Roma recorded a crucial away win against Fiorentina to go to the top of the table after the end of Round 9 in Serie A. Napoli led by the irresistible Gonzalo Higuain continued their unbeaten run while Juventus and AC Milan recorded important victories. Ahead of the midweek fixtures, Roma have opened up a two point lead at the summit and Rudi Garcia’s men definitely were the big winners in an action packed weekend of football in Italy. Higuain continues his purple patch Gonzalo Higuain was recently labelled as ‘the best striker in the world’ by Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri and the manner in which he has started the current campaign suggests that this claim might have some substance. Napoli began the season slowly but soon turned things around with impressive wins over Lazio, Juventus, Milan and Fiorentina. Higuain has played an integral part in Napoli’s revival and is currently the top scorer with 7 goals. Apart from goals, the Argentine […]

Fredy Guarin scored the decisive goal as Inter Milan defeated AC Milan 1-0 on Sunday at the San Siro in the 215th Derby della Madonnina. Following a goalless first half, Guarin scored the winner in the 58th minute to decide the first Milan derby of this season. Mario Balotelli, making his second debut for Milan, entered as a substitute but could not find an equalizer despite making a positive impact. The victory maintained Inter’s perfect start to the campaign. Roberto Mancini’s side are the only team in Italy with a hundred percent record and top the table with nine points, two ahead of Chievo Verona. Milan, meanwhile, suffered their second loss in three matches and are currently 12th with three points. THT analyses few talking points from Inter’s win last night. Inter Milan are genuine title challengers Three games – three wins, Roberto Mancini couldn’t have asked for much more before the start of the season. After beating rivals Milan […]

Lazio emerged 4-2 winners in a pulsating game againstNapoli at the Stadio San Paolo in their key Serie Aclash on Sunday night. Marco Parolo and Antonio Candreva struck to put the visitors in a commanding position. Gonzalo Higuain scored twice in ten second half minutes while Parolo was dismissed for two bookable offences. Faouzi Ghoulam also saw red for the hosts and Higuain missed from the penalty spot. Ogenyi Onazi scored a late winner within seconds of coming on to secure and Miroslav Klose headed home in injury time. This was a last round showdown for third place and Champions League qualification, as the Partenopei needed a victory to leapfrog their opponents in the table. The Aquile feared their entire campaign falling apart in the final three weeks after losing the Coppa Italia Final to Juventus and a defeat to Roma putting second place beyond them. Miguel Angel Britos started his three-match ban for headbutting Alvaro Morata, joined by the […]

As Serie A prepares to shut up shop for summer, following another season of intrigue and excitement from Italy’s finest, THT comes up with our own Italian top-flight team of the season.Here is the XI of players who impressed us most, plus subs.Agree or disagree? Have your say… Marco Sportiello The 22-year-old has attracted attention from a number of European clubs after putting in some impressive performances for Atalanta this season. A youth product of Atalanta, Sportiello became the club’s first-choice goalkeeper this season. Sportiello has pulled off more than 100 saves and kept eight clean sheets in 37 league starts to ensure the Bergamo outfit remain above the drop zone.Atalanta have endured a tough season in the Serie A battling relegation and may have a tough time keeping the shot-stopper if the top sides in the league make their interest concrete. Silvan Widmer The 22 year old right back has been ever-present for Udinese this season, balancing out his […]

Lazio were beaten 2-1 by Roma in a dramatic Derby della Capitale at the Stadio Olimpico in Serie A on Monday evening. Three goals in 12 minutes gave Roma the win, first Juan Iturbe put the Giallorossi ahead on 73 minutes, but that strike was quickly cancelled out by Filip Djordjevic nine minutes later. However, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa restored the lead with just five minutes to play. As a result, Lazio travel to the Stadio San Paolo on the final day of the season knowing that a loss to Napoli will mean they miss out on Champions League football at the expense of the Partenopei. While Roma have secured second place in Serie A. This was a huge Derby della Capitale, as only one point separated them in the race for second, which is the difference between Champions League group phase qualification and a preliminary round. The Aquile needed one point to be sure of a top three finish ahead of […]

