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Sunday December 4 2011
Serie A Wk14: Did You Know?

Susy Campanale rounds up the stats and facts from Week 14, including Javier Zanetti's first ever Serie A red card.

Udinese keep a clean sheet at San Siro in Serie A for the first time in 31 visits, in which they conceded 58 goals. The last time they emerged without conceding was a 1-0 victory on November 17, 1957. Inter were unbeaten in this fixture since a 2-1 loss on February 15 2004, followed by five wins and two stalemates.

The Friulani hadn’t scored on their travels between Serie A and Europa League for 494 minutes of football. Mauricio Isla’s third goal of the campaign sets a new personal best for the player whose career tally in Serie A is six. Only eight of the 18 penalties faced down by Samir Handanovic since the start of 2009-10 have been converted. Antonio Di Natale was unable to celebrate his 300th Serie A appearance with a goal.

Javier Zanetti received the first Serie A red card of his career in 551 games. It is only his second in 770 matches with the Inter jersey, the other being in the Coppa Italia against Parma on February 17 1999. The Nerazzurri have given away six penalties this season, more than any other club.

Fiorentina hadn’t been awarded a penalty for 27 rounds, since February 6 against Parma, and ended their 335-minute goal drought. Stevan Jovetic’s 14th Serie A goal was his sixth in the current campaign, matching his personal best from 2009-10. Alessandro Gamberini has scored five Serie A goals in his career – the last three of them against Roma. He also netted past the Giallorossi in 2007 and on March 20 2011.

Roma are without a goal in 216 minutes of football and with five dismissals match Genoa’s status as least-disciplined side. Simone Perrotta marked his 300th game in a Giallorossi jersey.

Claudio Marchisio’s 16th Serie A goal was his sixth of the current campaign, Arturo Vidal’s second. Juventus had not been awarded a penalty since May 9 against Chievo, but Cesena give away their fifth of the season. Alessandro Del Piero’s 500th League game in a Juve jersey brings together Serie A and B appearances. Cesena had kept a clean sheet for 376 minutes between Serie A and Coppa Italia. Their one and only victory in Turin was handed down by the disciplinary commission, 2-0 in 1987, along with eight defeats and four draws between A and B.

Genoa were unbeaten on home turf since Cagliari’s 1-0 result here on April 3, followed by 11 wins and two draws in all competition. Milan have won seven of the last eight Serie A rounds and drawn the other, keeping a clean sheet for 362 minutes of football. The Rossoneri’s last victory at Marassi was on August 26 2007, a 3-0 scoreline, picking up one point from their next three visits.

Antonio Nocerino’s 12th top flight goal was his fifth of the season, setting a new personal best. Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s 102nd Serie A goal was his ninth in the last eight games between Serie A and Champions League. Massimiliano Allegri celebrated the 100th win of his professional management career along with 72 draws and 73 losses.

Edinson Cavani has faced Lecce five times and scored five goals. Napoli end a month-long drought in which they picked up three points from four rounds and Walter Mazzarri marked his 100th Serie A victory. Blerim Dzemaili had only ever scored once before in Serie A, for Parma against Palermo in May. The Partenopei hadn’t scored three goals in the first half of a Serie A match since May 2009 against Chievo.

Lecce fell to a third consecutive defeat and have only ever conquered the San Paolo once, 4-2 in 1998, along with nine defeats and four draws between Serie A and B. At least they ended their away goal drought after 382 minutes of football. Eusebio Di Francesco’s 100th professional match of his management career saw his 42nd defeat as well as 25 draws and 33 wins. Luis Muriel broke his Serie A duck in his fifth appearance, while Daniele Corvia also scored against Napoli in their last meeting on May 8.

Catania hadn’t lost two Serie A home games on the trot since December 2009 against Milan and Livorno. This is the third defeat in the last four rounds. Cagliari had lost all four visits since their last win in Sicily, 1-0 on January 21 2007. The Sardinians ended their dismal run of four draws and as many losses in all competition since the most recent win, 2-0 at Lecce on October 2, giving Davide Ballardini his first victory since taking over. Victor Ibarbo got his debut Serie A strike.

Marco Di Vaio found the net for the second consecutive match, taking his career top flight tally to 135 goals, 200 as a professional in Italy. Siena have scraped just one point from the last four rounds and are without a Serie A away victory since beating Livorno 2-1 on February 28 2010, managing six defeats and seven draws.

Chievo and Atalanta have drawn their last four meetings at the Bentegodi in Serie A, but the visitors have never conquered the Bentegodi with four defeats in 10 attempts. The Flying Donkeys extend their clean sheet to 307 minutes between League and Coppa Italia. Atalanta failed to find the net for the first time in 14 away matches, having scored 23 goals between Serie A and B.

Palermo are still without a single goal on their travels, but pick up their second point in seven away games. Parma had been the only team left in Serie A without a draw this season, winning five and losing seven.

Have your say...
i remember there was great article about marchisio just before the season started.. article said something like. " is this marchisio's season " i must say soo far marchisio has been fantastic, and it is really good to see him scoring goal. i have always said marchisio has a number 9 finisher.. his goals vs Inter were magnificent.. i hope he can keep that up.. and My Juventus will hopefully Lift the 30th Serie A trophy. Forza Juventus.
on the 6th December, 2011 at 6:55pm

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