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Sunday October 20 2013
Serie A Week 8: Did You Know?

Giuseppe Rossi's hat-trick ended a Florence curse, Roma matched Juventus legends and Sassuolo made history as Susy Campanale rounds up the Serie A stats.

Fiorentina hadn’t beaten Juventus at home in 15 years, since Gabriel Batistuta sealed a 1-0 win in December 1998, followed by seven draws and four losses. Their last goal was by Marco Marchionni in a 2-1 defeat in 2009-10.

This is the first time Antonio Conte’s Bianconeri have conceded four goals in a single game, as Juve’s last was 4-1 to Parma in January 2011. Vincenzo Montella had never got the better of Conte with two points from four encounters. Curiously, this was the first away match of the Serie A season in which Juve had scored before half-time. The Bianconeri hadn’t lost a top flight game after going 2-0 up since October 2009 against Napoli.

Joaquin got his debut Serie A strike, while Giuseppe Rossi had never previously managed a hat-trick in his professional career. Last season all of Paul Pogba’s League goals were in Turin, but this term both have been away. Juve were unbeaten in 10 in all competition (seven wins).

Roma became the only club other than Juventus to win the opening eight rounds, as the Turin giants did it in 1930-31, 1985-86 and 2005-06. In all three occasions, they went on to win the Scudetto (even if the 2006 edition was revoked in Calciopoli).

The last team to score at least twice in eight consecutive games was Udinese in 2009, when their streak was nine rounds. The Giallorossi hadn’t kept five clean sheets in a row for 10 years. Milan also conceded just one goal by Week 8 in 1993-94.

Napoli’s last League away defeat was also against Roma, 2-1 in May 2013. These teams haven’t drawn 0-0 since April 1995, followed by 21 Serie A meetings with at least a goal. The Partenopei had scored in their last seven visits in all competition for a total 12 goals since a 3-0 on January 28 2001. They failed to find the net after 44 goals in 17 consecutive Serie A games. Miralem Pjanic has already matched his personal best of three goals in a Serie A season, but it was his first brace.

Week 8 had 11 penalties, matching the record set on December 3 1950. Torino, Roma and Verona have received four spot-kicks this season, more than any other club.

Kaka had his first appearance for Milan at San Siro since a 2-3 defeat to Roma on May 24 2009. Valter Birsa has scored in each of his last two appearances for Milan, having previously netted two in 29 Serie A games.

Udinese have lost all four of their away games this season, but it’s the first time they’ve conceded fewer than two goals. Francesco Guidolin beat Max Allegri only once along with three draws and five losses. Both Milan and Udinese had found the net in their last 10 San Siro League meetings for a total 47 goals (30 for the Rossoneri, 17 the Friulani). The last home clean sheet in this fixture was 1-0 in November 2002. Udinese have not conquered San Siro in the League since a 3-2 result in May 2007, followed by five defeats and two draws. There was a 1-0 victory in the Coppa Italia in January 2010.

Torino still haven’t beaten Inter, home or away, since 1994 with five draws and 14 defeats. At least they ended the run of nine consecutive home losses. Fredy Guarin got his fifth Serie A goal, Rodrigo Palacio 52 (and his 11th brace), but it was Nicola Bellomo’s debut strike at the second appearance. Walter Mazzarri’s teams have conceded three goals on their travels just twice since April 2012 and both were against Torino.

Cagliari had not played at the Stadio Sant’Elia since April 1 2012, 2-0 over Atalanta, playing 29 official games elsewhere. On their odyssey around Italy, Cagliari picked up 13 wins, nine draws and seven losses. This result ended the Sardinian’s six-match winless streak and terminated Rolando Maran’s Catania career. The Elefantini’s only victory away to Cagliari was in August 2006 along with four losses and three stalemates. Victor Ibarbo has put three of his 11 career Serie A goals past Catania.

Atalanta notched up a third win on the bounce, something they hadn’t achieved since December 2012, and confirmed Lazio’s poor away record, earning one point from four trips in Serie A this season. The Orobici celebrated their 106th anniversary this week, as the club was founded on October 17 1907. The Aquile had won their last two visits to Bergamo with clean sheets, unbeaten here since a 3-0 in January 2010. German Denis or Luca Cigarini have contributed to nine of Atalanta’s 11 goals by scoring or providing assists. Cigarini hadn’t netted since October 2012, so this was his 13th top flight goal. Brayan Perea broke his Serie A duck.

Sassuolo had never previously won a Serie A match and achieved it in an Emilia-Romagna Derby. Domenico Berardi has scored two in as many games, while Antonio Floro Flores took his top flight career total to 41. Bologna are now the only side in the Division without a victory and have one win (2-0 over Parma) in 18 rounds, including eight defeats. Eusebio Di Francesco had never won a home fixture in the top flight, losing seven out of nine.

Hellas Verona maintained their 100 per cent record at the Bentegodi after four home games. Roberto Donadoni has never beaten Andrea Mandorlini with two draws and two defeats between Serie A and B. Verona-Parma has never ended in a top flight stalemate with four home wins and three away. Jorginho has found the net five times in the last four rounds. Despite being a full-back, Fabrizio Cacciatore has three goals this season, including two in the last two appearances. Antonio Cassano marked his 98th Serie A strike.

Genoa marked their second win of the season, the first under Gian Piero Gasperini. Chievo fell to a fourth consecutive defeat for the first time since their run of five in September 2010. The Flying Donkeys had notched up three straight Serie A victories at Marassi since a 1-0 result in February 2010. Simone Bentivoglio hadn’t scored in Serie A since May 7 2011, Palermo 2-1 Bari. Alberto Gilardino went up to 162 Serie A goals.

Sampdoria finally celebrated their first victory of the campaign, but extended Livorno’s winless streak to five rounds. The Blucerchiati had won in Tuscany only once, a Serie B result 46 years ago, along with five draws and five losses. Their last away victory was 2-1 at Juventus on January 6 2013, followed by seven draws and five defeats. Luca Siligardi scored his first top flight goal at the 17th appearance, while Eder went up to 18. Nicola Pozzi hadn’t scored since September 2012, this was his 26th goal.

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Have your say...
me-here, you are NOT! a Juve fan. Fans cry and lose sleep and appetite when when their teams lose. Juve gave away 3 points in the quest for the third consecutive scudetto butyou are missing the big picture: There are important injuries (Quagliarella, Lichtsteiner, Vucinic) and Juve is playing in the Champions, which is a huge money maker for Juve. Yesterday's match against Real Madrid should give you an idea of why the looked so weak against Fiorentina.
on the 24th October, 2013 at 2:53pm
Roma are doing amazing this season and we may be under our 3rd manager in 3 years, yeah omg, I was thinking the same but this time around the new manager, Rudi Garcia seems to actually know what he's doing. Guess his managerial tactics didn't come from playing Fifa or FM13 lol.

Really hoping it's our season and we win our 4th scudetto but it's way to early to say that but lets hope.
on the 23rd October, 2013 at 1:12pm
im happy as Juve fan. in fact, i hope we're lose with bigger margin. needs that to open every fool's eyes about our weaknesses. hope we lose again in ucl. so every single players, mgmt including that kid andrea agnelli could learn more.

ever since they kicked Alessandro Del Piero out from Turin, i've always waiting for these days to come.
on the 21st October, 2013 at 6:11am
Juve got first defeat from fiorentina it was shock and sad defeat.
on the 21st October, 2013 at 5:15am

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