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Sunday November 18 2012
Serie A Week 13: Did You Know?

An own goal rush, a flurry of red cards, Genoa's worst run in two decades, a rare Lazio result and Fiorentina club records are among the stats from Serie A Week 13 rounded up by Susy Campanale.

Cagliari defender Davide Astori has the unfortunate record of scoring the first own goal in Serie A this season, but was quickly followed by Genoa’s Cesare Bovo. Before this weekend, there had been no own goals in 122 matches.

Bologna-Palermo was the most violent match in Europe’s top five Leagues this season with four red cards. The last time this happened in Serie A was Parma 1-2 Napoli in April 2008. The last side to end a game with eight men was Roma in December 2011.

Sampdoria won the 105th Derby della Lanterna, their first since April 2010 when the Coach was current Genoa boss Gigi Del Neri. This result means the Grifone have lost six on the bounce, including all five games under Del Neri, for the first time since May 1992. The Blucerchiati ended their seven-round losing streak.

Andrea Poli and Mauro Icardi scored their debut Serie A goals. It was Poli’s 78th appearance, but the first start for 19-year-old Icardi.

Inter were held to their first domestic draw of the season after winning nine and losing three. Their last San Siro stalemate was 0-0 with Atalanta on March 18, followed by seven victories and two defeats. Rodrigo Palacio took his Serie A total to 40 goals and has now scored six goals in the last five official matches.

Cagliari have not won at San Siro since a 2-1 result in 1995, followed by 10 defeats and three draws. Marco Sau got his debut Serie A brace, taking his career total to four.

Juventus registered only their second goalless draw of the campaign after the September 25 trip to Florence. The Bianconeri hadn’t stalled 0-0 on home turf since Siena came here on February 5, while the last blank scoreline here against Lazio was on October 21 1990.

Lazio have not beaten the Bianconeri in Serie A, home or away, in their last 16 encounters, managing only five draws. Their last victory in Turin was on December 15 2002, a 2-1 result followed by six losses and three stalemates.

This was Lazio’s first 0-0 draw in 34 Serie A rounds, the most recent being against Chievo in December 2011. The Biancocelesti have not scored on their travels for 335 minutes between domestic and European competition.

Napoli are held to their second consecutive San Paolo stalemate, but with 27 points after 13 rounds this is their third best start to a campaign. It was only beaten by 29 points in 1988-89 and 30 points in 1987-88, with results translated to three points for a win. Gokhan Inler’s seventh Serie A goal was his first for the Partenopei, since Udinese won 2-1 at the San Paolo on April 17 2011. Lorenzo Insigne took his tally to three, including two in as many games.

Milan have won just one of their last five official outings. With 18 goals conceded after 13 rounds, it’s their worst defensive start since 1983 when the total was 21.

Stephan El Shaarawy’s 12th top flight goal was down to his second brace, the other being against Cagliari. The Little Pharaoh has scored half of Milan’s 20 goals this term and sets a new personal best after netting nine for Padova in Serie B, 2010-11. He has found the net 12 times this season in all competition between club and international duty.

Napoli have only beaten Milan twice in their last 18 encounters, home and away, along with eight draws and eight losses.

The Rossoneri have scored eight goals in the final 15 minutes of games, more than any other club this season. They also conceded seven from outside the area, a seasonal record. Christian Abbiati marked his 300th appearance in a Milan jersey.

Bologna had picked up one point from the last six rounds before rediscovering victory thanks to Alberto Gilardino’s 152nd Serie A strike. Manolo Gabbiadini got his second in the top flight, but it was Alessandro Diamanti’s 22nd on his 100th Serie A appearance.

Catania have won four of their last five home games. Chievo’s Serie A record in Sicily is of two wins, a draw and three defeats. Sergio Almiron has put five of his total 23 top flight goals past Chievo, who are his favourite targets. The Flying Donkeys have lost their last six consecutive away games. Marco Andreolli had only ever netted once in Serie A before this month, but has now scored twice in as many rounds.

Fiorentina match the club record of five consecutive Serie A victories set by Giuseppe Chiappella’s side in May 1966 and Cesare Prandelli in November 2004. The Viola have amassed six wins and five draws at the Stadio Franchi since a 2-1 defeat to Chievo in April. Gonzalo Rodriguez got his third goal of the season.

The last time Alberto Aquilani found the net in two consecutive Serie A games was in 2007-08 and he had never previously managed a brace. Luca Toni’s 105th Serie A goal allowed him to catch Pietro Anastasi in the all-time charts. Toni had scored his debut top flight strike against Atalanta in October 2000.

Atalanta’s streak ends after four wins and a draw. The Orobici have not conquered the Stadio Franchi since a 1-0 result in 1993, managing only seven defeats and as many stalemates between Serie A and B. Giacomo Bonaventura’s sixth goal was his third in as many games. Stefano Colantuono has never won in Florence with one point from five visits.

Siena extended their unbeaten run to three rounds and have never lost at home to Pescara in their nine meetings between Serie A, B and C, managing six wins and three draws. Francesco Valiani marked his fifth top flight goal. The Delfini have the worst attack (nine goals) and second-worst defence (24) behind Chievo on 25.

Pescara were finally awarded their first penalty of the season, but Ante Vukusic failed to convert it. Now every team in the Division has received at least one spot-kick.

Udinese have drawn their last four League games and with seven have more stalemates than any other side in Serie A this season. Antonio Di Natale marked his 161st Serie A goal, just two shy of Roberto Boninsegna in 15th place in the all-time charts. Roberto Pereyra had only ever netted once before in Serie A.

Parma have won only one of their last 11 visits to the Stadio Friuli, which included five defeats. Marco Marchionni took his tally to 24 Serie A goals, where he hadn’t found the net since Sampdoria 2-1 Fiorentina on October 17 2000. Raffaele Palladino also ended a drought that lasted since March 13 2011, Parma 1-3 Napoli, for his 15th strike.

Palladino’s effort was the 1000th Serie A goal in Parma’s history.

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