Italian Serie A ’18-19 – Highlights: Juventus Winning Run Ended Despite Ronaldo’s Strike

These are the first three matches of of Serie A, Match Day 9 of 38. The highlights are appended below the points table.

Italian Serie A ’18-19 – Highlights: Atalanta Off To A Flying Start

Rank Name Won Draw Lost Points
1 Juventus 8 1 0 25
2 Napoli 7 0 2 21
3 Inter Milan 5 1 2 16
4 Lazio 5 0 3 15
5 Sampdoria 4 2 2 14
6 Roma 4 2 3 14
7 Fiorentina 4 1 3 13
8 Sassuolo 4 1 3 13
9 Parma 4 1 3 13
10 Genoa 4 1 3 13

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Serie A 2018-19 – Full Schedule

Serie A – Match 1 of 10: Roma vs SPAL

Result: 0 – 2

Goal Scorers:

  • SPAL: Petagna 38′ (P), Bonifazi 56

Match Statistics:

Roma Team Stats SPAL
18 Shots 6
8 Shots On Target 5
63% Possession 37%
555 Passes 322
85% Pass Accuracy 71%
18 Fouls 7
3 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 1
2 Offsides 2
8 Corners 9


Serie A

  • Roma’s progressive run of 4 wins in succession went to a dramatic stop, beaten 2-0 at home by 10-man SPAL, who hadn’t won here since 1965.
  • The Giallorossi went into the break for international matches, with four back to back triumphs in all opposition, yet SPAL had lost four on the bob.
  • The main past SPAL triumph here in the best flight was 2-0 back in September 1965, around six draws and nine annihilations.

  • Vanja Milinkovic-Savic, the more youthful sibling of Lazio midfielder Sergej, got an unexpected beginning in goal and was kept occupied early entryways by Stephan El Shaarawy and an Edin Dzeko depiction, at that point the two joined to send the Bosnian clear, yet the goalkeeper stood out a leg to repel one-on-one.
  • Be that as it may, Manuel Lazzari transformed on the turbo and flooded into the container, so any Luca Pellegrini contact would have been sufficient to thump him down. Andrea Petagna changed over low into the close base corner to give SPAL the unexpected lead from the spot.

  • Dzeko missed a sitter after the restart, goading El Shaarawy’s help wide from short proximity, however minutes after the fact SPAL multiplied their lead with Kevin Bonifazi’s header from a Mirko Valdifiori corner. It was the first run through this season in Serie A that Roma had yielded from a set play or the Spallini had scored with a header, also Torino-claimed Bonifazi’s presentation top flight goal.
  • It was right around 3-0 on 63 minutes, as Robin Olsen fingertipped a great Petagna dismiss and volley from the far best corner. Vanja Milinkovic-Savic did likewise, his frantic spare pushing a Lorenzo Pellegrini strike on to the crossbar.

  • Risk Coric went ahead for his Roma debut, however similarly as SPAL looked in complete control of the circumstance, goalkeeper Milinkovic-Savic got himself sent off in the most moronic of conditions. He was reserved for time-squandering, at that point passionately challenged the choice and diverted the extra ball from the contribute angry form, prompting a second yellow quickly.
  • Indeed, even with SPAL down to 10 men, Roma attempted to make any threat, with two Dzeko headers directly at substitute goalkeeper Alfred Gomis. In stoppages, Ivan Marcano was not able tap in a corner at the back post on account of a urgent Thiago Cionek square.

  • In the event that anything, Olsen needed to stop Petagna making it 3-0 on the counter after Javier Pastore was gotten under pressure.


Serie A – Match 2 of 10: Juventus vs Genoa

Result: 1 – 1

Goal Scorers:

  • Juventus: Cristiano Ronaldo 18′
  • Genoa: Daniel Bessa 67′

Match Statistics:

Juventus Team Stats Genoa
21 Shots 9
3 Shots On Target 2
64% Possession 36%
617 Passes 354
86% Pass Accuracy 74%
10 Fouls 15
1 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
1 Offsides 2
8 Corners 2


Serie A

  • Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal was insufficient, as Juventus were found snoozing for Daniel Bessa’s equalizer and Ivan Juric’s Genoa end their ideal begin.
  • The Bianconeri came back from the break for international matches searching an eleventh win out of 11, yet Genoa made their ‘debut’ under new Coach Ivan Juric in his third stretch at the club. He supplanted Davide Ballardini, who thus had ventured in for Juric back in November 2017, and moved to a 3-5-2 arrangement with 20-year-old Argentine Cristian Romero an unexpected pick.

