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Monday December 11 2017
Wk16: Stalemate synchronicity

It was a weekend of dire draws, but some sides tried harder than others to break that deadlock, writes Susy Campanale.

This was an historic weekend, as Juventus, Napoli, Roma and Inter had not all played goalless draws in the same matchday since Week 17 of the 1965-66 campaign. I’d love to say it was not for want of trying, but that wouldn’t be entirely true. Some tried considerably harder than others.

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Sunday December 10 2017
Liveblog: Serie A Super Sunday

Join us for all the build-up and action from today’s Serie A games, including Chievo-Roma, Napoli-Fiorentina and Milan-Bologna.

If you are on a mobile device or tablet, then follow the Liveblog HERE.

We begin at the Stadio Bentegodi at 11.30 GMT when Roma pay a visit to the Flying Donkeys, eager to ride on the wave of their Champions League progress and close the gap on the leaders.

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Sunday December 10 2017
Pecchia anger at late Verona capitulation

Fabio Pecchia admitted his ‘anger’ after Verona’s late capitulation denied them a vital victory against SPAL.

Heading into the final five minutes in Ferrara, the Scaligeri were two goals up and on course to move above their opponents and out of the relegation zone.

However, Alberto Paloschi’s goal gave the hosts hope before Mirco Antenucci netted a penalty to salvage a dramatic 2-2 draw for Leonardo Semplici’s side.

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Sunday December 10 2017
Semplici hails SPAL comeback

Leonardo Semplici praised the spirit of his SPAL players after they fought back late on to earn a point against Verona.

The Biancazzurri fell two goals behind against their relegation rivals but recovered to earn a dramatic draw thanks to late goals by Alberto Paloschi and Mirco Antenucci.

“Today, we again gave our opponents a bit of a head start,” Semplici admitted after the final whistle.

“The penalty broke the deadlock and it demoralised us.

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Sunday December 10 2017
SPAL comeback stuns Verona

SPAL wiped out a 2-0 deficit in the space of 120 seconds, fighting back late on to hold Hellas Verona in a 2-2 thriller.

The battle of the newly-promoted clubs proved to be a fascinating one, while SPAL sported special edition kits to mark the 110th anniversary of the side’s foundation.

Alessio Cerci earned and converted a penalty before Martin Caceres sprung the offside trap for an angled drive.

The Spallini fought back, unlucky to see Alberto Grassi hit the woodwork twice and a Sergio Floccari goal disallowed.

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Sunday December 10 2017
Serie A line-ups

Check all the confirmed line-ups for this afternoon’s Serie A games Napoli-Fiorentina, SPAL-Verona and Udinese-Benevento.

They kick off at 14.00 GMT, follow all the build-up and action as it happens on the LIVEBLOG.

Napoli-Fiorentina

Napoli: Reina; Hysaj, Albiol, Koulibaly, Mario Rui; Allan, Jorginho, Hamsik; Callejon, Mertens, Zielinski

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Sunday December 10 2017
Pecchia: ‘Now is the time’

Verona Coach Fabio Pecchia says ‘now is the time’ for his side to seize the moment as they prepare to face SPAL.

The Scaligeri are second-bottom of Serie A as they travel to face their relegation rivals, who are a point and a place above them.

Speaking ahead of the clash in Ferrara, the Hellas tactician pointed out that today’s opponents have not altered their formation since the two teams met in Serie B last season.

“Regardless of the opposition, we play every match to get points,” Pecchia commented.

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Sunday December 10 2017
‘Next matches important’ – Semplici

Leonardo Semplici says SPAL’s next two Serie A matches could be vital in determining their season.

The Biancazzurri play host to relegation rivals Verona this afternoon, before next week travelling to face bottom side Benevento.

And speaking ahead of the meeting with the Scaligeri, the Ferrara club’s Coach admitted Fabio Pecchia’s team would not provide easy opponents.

“Benevento and Veronawill be two important matches,” Semplici began.

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Saturday December 9 2017
SPAL unveil 110th birthday shirt

SPAL are celebrating their 110th birthday this week and will wear a special jersey against Verona harking back to its 1950s iteration.

This has been an extraordinary year for the club from Ferrara, who earned promotion into Serie A for the first time in almost 60 years.

They are therefore eager to mark the occasion of the 110th anniversary of their foundation and also the last time they were in the top flight.

SPAL and kit sponsors Macron unveiled a new special edition jersey that is similar to that worn in the 1950s.

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Thursday December 7 2017
Valeri to referee Juventus-Inter

Paolo Valeri has been announced as the referee for Saturday’s Derby d’Italia between Juventus and Inter.

The Nerazzurri lead Serie A after their 5-0 thrashing of Chievo last weekend, but have Napoli just a point behind them.

Juve, meanwhile, are a point behind that and will go top of the table, at least temporarily, if they win in Turin this weekend.

Today the AIA has announced the referees for Week 16, and Valeri has been assigned to the game at Juventus Stadium.

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