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Serie A round-up: Inter earn crucial Serie A win as Juventus slips out of title race

The pressure is on in the Serie A title race with the outcome of the weekend’s games changing a few things in the top half.

Another round of matches in the Italian Serie A concluded this weekend and the quest to find the crownbearer in the title race keeps getting hotter with every passing matchday. On Sunday, Inter Milan made a significant stride in their title defense by securing a crucial 1-0 Derby d’Italia win at Juventus.

The win – which came as a result of Hakan Calhanoglu’s re-taken penalty in first-half stoppage time – marked a huge turning point for the Scudetto race in Serie A. Essentially, Juve’s chance of a last-ditch challenge was dashed as a result, with the Bianconeri now eight points adrift the tally of leaders AC Milan. With the outcome of Sunday’s game, Inter closed the gap between them and the Rossonerri to just three points and the latter had the chance to extend the difference by a further three ahead of their clash with Bologna on Monday.

However, that was far from the case for them as a frustrating night at San Siro saw them end the game with a 0-0 scoreline. At the moment, Stefano Pioli’s side is just a point above second-placed Napoli. The Partenopei were able to hold their own in their pursuit for the Scudetto by defeating Atalanta 3-1 in an away encounter on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma also kept the pressure on fourth-placed Juventus by winning 1-0 at Sampdoria. The Giallorossi are currently five points behind the Old Lady with seven games left of the season to play.

Who are the top three goalscorers in the Serie A?

  • Ciro Immobile (Lazio) – 21 goals
  • Dusan Vlahovic (Juventus) – 21 goals
  • Tammy Abraham (Roma) – 15 goals

Top headlines in Serie A

Juventus eyes move for Donarrumma: Juventus is still interested in signing Gigio Donnarumma, after declining to do so in the summer. The Azzurri’s number one departed AC Milan for PSG on a free transfer, and he might have gone to Turin instead, but the Bianconeri decided to keep their present number one. He has struggled to establish himself as the first choice in Paris because Keylor Navas continues to perform very well.

Three more Juve players interviewed in fraud investigations: Juan Cuadrado, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini are the latest Juventus players to be interviewed as part of an investigation into possible tax fraud committed by the club. According to Calciomercato.com, the Colombian winger was queried this morning regarding salaries that Juve players gave up in 2020 during the COVID pandemic. Investigators suspect players still got part of the money through private agreements with the club, which allegedly failed to report the transaction on their balance sheet or inform the competent authorities. Paulo Dybala, Federico Bernardeschi and Alex Sandro are among the few who have already spoken to the prosecutors.

Pioli marks 100th Serie A match at Milan with record: Stefano Pioli made his 100th Serie A appearance on the Milan bench in Monday night’s meeting with Bologna and has already achieved a club record in the three points for a win era. The Italian coach’s currently boasts of 60 wins, 22 draws and only 17 defeats, having scored 187 goals and conceded 107. He has accumulated 202 points in 99 league matches, making him the Milan coach with the highest average points in this competition during the three points for a win era.

Top matches to watch in Serie A this weekend

  • Inter vs Hellas Verona
  • Cagliari vs Juventus
  • Napoli vs Fiorentina
  • Sassuolo vs Atalanta
  • Torino vs AC Milan

 

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