  • Leonardo Bonucci was given the skipper’s armband out of the blue since his arrival from Milan. The Curva Sud was closed as discipline for bigot serenades amid the Napoli amusement, so Juve were offered consent to fill it with children from nearby youth institutes.
  • Juve are unbeaten in this installation since a 1-0 result in January 1991, chosen by Tomas Skuhravy, trailed by 15 wins and three draws between Serie An and the Coppa Italia. Genoa had not scored in their last six outings to Turin.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo was unfortunate not to open the scoring following 13 minutes when his header on Juan Cuadrado’s cross pounded the upright, at that point his aerobatic endeavor on the bounce back went over.
  • Definitely, it was CR7 who broke the stop. Joao Cancelo spilled down the left and saw his shot redirected to the back post, where an absence of Genoa correspondence enabled Ronaldo to tap in from point-clear range.
  • It was almost 2-0 on a moved Cuadrado help, yet Ronaldo constrained Ionut Radu into a low spare at the close post, and whatever remains of the half was a Bianconeri monolog.
  • There was just a half-chance from Genoa, as Pedro Pereira spilled past Alex Sandro just for Romulo to impact over.

  • Straight after the restart, Mario Mandzukic did not get spotless contact to an intense Alex Sandro low cross, yet Krzysztof Piatek required only a half-opportunity to make inconvenience, his depiction from separation after a Medhi Benatia slip driving individual Polish worldwide Wojciech Szczesny to palm it round the base of the close post.
  • Piatek at that point turned a header only wide of the far post, as Genoa began to get once more into the match.
  • It satisfied after an inquisitive episode, as everybody was sitting tight for the ball to go out for a Genoa corner, yet it skiped at stake and took an odd swerve back inwards.

  • Christian Kouame exploited by whipping in the cross and discovered Daniel Bessa for a free header, as Bonucci was found resting. It was the main goal Genoa had scored here since January 2013.
  • Juve were shaken out of their untimely sleep and battled back, Ronaldo’s transcending header off target, Pjanic and substitute Paulo Dybala penetrating wide, at that point Mandzukic’s header trying Radu.


Serie A – Match 3 of 10: Udinese vs Napoli

Result: 0 – 3

Goal Scorers:

  • Napoli: Fabian Ruiz Pena 14′, Dries Mertens 82′ (P), Marko Rog 85′

Match Statistics:

Udinese Team Stats Napoli
11 Shots 14
5 Shots On Target 4
39% Possession 61%
422 Passes 654
79% Pass Accuracy 85%
12 Fouls 11
3 Yellow Cards 4
0 Red Cards 0
1 Offsides 2
3 Corners 5


Serie A

  • Fabian Ruiz and Marko Rog were included in the squad and both of them scored around Dries Mertens’ penalty, as Napoli commanded Udinese 3-0 and moved to inside four of Juventus.
  • The Partenopei kept on patching up their beginning XI, as Lorenzo Insigne, Adam Ounas, Amin Younes, Sebastiano Luperto, Faouzi Ghoulam and Vlad Chiriches passed up a great opportunity, so there was another association of Arkadiusz Milik and Dries Mertens. The Friulani had lost four on the ricochet and were compelled to manage without Emmanuel Badu, Svante Ingelsson, Giuseppe Pezzella and Darwin Machis.

  • It was the most noticeably awful conceivable begin for the guests, as Simone Verdi promptly limped off with a strong issue and must be supplanted by Fabian Ruiz.
  • Jose Callejon impacted over after an unpleasant Simone Scuffet pass out of resistance, yet Napoli led the pack with the man who needed to come on with no warm-up. Fabian got Seko Fofana under lock and key and twisted a right-foot shocker into the far best corner from the edge of the crate, a fine method to score his first Serie An objective.
  • Kevin Lasagna thought he had adjusted while jumping on a poor Raul Albiol blunder, yet previous Udinese goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis denied him with a low save on a great calculated drive.
  • Piotr Zielinski did not capitalize on his give-and-run with Allan, at that point Lasagna debilitated again from a dubious edge, while Mertens skipped between two safeguards to twist simply past the far corner.

  • Udinese likewise rolled out an improvement, in spite of the fact that this one gave off an impression of being strategic. Arkadiusz Milik ran a hazard on 37 minutes when he was reserved for a two-footed handle on Rodrigo De Paul and the ref saw it again on VAR, however chose a yellow was adequate.
  • Karnezis was blessed not to surrender the equalizer on the stroke of half-time, as Ignacio Pussetto first could not control with his chest, at that point fell and attempted to push it towards objective from point-clear range, however scraped it, enabling the goalkeeper to fold away the ball.
  • Lasagna had a comparative issue, as his first endeavor from five yards was avoided and Karnezis intrepidly covered the bounce back at his feet.

  • Kalidou Koulibaly coordinated his handle flawlessly to stop Lasagna benefitting as much as possible from a De Paul help, however self-satisfied Napoli were relatively talented a second by Samir. The safeguard appeared to be extremely befuddled when making a superfluous capture attempt on Piotr Zielinski’s cross and by one means or another terminating it on to the upright from five yards under no weight.
  • Pussetto played out an objective line freedom on Zielinski, however Callejon had just meandered offside in the development.

  • Napoli were granted a penalty for Opoku’s cumbersome dealing with offense to pursue a Callejon shot and after a long sit tight for VAR keeps an eye on a conceivable offside position, Mertens unquestionably changed over to twofold their lead.
  • Marko Rog fell off the seat and inside a moment had made it 3-0, his strike avoided into the close base corner past Scuffet’s fingertips.

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