a thunderbolt by Marcel Buchel. This would test the resolve of the Viola who needed to respond in the second half. Their answer was swift. A double from in-form striker Nikola Kalinic, who came off the bench to score a twice in six minutes saved the Florentines’ blushes.
The early kick off on Sunday saw Napoli continue to impress, as they beat beleaguered Verona 0-2. Lorenzo Insigne scored one before assisting Gonzalo Higuain who continued with his impressive scoring rate. Hellas sit second from bottom and still are without a win so far this season.
There was controversy in Bologna as Roberto Donadoni continued his honeymoon with his new club. The game ended 2-2 in a match played out on a waterlogged pitch which arguably should have been stopped. To add insult to very near injury, the referee disallowed a perfectly good goal from Anthony Mounier and the awarding of three penalties in a game was borderline farcical.
There was drama too in Genoa, as two red cards and two late goals saw Sassuolo feel aggrieved come full time. Domenico Berardi and Diego Perotti had already seen red by the time Tomas Rincon’s wonder strike (his first in seven years) saw the Grifone take the lead. In the 94th minute however, Francesco Acerbi managed to grab an equaliser for the Neroverdi, what he thought was a late equaliser. The celebrations had hardly died down before ex-Sassuolo player Leonardo Pavoletti did the unthinkable, he scored, 95 minutes were on the clock and the home side walked away with three points.
Elsewhere, Alatanta’s unbeaten home run came to an end as they were beaten by visiting Torino. The Granata had wasted some opportunities before Cesare Bovo’s volley stole all three points. Vincenzo Montella’s first game of the Sampdoria bench was ruined as they went down 0-1 to Udinese. Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu managed to get a slightly fortunate effort to win the match for the Zebrette. Chievo secured an important win against Carpi but will be relieved with the points. The Flying Donkeys were exactly that as they went two goals up within an hour. Carpi pulled one back and threatened to equalise but their best efforts only found the woodwork. Davide Ballardini started life at Palermo with a 1-1 draw with his former club Lazio. The Roman side have not won a league game since beating Torino on October 25th.