After Lazio’s 3-0 win over Novara on Monday night, Dave Taylor picks his Serie A Team of the Week.
Sebastien Frey [Genoa]
An intelligent performance and the only secure point in defence. Alert and twice blocked two almost certain goals by Nocerino, but a classy Ibra left him no chance with the penalty, as did his defence for the second. Steadfast.
Mauricio Isla [Udinese]
The Chilean wing-back scored the winner from a lightning counter-attack with ruthless and cool efficiency. Played deeper than usual and constantly dominated Alvarez and Chivu to score his third of the season. Persistent.
Guillermo Rodriguez [Cesena]
A resolute performance and had done his homework on the Juve forwards, forcing Matri and Vucinic to be subbed. Such was his versatility when goalkeeper Antonioli was red-carded he took over but couldn't stop Vidal's penalty. Unflagging.
Alessandro Gamberini [Fiorentina]
A totally solid performance by the captain after his recent displays. Never gave the Roma forwards an inch and capped it all off with a well-headed goal, soaring above the defence like Socrates in his hey-day. Purposeful.
Sebastian Giovinco [Parma]
Shone though the fog like a lighthouse and illuminated the game with his brilliance. Caused trouble throughout the game with only Benussi and the post stopping him scoring at least twice. Incandescent.
Kevin-Prince Boateng [Milan]
Playing behind the front two he was inspiring. Made several dangerous runs and set up the winner with another as his perfectly executed pass left Nocerino with the simple task of slotting the ball home. Unstoppable.
Antonio Nocerino [Milan]
Was completely involved and always menacing. Frey foiled him twice with wonder saves, while he also hit the post twice and should have had a penalty. Eventually rewarded with a goal. Intrinsic.
Arturo Vidal [Juventus]
Played a massive hand in Marchisio's goal and was arguably Juve's most consistent player. Worked hard to set up several attacks and finally scored with a neatly struck but controversial penalty. Tenacious.
Stevan Jovetic [Fiorentina]
Outstanding and menaced the Roma defence throughout, twisting this way and that like a young Giancarlo Antognoni. Had several superb attempts on goal, including a stinger palmed away by Stekelenburg. Earned a penalty and converted it. Totemic.
Ezequiel Lavezzi [Napoli]
Pocho showed his full repertoire of tricks and perhaps should have scored another two. After opening the scoring, he set up Cavani for the fourth after once again dazzling the deluded Oddo. Inspiring.
Edinson Cavani [Napoli]
The Matador was imperious and scored twice, the first a superbly controlled lob over goalkeeper Benassi from the in-form Pandev's perfect pass. The second saw him in exactly the right place to score from Pocho's pinpoint pass. Exhilarating.
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