Inter’s draw against Torino left a Milan leader that now depends on itself to lift the ‘Scudetto’, while Napoli maintain second place and Juventus continue to press and lurk at the top of the table after their respective victories in this twenty-ninth round of Serie A.
Milan depends on itself
The ‘rossoneri’ team beat Empoli (1-0), not without their usual problems to close games, thanks to a goal by French defender Pierre Kalulu, who produced a great defensive performance and supported the team along with his couple in the rear, the English Fikayo Tomori, for much of the second half to secure the three points.
Due to the lack of aim and determination, Italian Stefano Pioli’s Milan are being forced to stand out on the defensive side, something that, for the moment, they are knowing how to manage maturely to get ahead in games and stay in first position .
Now, with this victory, the red and blacks are three points above Napoli and with four more than Inter, so they depend on themselves to lift the title that accredits them as champions of Serie A with nine games to go .
Napoli, in second place, decisively beat Hellas Verona (1-2) that was groping for European positions but, with this defeat, moved away from the fight between Atalanta, Lazio and Roma.
Alexis Sánchez saved Inter
The Chilean Alexis Sánchez rescued a point for Inter with a goal in added time after a bad game by the ‘neroazzurri’, who were subjected to a Torino (1-1) who went ahead in the 11th minute and saw how the referee did not point out a clear penalty in the 36th minute, against the Italian Andrea Bellotti, which has ignited the local press.
With this ‘prick’, Inter remains, with one game in hand, third with 59 points, four behind Milan and one behind Naples.
Juventus is still on the prowl
The ‘Vecchia Singnora’ has now gone 15 consecutive games without defeat in the domestic championship and, little by little, is catching up with the three contenders fighting for the ‘Scudetto’. This weekend, a brace from Álvaro Morata was enough to sentence Sampdoria (1-3) in a game in which the Turin team once again sowed doubts with their game.
With his mind set on the Champions League clash against Villarreal, Italian coach Massimiliano Allegri booked Serbian Dusan Vlahovic to bring on the always committed Moise Kean. The Italian, in fact, scored the first of the three goals of the night.
The fight for Europe is strong
The Champions League places, except for a big surprise, are already awarded. However, the contest to see which teams finally occupy the position of the Europa League and the Conference League is more than open.
Lazio took advantage of their opportunity against Venice (1-0) to storm fifth place in the Europa League, thanks to a solitary goal from the league’s ‘copocannonieri’, the Italian Ciro Immobile, who does not fail at key moments for the team .
The ‘giallorossi’, their Roman neighbors, saved a point against Udinese (1-1) thanks to a penalty in added time that helped the team led by the Portuguese José Mourinho to stay in Europe, but now in sixth place. Before, the Argentine Nahuel Molina scored a great goal from the edge of the area, the fifth in his private account, which put the team led by Gerard Deulofeu ahead.
Atalanta also drew (0-0), but they did so against a team that is desperately seeking salvation, such as Genoa, which continues its good run of seven games in a row scoring points, although they all ended in a draw, which adds up to a total of 16 games tied this season, a fact that makes Genoa the team that has signed the most matches in the five major leagues.
The return of Colombian Luis Muriel to the starting eleven was not enough for those from Bergamo, who fall to seventh position after Lazio’s victory against Venice.
Fiorentina, meanwhile, is getting closer to the fight after the narrow victory, thanks to a goal from the Uruguayan Lucas Torreira -which was the best of the ‘Viola’, again- against a Bologna that remains in the midfield of the board.
The descent, another important fight
Another matchday, Salernitana ends as the red lantern of the highest category, but in this case they got a draw against Sassuolo that brings them closer to Genoa. In addition, those from Salerno have two games less and are expected to recover Frenchman Frank Ribery.
Genoa, with their seventh consecutive draw, occupies the penultimate position, but the latest results obtained maintain hope for salvation.
In addition, Cagliari succumbed to Spezia, but remains afloat thanks to the defeat of Venice against Lazio, although the Venetians could catch up with Sardinia if they win the match that they have postponed.