Serie A Assessment: Breaking point
It would be easier to move the Colosseum out of Rome'(Luciano Spalletti on Francesco Totti leaving in 2007)Luciano Spalletti surely knew when he took the job that this moment would come. In fairness Francesco Totti also would have felt that his eternal career may not be that at all. It was the icon of Rome who fired first, demanding “respect and clarity’over his lack of playing time and his ‘Mister’ responded by sending him to the stands to watch.
(easy way to see fifa coins) Despite his undying love for the club, there must have been a sense of bitterness and disappointment felt by Francesco as his team ran riot over the visiting Sicilians.Whilst the crowd had been on their hero’s side, their attention (just like the masses in the Colosseum) was quickly turned to a more exciting and deadly act that was taking place. Edin Dzeko started and finished the rout with a brace that should have been a hat-trick, was it not for his appalling close range miss. Mohamed Salah also scored twice and Seydou Keita also got in on the action as the game ended 5-0.
The scoreline was as impressive as it was symbolic, a fifth consecutive Serie A victory and the future of Roma on show.Saying Juventus have been impressive of late is an understatement, as the 15 wins in 15 games had many crown them champions after their win against Napoli last week. They travelled to the Stadio Dall’Ara to face a Bologna side who under Roberto Donadoni are impressive, but still were thought to be no match for the Turin juggernaut.Both sides had their chances but the Rossoblu frustrated the away side and Max Allegri changed his tactics at half-time. Despite much huffing and puffing from both sides, the game ended goalless leaving Napoli a prime chance to recapture top spot when they faced Milan on Monday night.The San Paolo welcomed Milan in frenzied atmosphere that set the tone for the game. The pace of the match was electric as the noise echoed around the Bay of Naples when Lorenzo Insigne put the home side ahead.
Sinisa Mihajlovic’s men have been nothing if not resilient of late and this never say die attitude was on show again as ‘Jack’ Bonaventuravolleyed home on the far post after finding himself unmarked. The game ended in a draw and Napoli will rue wasting the chance to take advantage of the Old Lady’s slip up.Roberto Mancini has been having a torrid 2016 and he needed an instant response from his team against what in all truth has been a pitiful Sampdoria. The Nerazzurri did manage to steady the ship as goals from Danilo D’Ambrosio, Joao Miranda and Mauro Icardi left the Curva Nord in good voice. Jose Mourinho watched his former club send the Blucerchiati into free fall despite Vincenzo Montella’s men getting a late goal back courtesy of Fabio Quagliarella.The Derby della Scala allowed fans of Hellas to smile for only the second time this season as they beat arch rivals Chievo 3-1 on Saturday evening. There is nothing more pleasant in Italian football than seeing Luca Toni wheel away in his trade mark celebration and his goal was soon followed up by a Giampaolo Pazzini effort. The Flying Donkeys’ own veteran Sergio Pellissierthen converted a penalty, but Verona snatched one more at the end to win 3-1.Genoa recorded a much needed win against Udinese at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, as Mattia Perin had a moment to forget followed by a moment of redemption. He gifted the away side the lead when he failed to hold Ali Adnan’s tepid free kick, but breathed a sigh of relief when Genoa equalised through Alessio Cerci and then took the lead through Diego Laxalt. In the final moments the home side conceded a penalty, but it was Perin who saved from Antonio Di Natale, making up for his earlier error.With nine minutes to go in Bergamo, Fiorentina were in the lead by a single goal against a lacklustre Atalanta. When the final whistle went 13 minutes later the score was 2-3 to the Viola after a crazy smash and grab. Nikola Kalinicwill perhaps be the happiest as he looks to be regaining form, the win keeps Paulo Sousa’s men in the hunt for Champions League whilst the defeat will do nothing for Atalanta.Five goals were also shared at the Mapei Stadium as Sassuolo beat Empoli in an entertaining clash. The match had everything including two red cards, the Tuscans took the lead but were pegged back as Domenico Berardi struck a sensational volley. In the second half Gregoire Defrel scored two in two minutes, seemingly ending the game, but a penalty from Massimo Maccarone set up a tense finish.Finally, Frosinone and Lazio competed with Torino and Carpi for the honour of producing the dullest game of the weekend. Both ended goalless and a Vid Belec penalty save against the Garanta’s Maxi Lopez perhaps made this slightly more interesting.