Serie A results and scores: AC Milan keep pressure on Inter as Napoli gap widens after Juventus draw

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Serie A action returned this Thursday on Paramount + with an exhausted matchlist due to the current COVID-19 situation and Italy’s ridiculous rules that require teams to enact postponements while being ready to play without their opponents.

Champions and leaders Inter Milan, Atalanta BC and Fiorentina all fell victim to it in early 2022, but there was still a party of action with AC Milan securing an important victory and Juventus, SSC Napoli and SS. Lazio all involved in entertaining raffles.

We recap.

Thursday’s Serie A scores

Sampdoria 1, Cagliari 2
Spezia 1, Verona 2
Lazio 3, Empoli 3
Sassuolo 1, Genoa 1
AC Milan 3, Rome 1
Juventus 1, Napoli 1

Matches Abandoned Due to COVID

Bologna v Inter Milan
Atalanta vs. Turin
Salerno vs. Venice
Fiorentina vs. Udinese

Milan keep in touch

A 3-1 win over AS Roma kept Stefano Pioli’s men one point of provision for Inter at the top even though the title holders had one theoretical game less. Olivier Giroud, Junior Messias and Rafa Leao all scored for the Rossoneri as Tammy Abraham grabbed a consolation strike, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s missed penalty and Giallorossi’s two red cards in the last quarter of an hour put on a show in San Siro. Jose Mourinho’s men are now out of European places, with Atalanta and Fiorentina having played one game less.

Naples canceled

Luciano Spalletti’s men were held in check by Juve which is generally a respectable result but puts the Partenopei even further into the title rhythm. Dries Mertens gave COVID-exhausted Naples the lead in Turin in the first half, but Federico Chiesa equalized early in the second to give Inter a provisional six-point lead that could be increased to nine with the Nerazzurri match in hand. As for Massimiliano Allegri’s Juve, they are three points behind the UEFA Champions League places although Atalanta have one game less.

Lively Lazio

Perhaps the best entertainment was Lazio’s start to the game with Empoli, who saw them lose two goals in eight minutes to Nedim Bajrami and Szymon Zurkowiski only strikes for star-pair Ciro Immobile and Sergej Milinkovic Savic to bring Maurizio Sarri’s men at the level. If that wasn’t enough, Empoli regained the lead through Federico Di Francesco before Patric was denied a goal via VAR and Immobile missed a penalty only for Milinkovic Savic to save a point to the death in Rome. The Biancocelesti remain roughly within reach of Europe but could easily fall back to the middle of the table if their inconsistency persists.


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