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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