Juventus dealt Napoli’s Champions League hopes a near fatal blow with a 3-1 victory in Turin on Saturday evening. Roberto Pereyra put them ahead at half-time but a David Lopez effort had the visitors level before Stefano Sturaro and Simone Pepe secured the win that now puts Napoli’s hopes of competing in Europe’s premier competition out of their hands. The home side underwent a pre-match lap of honour, parading their newly won Coppa Italia, accompanied by their children as a party atmosphere enveloped the ground. The Bianconeri staged their Double Party to celebrate the last home game of the season, the Scudetto and Wednesday’s Coppa Italia triumph in extra time over Lazio. Napoli needed precious points to keep their Champions League qualification dreams alive. Stephan Lichtsteiner and Kalidou Koulibaly were suspended, but Kwadwo Asamoah made his first appearance since sustaining knee tendon damage in November. Dries Mertens and Lopez had early efforts saved for Napoli but they fell behind in […]

Juventus rested top players and had nothing to play for, but still conquered Inter 2-1 at the San Siro thanks to a Samir Handanovic howler. The Derby d’Italia had an unusual feel to it, as Juve had already won the Scudetto and rested numerous players ahead of the Coppa Italia Final. They were fresh from earning their first Champions League Final spot in 12 years against Barcelona, so confidence was sky high. Hernanes was suspended for the hosts, plus Fredy Guarin, Jonathan, Dodo and Hugo Campagnaro injured, so Xherdan Shaqiri got a rare start. A seven-game unbeaten streak had taken Inter to within touching distance of a place in the Europa League next season and that positive trend looked set to continue when Icardi got the deftest of touches with his chest to Brozovic’s shot to divert the ball into the far corner of Marco Storari’s goal. Rodrigo Palacio had a shot saved by Storari and Xherdan Shaqiri hit the […]

AC Milan picked up their first win in more than a month to deal Roma’s Champions League qualification hopes a blow at the San Siro with a 2-1 victory. Marco van Ginkel’s first goal in Italian football gave the Rossoneri the lead before Mattia Destro, on loan at Milan from Roma, scored against his employers to double the hosts’ lead. Francesco Totti pulled one back from the penalty spot, but the Giallorossi could not find an equaliser as they missed an opportunity to consolidate second spot, allowing city rivals Lazio the opportunity to overtake them and Napoli to close to within two points on Sunday. While the Giallorossi had clambered back into second place, the hosts had only pride and dignity to play for, particularly Roma-owned Mattia Destro. Jeremy Menez and Mattia De Sciglio were suspended, missing Alessio Cerci, Riccardo Montolivo and Michael Essien. Douglas Maicon, Leandro Castan and Kevin Strootman didn’t make the trip, but Francesco Totti was dropped […]

The Serie A leaders Juventus beat Fiorentina 3-2 on Wednesday but their title celebrations were delayed by Lazio’s 4-0 victory over a Parma side who are now certain to be relegated But Juve, who are 14 points clear with five matches to go, will be champions with a draw at Sampdoria on Saturday. As they prepared to host Fiorentina on Wednesday evening,Juventus knew that each stage of a remarkable treble was slowly coming within touching distance. A Champions League semi-final with Real Madrid looms large on the horizon, with the Coppa Italia final against Lazio to follow later next month. Both sides were coming off surprise defeats at the weekend, as the Viola had lost three on the bounce in Serie A, while the Bianconeri fell 2-1 to rivals Torino. Claudio Marchisio returned from suspension, but Leonardo Bonucci was banned with Paul Pogba, Martin Caceres, Kwadwo Asamoah and Romulo. Khouma Babacar and Giuseppe Rossi were out for the season. Fiorentina […]

Mauro Icardi’s 17th goal of the season took Inter Milan back into the hunt for a place in Europe next season and dented Roma’s Champions League aspirations with a 2-1 win. These sides used to battle for the Scudetto, Coppa Italia and Italian Super Cup, but went into this game in desperate need of a victory. The Nerazzurri had little chance of qualifying for Europe, while the Giallorossi were joint second with Lazio. Gary Medel and Davide Astori were suspended, though Fredy Guarin, Marcelo Brozovic, Daniele De Rossi and Kostas Manolas returned from their bans. Gervinho was finally fit to start again after injury and boost a misfiring front line. The last 20 editions of this fixture in all competition provided 70 goals, an average of 3.5 per game, but Inter had failed to win any of their last seven meetings with Roma.The Roman side was looking to build up ground against city rivals, Lazio, who have leapfrogged Roma into […]