The leaders Inter wins away with Torino for 2-1 and extends over Milan (the points are now 9 more), defeated at home by Napoli with the minimum difference. Net misstep, however, of Rome, reached in the standings by Naples, in fifth place. The Giallorossi team, away, found their first league defeat against a ‘second tier’ team, losing 2-0 in Parma.
However, it was Napoli to place the coup in the postponement of the 27th matchday, conquering San Siro with a 1-0 against Milan who slipped to -9 from the top. A heavy success in terms of Champions for Gattuso’s team, but above all in terms of the Scudetto for Inter, which he thanks and extends to the top at +9 on his cousins. A goal from Politano decides at the beginning of the second half: Azzurri who reach Roma (next opponent) in fifth place, keeping pace with Atalanta and Juventus just ahead in the standings. Another step backwards instead for the formation of Pioli, who now risks jeopardizing second place as well. The pace is high and the game is enjoyable from the start, even if there are no great occasions in the first half hour of play. The Neapolitans build the first big goal ball right at the stroke of 30 ‘, when Zielinski receives in an excellent position from Insigne, but shoots to the side with all the mirror available. A few moments later, however, on the other side Leao tries, who frees himself well at the edge of the area but kicks too centrally, without creating too many problems in Ospina. The start of recovery is crackling and immediately leads to the advantage of Napoli signed by Politano, who escapes to the defense and with a strangled but deadly right, beats Donnarumma for the 1-0 Neapolitan. The match lights up and Gattuso’s men are immediately close to doubling with Fabian Ruiz, who kicks hard from the edge calling the Rossoneri goalkeeper to return; on the other front, the protagonist is still Leao, too shy in the volley on Rebic’s perfect cross. In the final, Pioli’s team tries everything in search of a draw, between so much confusion, nervousness, the expulsion of Rebic and the episode of the penalty not whistled to Theo Hernandez, just touched by Bakayoko but judged to be all regular by the referee also with the on field review. It ends 1-0, Napoli wins.
It all happened in Turin in the second half: the Nerazzurri took the lead with a penalty from Lukaku in the 62nd minute. The grenades find a draw in the 70th minute with Sanabria, but in the 85th minute Lautaro Martinez finds the winning goal that momentarily brings Conte’s team to 9 points from their Milanese cousins. It ends 2-1.
A game to forget for Roma who, fresh from their brilliant victory in the Europa League against Shakhtar, let themselves be harnessed by Parma, leading at the beginning of the match with Mihaila in the 9th minute. The Giallorossi push but cannot find the key to the problem. The second half begins in favor of the Emilians, as the first had been: Parma scores the goal of doubling with a penalty from Hernani in the 55th minute, due to Pellè being knocked down. The final assault of Fonseca’s team produces no results.
Juventus leaves behind the bad European night with Porto, immediately returning to win in the league for the third consecutive time. Cagliari beaten at home with a 3-1 signed all by Cristiano Ronaldo, which rose to 23 goals in the league. For the Sardinians, on the other hand, the blaze of Simeone is not enough, returning to score after an eternity. Pirlo’s team thus immediately moves close to Milan, who are busy with Napoli tonight, at least trying to keep the hopes of the Scudetto alive. There are 10 points behind leaders Inter Milan, but Juve has yet to catch up with Gattuso’s blues. The first half of the Sardegna Arena, exactly like Vigorito yesterday with Vlahovic, has one and only protagonist who responds to the name of Cristiano Ronaldo, evidently touched in pride after the criticisms received following the Juventus elimination from the Champions League. A fantastic hat-trick in just over half an hour, to direct the match that the bianconeri actually archived in the first half. The only drawback of the Portuguese match is the very dangerous high leg on Cragno’s face in the 14th minute, on a score of 1-0, evaluated by the referee only by yellow. In the second half, the bianconeri easily remain in control of the match, even if in the 61st minute Simeone’s flickering on Zappa’s assist allowed Cagliari to shorten the gap and stay alive in view of the last third of the match. In the final, Semplici’s team tries it with pride, but fails to reopen the race further and is forced to the 15th knockout in the championship, remaining in a not very calm classification area.
Bologna returned to victory after two consecutive defeats by beating Sampdoria 3-1 at Dall’Ara. In anticipation of lunchtime the Bolognese broke the deadlock with Barrow in the 27th, then the momentary equalizer by Quagliarella in the 37th. Four minutes later Svanberg gave the hosts back the lead and in the 70th they sealed the match with Soriano.