Emily Wilson·8 January 2023
Emily Wilson·8 January 2023
The Serie A title race continues to be a mouth-watering affair.
Here is what you need to know from the weekend action.
Scorers: Kalulu 30′, Pobega 77′; Ibañez 87′, Abraham 90+3′
A mouth-watering clash wrapped up Sunday’s action as Milan and Roma drew 2-2.
The first half was a tale of few chances as there were only had two shots on target both coming in favour of the hosts.
And it would take a bit of luck for the breakthrough when Pierre Kalulu’s header was too strong for goalkeeper Rui Patricio’s hands and trickled into the net.
Roma, meanwhile, struggled to respond as Tammy Abraham and Paulo Dybala were extremely quiet.
Tonali has 4 assists after the Kalulu goal. More than he had his previous two seasons combined at Milan. What a player
Milan continued to drive the game forward in the second half as Theo Hernández and Brahim Diaz pushed for a second.
The visitors, meanwhile, could not create anything worthwhile to get back into the game, and Tommaso Pobega finished off a late counter to double the lead.
However a lat surge from the visitors saw the points shared as Roger Ibañez pulled one back before Abraham’s header tied things in the 93rd minute.
The result means Milan drop to third behind Juventus and are seven points off Napoli while Roma are level with Lazio at fifth.
Scorer: Osimhen 19′, Elmas 82′ (P)
League leaders Napoli made the most of other slip-ups around Italy with a 2-0 victory over Sampdoria. They had to work for it, though, as the hosts proved to be a spirited group.
Matteo Politano saw an early penalty attempt hit off the post before other chances fell short. That was until the oh-so-lethal Victor Osimhen grabbed his 10th goal in 13 games to turn things 1-0.
3 - Victor Osimhen has become the second African player to score 10+ goals in three different #SerieA seasons, after George Weah with Milan (1995/96; 1996/97 and 1997/98). Running. #SampNapoli
Just before the break, the mountain became even bigger for Sampdoria to climb as Tomás Rincón was sent off following a challenge on Osimhen.
Yet even with the man advantage, Napoli struggled to add to their tally, which will be the one downside to the result. A late penalty eased any concerns of a potential draw which Eljif Elmas converted for 2-0.
Looking at the table, they hold a seven-point lead over Juventus while Sampdoria are 18th.
Scorers: Anderson 2′, Zaccagni 54′; Caputo 83′, Marin 90+3′
Fifth place Lazio looked like they would keep themselves in the title race as they hosted Empoli, but a late collapse saw things end 2-2.
Felipe Anderson opened the scoring within two minutes as his header blasted into the net from a corner before Mattia Zaccagni doubled the lead 10 minutes into the second half.
2 - Lazio have failed to win a match in which they had a 2+ goals margin in the last 10 minutes of play only for the second time in their Serie A history, after the game against Fiorentina on March 14th, 1943. Blackout. #LazioEmpoli
However, 13th-place Empoli proved to be a resolute bunch, and Francesco Caputo finished off a brilliant counter to turn things 2-1 with seven minutes to go.
Then in the dying moments, a long-range strike from Razvan Marin saw the teams split the points.
Looking at the table, Lazio are tied with Roma on fifth (three points off a Champions League spot).
Earlier this weekend, second-place Juventus left it late to beat Udinese 1-0 and maintain their strong run of form.
Inter, meanwhile, were another top club to collapse as Monza held the fourth-place side 2-2 thanks to a 93rd-minute equaliser.