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Sunday April 21 2013
Serie A Week 33: Did You Know?

Juventus end Milan's unbeaten 2013, Javier Zanetti hits a new record and Davide Astori is an own goal addict as Susy Campanale sums up the curiosities from Week 33.

Milan suffered their first defeat of 2013 in the League after nine wins and five draws. The Rossoneri have amassed only two points from the last available nine, their worst streak since October.

Juventus have received 10 penalties this season, a record alongside Fiorentina and Cagliari. Arturo Vidal had gone without a goal for 15 rounds, but now has three in two games and with eight sets a new personal best for the season. The Chilean has converted five of his seven Serie A spot-kicks.

The Bianconeri registered a sixth consecutive victory for the first time this season. Juve kept a 16th clean sheet and have earned an extra 23 points by improving their results in the second half.

Edinson Cavani celebrated his 100th Serie A game for Napoli by netting his 72nd League goal for the club. El Matador has 98 goals for the Azzurri in 134 appearances in all competition. Lorenzo Insigne netted his fifth of the campaign, four of them coming off the bench. The Partenopei are unbeaten on home turf in 2013 with six wins and two stalemates.

Davide Astori has now scored four Serie A own goals since 2009-10, more than any other player during this period, and two this season. He also put through his own net at the San Paolo last year. The last two editions of Napoli-Cagliari have had a combined 14 goals, as it ended 6-3 last season. The Sardinians haven’t beaten Napoli since 2009, managing five defeats and three draws. Victor Ibarbo has scored eight Serie A goals, five of them this season, while Marco Sau went up to 12.

Javier Zanetti played his 1,100th game in all competition, putting him fourth in the world all-time charts behind Ray Clemence on 1,118, Roberto Carlos on 1,127 and Peter Shilton with 1,390.

Parma have now lost their last seven consecutive visits to Inter in the top flight, scoring four goals and conceding 20, winning only once in 22 attempts back in 1999. The Ducali have just 10 points from the last 14 rounds, managed two draws from their last seven away tests and are without a goal in 295 minutes of football. The Nerazzurri kept their third clean sheet in 18 games, but got a home win after one draw and three consecutive defeats. Tommaso Rocchi netted his 101st Serie A goal.

Antonio Di Natale has scored 12 goals against Lazio, but Roma remain his favourite victims with 13, while this was his 171st Serie A strike. Di Natale has found the net in each of the last eight editions of Udinese-Lazio, earning a total 10 goals. For the first time this season, the Friulani earned three wins on the trot. The Bianconeri lost just one of their last 19 Serie A home games, winning 11.

Lazio’s crisis continues with just one win and a draw from seven rounds, firing blanks in five of them, and a fifth away defeat on the bounce. With 12 points in the second half of the season, only Parma (10) and Pescara (2) have done worse. The Biancocelesti have managed just three draws and three consecutive defeats at the Friuli since a 4-2 win in April 2007.

Torino hadn’t conceded more than one goal in the first half this season before going 3-0 down in Florence. Giampiero Ventura’s men have just one point from the last four rounds. The Granata’s last top flight victory at the Stadio Franchi was 1-0 in 1976-77, although they did win 1-0 in the Coppa Italia in December 2008.

In their two games this season, Fiorentina and Torino scored a combined 11 goals. Toro hadn’t netted three in Tuscany since a 6-3 defeat in 1995, managing only three goals in the next seven trips between Serie A and B. Paulo Vitor Barreto scored his third goal in the last four rounds, while Mario Alberto Santana went up to 28 in his career and Alessio Cerci 18.

The Viola have scored more than anyone else in the second half of the campaign, netting 26 times. Juan Cuadrado’s fourth of the season is a new personal best, while Alberto Aquilani went up to 18 in his Serie A career. Adem Ljajic now has 11, the second in as many games, while Romulo’s only previous Serie A strike was against Inter in September.

