2023/24 Serie A Roundup, Matchday 29: Napoli hold Inter to a draw whiles AC Milan triumph again

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Serie A Roundup, Matchday 29

The 29th set of matches in the 2023/24 Serie A season showcased thrilling games, surprising results, and impressive displays. Here is a summary of the weekend’s matches.

Empoli 0-1 Bologna

Bologna secured their seventh win in eight Serie A matches with Giovanni Fabbian scoring a last-minute goal to defeat Empoli 1-0. This victory marked their third consecutive away win, solidifying their position in the top four. On the other hand, Empoli has faced three consecutive 1-0 defeats, leaving them in 17th place in the Serie A standings, just one point above the relegation zone. Bologna, currently in fourth place, maintain a three-point lead over Roma.

Bologna players celebrate during the Serie A match between Empoli FC and Bologna FC at Stadio Carlo Castellani.
Bologna players celebrate during the Serie A match between Empoli FC and Bologna FC at Stadio Carlo Castellani.

Udinese 0-2 Torino

Torino broke a streak of four games without scoring on the road in impressive fashion, with Duván Zapata contributing a goal and an assist in a 2-0 Serie A win over Udinese at the Bluenergy Stadium. This victory prevented Udinese from securing back-to-back wins this season. Despite the win, Udinese delivered one of their weakest home performances in recent memory, leaving them just three points above the relegation zone at full time and casting doubt on their nearly 30-year tenure in Serie A. On the other hand, Torino’s comfortable win leaves them mid table, far away from any relegation concerns.

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Monza 1-0 Cagliari

AC Monza extended their surprising run in Europe by winning against Cagliari and securing their tenth position in the Serie A standings. The victory also helped them reduce the gap for European qualification to just five points. On the other hand, Cagliari suffered their first loss in five matches, leaving them in a precarious position just two points above the relegation zone as they prepare to face Hellas Verona.

Salernitana 0-1 Lecce

Lecce secured their third victory of the season, their first on the road, under the leadership of Luca Gotti in a 1-0 win against Salernitana, who are in 20th place. The team performed well throughout the match, but it was the goalkeeper’s six saves that ultimately earned them their first away win and clean sheet of the season. This victory was crucial as it now gives Lecce a four-point cushion above the relegation zone. On the other hand, with only nine games left, Salernitana is facing the threat of relegation.

Frosinone 2-3 Lazio

Lazio’s disappointing streak of four consecutive losses in all competitions came to an end when Taty Castellanos inspired them to a much-needed 3-2 win over Frosinone at the Stadio Benito Stirpe in Serie A. The Biancocelesti managed to secure three important points, moving up to ninth place and reigniting their push for European qualification. On the other hand, Frosinone’s quest for their first-ever competitive victory against Lazio continues after their sixth encounter, leaving them stuck in the bottom three with a winless streak of nine Serie A matches.

Lazio players celebrate during the Serie A match between Frosinone Calcio and SS Lazio at Stadio Benito Stirpe.
Lazio players celebrate during the Serie A match between Frosinone Calcio and SS Lazio at Stadio Benito Stirpe.

Juventus 0-0 Genoa

Dušan Vlahović was sent off towards the end as Juventus’ disappointing streak continued with a lackluster goalless draw at home against a determined Genoa team. This result means Juventus have only managed to secure one victory in their last eight Serie A matches. Despite the late red card, Genoa couldn’t capitalize but did display resilience to earn a point in an away match against Juventus for the first time since October 2018. Juventus, on the other hand, remain in third position behind AC Milan.

Dusan Vlahovic reacts as he receives a red card following his second yellow for dissent from the Referee Antonio Giua during the Serie A match between Juventus and Genoa at Allianz Stadium.
Dusan Vlahovic reacts as he receives a red card following his second yellow for dissent from the Referee Antonio Giua during the Serie A match between Juventus and Genoa at Allianz Stadium.

Verona 1-3 AC Milan

AC Milan achieved their seventh consecutive victory against Hellas Verona with a 3-1 win on the road, marking their fifth consecutive away win in the top flight for the first time since May 2022. This victory solidified Milan’s position in second place, as they comfortably secured three points. On the other hand, Verona’s situation is much more concerning, as they are now only two points above the relegation zone and are at risk of being demoted to Serie B.

AC Milan players celebrate during the Serie A match between Hellas Verona FC and AC Milan at Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi.
AC Milan players celebrate during the Serie A match between Hellas Verona FC and AC Milan at Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi.

AS Roma 1-0 Sassuolo

Lorenzo Pellegrini’s impressive individual effort secured Roma’s sixth victory in their last seven matches in all competitions at the Stadio Olimpico, as they narrowly defeated relegation-threatened Sassuolo 1-0. Despite a tense ending, Roma managed to hold on and move within three points of fourth-placed Bologna. On the other hand, Sassuolo continued their poor away form, suffering their eighth straight defeat on the road, which leaves them in the relegation zone heading into the March international break.

Lorenzo Pellegrini celebrates during the Serie A match between AS Roma and US Sassuolo Calcio at Stadio Olimpico.
Lorenzo Pellegrini celebrates during the Serie A match between AS Roma and US Sassuolo Calcio at Stadio Olimpico.

Inter 1-1 Napoli

Napoli, under the guidance of new manager Francesco Calzona, continued their impressive form in the league by securing a late draw against Serie A leaders Inter Milan, preventing Inter from achieving their 11th consecutive league victory. Despite Inter’s efforts to score a late winning goal, they were unsuccessful. Inter will face Empoli after the international break, while Napoli will host Atalanta at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. Napoli are now just two points behind Atalanta in the race for European qualification.

Inter Milan players celebrate during the Serie A match Inter Milan vs Napoli at San Siro Stadium.
Inter Milan players celebrate during the Serie A match Inter Milan vs Napoli at San Siro Stadium.

Atalanta vs Fiorentina was postponed.

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