Samir Handanovic has saved 22 Serie A penalties, only two off Gianluca Pagliuca’s all-time record of 24. However, 27 of the 60 spot-kicks he faced were not converted, as two hit the crossbar and three were off target.
Lazio were without a League victory in seven rounds. Roberto Mancini had never previously lost to Lazio as a Coach, while Stefano Pioli beat the tactician for the first time.
Inter conceded on home turf in only two games this season, both of them defeats to Fiorentina (1-4) and Lazio (1-2). Mauro Icardi found the net in two consecutive Serie A matches for the first time this season. Rodrigo Palacio made his 200th Serie A appearance.
Felipe Melo has been sent off twice in his last six League games and now has eight in 99 career Serie A matches.
Juventus registered a seventh straight League win, a new personal best for Max Allegri’s career. The Bianconeri amassed 81 Serie A points in 2015, more than any other club, followed by Fiorentina’s 75, Napoli 71 and Inter 70. The Viola were the most prolific in this calendar year with 73 goals.
Mario Mandzukic got his maiden brace for Juve and for the first time found the net in two consecutive Serie A games. The Croatian has scored five times in the last six rounds.
Marco Borriello has netted four and provided three assists, contributing directly to almost half of all Carpi’s goals this season.
Juve were 10 points behind Inter in Week 6, trailing by one point in Week 17.
Napoli received their first penalties of the season and promptly missed one of them. Marek Hamsik’s last successful Serie A penalty was back in 2011 and he has now failed to convert nine. Hamsik hadn’t found the net in 1,392 minutes of Serie A football, the longest drought of his career, since facing Sassuolo on August 23.
Hamsik’s was the first penalty of the entire Serie A campaign to go off target.
Gonzalo Higuain’s goal was the first and so far only one headed in by the Partenopei, plus the first from a dead ball situation. The Argentine already has five braces this term. Jorginho received Napoli’s debut red card of the campaign, but it was the 10th for Atalanta, a season worst.
Higuain has 16 goals in the opening 17 Serie A rounds, the best tally at this stage since Luca Toni in 2005-06 and one shy of Gabriel Batistuta’s 17 in 1998-99, both for Fiorentina. In Serie A history only eight players have had a stronger start than Higuain and Antonio Valentin Angelillo holds the record with 22 goals in 1958-59.
Higuain is currently second in the Golden Boot charts for Europe’s top clubs, just behind Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on 18 goals. He has scored 51 goals in just 86 Serie A games.
For the first time this term, Atalanta suffered two defeats on the bounce. They hadn’t lost at home to Napoli since January 2010 and were unbeaten in three encounters, home and away. The Partenopei have scored only once in their last seven League first halves.
There have been only eight 0-0 draws in 169 Serie A games this season. Napoli and Carpi both participated in three of them.
Fiorentina are in the top three over Christmas for the first time since 1998-99.
Chievo have lost their last six visits to the Stadio Franchi, always conceding at least two goals. They’ve also lost their last seven competitive meetings with the Viola, home and away.
Alessandro Florenzi’s goal ended a 348-minute Roma goal drought in all competition. Genoa are his favourite victims, putting three goals past them. Umar Sadiq enjoyed his debut Serie A strike at the third appearance. Roma kept two consecutive League clean sheets for the first time this season.
Edin Dzeko received the first red card of his entire career.
Genoa have lost their last five official matches in a row. The Grifone haven’t won away to Roma since a 1-0 result in January 1990, followed by two points from 16 attempts.
Milan have now gone behind six times this season and never previously fought back to earn even a single point, but got the victory at the Matusa. They hadn’t scored four goals away from home in a single Serie A half since October 23 2011, a 4-3 success at Lecce.
The Rossoneri end 2015 with five Serie A away wins in 20 attempts, but kept only three clean sheets. They have three more points than at this stage last season. Carlos Bacca has scored eight goals with only 14 shots on target. Frosinone have lost four of their last five games.
Empoli set a new club record, for the first time in their history celebrating four consecutive Serie A victories and having 27 points at the Christmas break.
Massimo Maccarone has contributed to five of Empoli’s last seven goals, netting four with one assist. Piotr Zielinski assisted two Maccarone goals in as many games. Bologna had only ever lost once to Empoli in eight Serie A meetings, home and away, with one point from four visits to the Dall’Ara.
All five of the goals at the Stadio Dall’Ara were by Italian players, a record for the current campaign.
Vincenzo Montella finally got his first win on the Sampdoria bench and the Blucerchiati ended their seven-round winless streak in Serie A. Antonio Cassano provided his first top flight assist since November 2014 and that was also against Palermo.
Samp hadn’t beaten Palermo, home or away, since a 2-0 in Sicily in May 2008, managing five draws from 10 meetings. David Ivan scored his debut Serie A goal on the 12th appearance.
Udinese turned a corner, keeping a clean sheet to win after two consecutive defeats in which they had conceded seven goals. The Friulani hadn’t even scored in their last four visits to Torino, earning one draw.
Verona ended a run of four home defeats in a row and Luca Toni scored from open play after 662 minutes of football. Eusebio Di Francesco marked his 100th Serie A game as a Coach with 30 wins, 28 draws and 42 defeats. His debut was Lecce 1-2 Udinese on September 11 2011.
Hellas are without a victory after 17 Serie A rounds, matching the record set by Ascoli in 2006-07. In all four teams had just eight points at this stage and all of them were eventually relegated.
Sergio Floccari was on target for three consecutive Serie A games, a new personal record.
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