Pescara had one point from the previous 13 rounds and eight consecutive defeats before holding Roma. They avoided becoming the first Serie A side since Padova in 1996 to lose nine in a row. Their record at the Olimpico is historically good, earning seven points from their last three visits. The Delfini had not scored in the opening 15 minutes until Gianluca Caprari’s strike today, while it was his second Serie A goal after netting against Sampdoria in September.

Mattia Destro has scored both Roma’s goals against Pescara this season, as he also found the net at the Adriatico. The Giallorossi have kept only two clean sheets in 19 games, conceding 31 goals. Roma drew two Serie A games in a row at home for the first time this season.

Catania match their all-time club record with 48 top flight points set last season and register a third draw on the trot. Palermo just about avoided a sixth consecutive Derby di Sicilia defeat at the Stadio Massimino, having scored two goals and conceded 14 here. Josip Ilicic found the net for the fourth week running and on nine for the campaign sets a new personal best. Pablo Barrientos got his ninth career Serie A goal, the fifth of the season a new personal best.

Atalanta hadn’t shared the spoils on their travels for 11 rounds, managing four wins and seven defeats, but are without a victory at Marassi since 1991, managing three points from seven attempts. Genoa have picked up just four points from the last eight games and registered a third consecutive home draw.

Antonio Floro Flores’ 38th Serie A goal was his first since Udinese against Genoa on May 6 2012. Francelino Matuzalem marked his 200th top flight match. Cristiano Del Grosso scored his third Serie A goal, where he hadn’t found the net since Siena 3-0 Cagliari on March 4 2012.

Sampdoria are without a top flight Dall’Ara victory since November 2003, but are unbeaten against Bologna – home and away – since a 3-0 here in March 2009, managing three home wins and three away draws. Four of the last five editions of Bologna-Sampdoria have been draws. Stefano Pioli’s men picked up a fourth consecutive stalemate, but the Coach has never beaten Sampdoria thanks to two defeats and three draws. The Blucerchiati have one win and seven draws from their last 15 away matches.

Alberto Gilardino’s 158th Serie A goal was also Bologna’s 3,000th in Serie A. Gianluca Sansone got his third career strike, the second of the campaign.

Chievo continued their excellent top flight record in Siena, earning five wins here, one draw and two defeats. Robur had been unbeaten in five rounds, losing just one of their previous six home games. However, Siena failed to find the net for the fourth consecutive home tie, firing blanks for 389 minutes of football here. Sergio Pellissier marked his 85th top flight goal and Siena are now his joint favourite targets with Lazio, as he put seven past them. 

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Have your say...
@Juvefanatico
I agree with you that Napoli shuold have taken the europa league much more seriously but whats wrong with getting into the champions league - every team wantts to be in it. Napoli would obviously give their all in the Champions league, so the argument Napoli shouldn't be in the UCL is weak because they wouldn't play anything like they did in the europa league. Napoli have also one of the biggest fanbases internationally and that could drive them in the UCL even more.
on the 25th April, 2013 at 3:57pm
@ Dario
First of, what you are saying is utter rubbish as you obviously took my remarks too personally. My opinion is that teams such as Napoli & Udinese are one of the biggest reasons why Serie A has lost a CL spot. You may disagree with my opinion but you can't disregard the facts. We all know Napoli could have reached at least the semis in the Europa league but chose not to play because to them it was more important to do well in Serie A. Obviously there is nothing wrong with wanting to do well in the league. However if you are going to EARN/DESERVE a spot in Europe it is imperative that the spot is not wasted the way Napoli did this year.
I personally couldn't care less about the names of clubs who qualify as they deserved it but what i do care about is that those who do qualify don't embarrass Italian football by losing to some unknown club from Ukraine or Russia.
on the 25th April, 2013 at 2:34am
@Juve Fanatico..nonsense! If Napoli get second they deserve CL more than Milan. Just because it's Milan & they have won the competition before why should they deserve it more? Milan are not good enough this year and have not been for years in Europe and Napoli are and so can do a better job then Milan or Inter. I bet if you had your way it would be only the milan clubs and Juve every year in the CL. All 3 teams are corrupt..what a fantastic way to show off the best of Italian football to Europe!
on the 24th April, 2013 at 8:51pm
Milan's tactics worked in the first-half, and Conte was clearly very angry, but we played much better in the second-half and were never in any danger of not winning. Vidal was immense yet again and is clearly one of the best midfielder's in the world. Marchisio was again very disappointing and I would not be aggrieved if we cashed in on him in the summer. The games against Bayern proved he is not strong enough at that level and Pogba has proved he is ready to take his place next season.
on the 24th April, 2013 at 6:41pm
@Juvefanatico
That performance from Napoli in the europa league i admit was very poor, eventhough they were a bit unlucky. But they only lost because their players didn't really give their all because they didnt treat the competition as a proper one. If they wanted to win against plzen, they would've but they wanted to get 2nd position more. Napoli have always had a reputation for doing well in the UCL but bad in the europa league
on the 23rd April, 2013 at 10:04pm
@Dario

