WINDHOEK, OCT. 9 – Round 8 of Serie A action got underway on Friday night with Nigerian Ola Aina and Cameroonian Nicolas N’Koulou’s Torino running out 3-2 winners over Frosinone in what was a scintillating match in Turin. Ghanaian Raman Chibsah’s Frosinone continues to struggle and are yet to win a league match as they occupy the penultimate spot on the table while Torino hovers in mid-table.
Saturday saw three matches taking place with the most notable result Juventus’ 2-0 win over Udinese who had Nigerian William Troost-Ekong and Ivorian Seko Fofana in their starting line-up. The result sees Juventus unbeaten in the league and firmly placed at the top of the Serie A table with 24 points, six points clear of second-placed Napoli, while Udinese hovers at the wrong end of the table in 15th place.
Nigerian Orji Okwonkwo came off the bench for Bologna but was unable to prevent them from losing 2-0 to Cagliari who jumped above them into 13th place on the log. Ghanaian Afriyie Acquah and Algerian Ismael Bennacer were also on the losing end on Saturday for Empoli after going down 2-0 to AS Roma who moved into the top six.
Sunday is where all the action happened with 15 goals scored across six games as Parma, Lazio, Sampdoria, AC Milan, Napoli and Inter registered wins.
Algerian Adam Ounas found the back of the net for Napoli in their 2-0 win over Ghanaian Kevin-Prince Boateng’s Sassuolo who finished with ten men after Rogerio was sent off. Boateng’s fellow countryman, Kwadwo Asamoah had a better day at the office with Inter beating Spal 2-1 to move into third place on the table.
Ivory Coast’s Franck Kessie was also in good form as he helped AC Milan to a 3-1 win over Chievo, condemning the latter to remain rooted to the bottom of the league table without a win to their name.
Lazio maintained their place in the top four with a slender 1-0 win over Fiorentina who dropped to seventh while Sampdoria edged Atalanta by the same margin to remain fifth on the table. Parma were the biggest movers on the weekend with an impressive 3-1 win over Genoa moving them into the top half of the standings.
Serie A results, 5-7 October
Friday 5 October
20:30: Torino 3-2 Frosinone
Saturday 6 October
15:00: Cagliari 2-0 Bologna
18:00: Udinese 0-2 Juventus
20:30: Empoli 0-2 Roma
Sunday 7 October
12:30: Genoa 1-3 Parma
15:00: Lazio 1-0 Fiorentina
15:00: Atalanta 0-1 Sampdoria
15:00: AC Milan 3-1 Chievo
18:00: Napoli 2-0 Sassuolo
20:30: Spal 1-2 Inter – Contributed