I am not a Milan fan but feel that It would serve Italy and Italian football in general to have Milan in the CL rather than Napoli. I was frustrated with Napoli in the Europa league and feel that along with Udinese and some other clubs have hurt Italian football by playing in Europe.

As for the Milan vs Juve game, i felt Juve deserved the win even though it was a boring affair just like Napoli vs Milan. Too bad Balo wasn't there i think he could have made the match more exciting.
on the 23rd April, 2013 at 12:21pm
Where was Balotelli? oh ye another ban. Again he lets his team down after a good start and scoring some penalties. His unprofessional behaviour is unacceptable. If he had played against Napoli and Juve would the games have been better and would Milan be struggling for 3rd spot? Another bad expensive buy Milan! Let's hope Milan do Europa League or worse this year!
on the 22nd April, 2013 at 6:21pm
Juventus had a sub par performance but proved that defense can win games. The 3-5-1-1 sees Marchisio in a more attacking role but makes the midfield more compact with 4 holding mid fielders. These types of alterations is why Conte is a great tactician dealing with two inconsistent strikers,Matri and Quags. Personally Conte should have used the 3-5-1-1 it in the 1st leg of the Champions League QF vs Bayern. Milan played a tight game, Balotelli could have made the difference. Abate should play RM.
on the 22nd April, 2013 at 5:11pm
Last nights game, like the Milan vs Napoli match, was very disappointing. Once again, there was a severe lack of creativity & intensity. Milan were particularly impotent. Milan's 433 was ineffective in attack, & rather than just make a like for like sub,(with Bojan); Allegri should have made a tactical switch. Eg, He could have moved SES closer to Pazzini, as he was completely isolated, & smothered by the Juve rearguard.
on the 22nd April, 2013 at 10:19am
"Roma drew two Serie A games in a row for the first time this season." They beat Torino last weekend..?
on the 22nd April, 2013 at 9:49am
Milan did okay but looks like Allegri chose to tinker again moving Boateng into midfield. He did not do too badly there but I am now completely lost as to Allegri thinks his starting 11 is and I think Boateng no longer knows what position he plays. Allegri lost another head to head which means this season we've only beaten off form Juve and 10 man Lazio. Abate is a liability at full back and should move to midfield to become are more skillful version of Gattuso.
on the 22nd April, 2013 at 9:31am
Hey susy! Great job as usual. Im just wondering where you get all these stats and facts from?? Plz answer :)
on the 22nd April, 2013 at 9:14am
Safe to say ll'Capitano will make 2nd on the all-time list...FORZA ZANETTI , a true Professional and Inter Legend !!!
on the 22nd April, 2013 at 7:03am
Juve is a champion!!! Where are you Juve haters????????? Forza JUVE!!! Forza ANTONIO!!!
on the 22nd April, 2013 at 1:19am

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