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Serie A Match-Week 6: Winners and Losers

Serie A match-week 6 was one that was quite note-worthy, as it was filled with an immense amount of drama and roller-coasters of emotions. From last-gasp winners, to red cards, and to game-winning strikes being disallowed, it was an eventful three days that surpassed many people’s expectations. After a whirlwind of staggering events, here is a review of this weekend’s action with our Tops and Flops from match-week 6 of the campaign.

Dybala

Top (Player) Paulo Dybala:

Despite Roma’s 2-1 victory on Tuscan soil against Empoli not being convincing and considered unappealing to the eye, Paulo Dybala had a brilliant display this evening at the Stadio Castellani.

The Argentine showcased his ingenuity and vibrancy to full capacity, wrapping his foot around the ball from long-range to score the opener and delivering a brilliant cross towards the second post to find Tammy Abraham for the game-winner.

Although it was far from the Giallorossi’s peak, the 28 year-old inspired Mourinho’s men towards a vital victory in order to increase their confidence after two consecutive losses across all competitions.

Flop (Player) Igor Julio:

From the start of the season, it was well-known that Italiano lacked depth within the center-back role. On Sunday afternoon, Igor’s performance amplified a major concern for La Viola when filling in for their star defender Nikola Milenkovic.

The 24 year-old Brazilian failed to control a cleared corner-kick at the centre line, allowing the ball to skip over him and for the marksman Musa Barrow to burst on the break and slot in the equalizer for Bologna.

Just as it seemed like it could not have gotten any worse, Igor performed a clumsy and unnecessary slide tackle from behind while already being on a yellow. As a result, the defender was sent off and will now leave Italiano with very few options within the back-line for Fiorentina’s fixture against Verona.

Udogie

Top (Team) Udinese:

Despite a rough start to the fixture following Davide Fratessi’s impressive finish to break the ice for Sassuolo, Udinese were top-class as thy secured a major 3-1 victory and completed the comeback at the Mapei Stadium.

The Zebrette capitalized on a red card following Ruan’s mistimed challenge and demonstrated their impeccable swift-counter attacking style of play.

The rising star Lazar Samardzic scored a spectacular screamer yet again,while Beto proved that he is a significant threat for defender’s within the league as he scored a brace, extending his fine run of form to four goals in six games.

As it stands, Udinese find themselves with a four-game win streak, currently sitting in joint-fourth alongside Roma.

 

Atalanta

Flop (Team): Atalanta

From kicking off the Serie A campaign in spectacular fashion, it seems as if reality is starting to settle in for Atalanta as they were forced to a 1-1 stalemate against Cremonese.

Despite accumulating a total of 14 shots,  La Dea only found  the back of the net once as Merih Demiral buried a brilliant delivery by Teun Koopmriners from the a set piece with a thunderous header.

Although Radu performed spectacular acrobatics in order to keep his side well within the fixture, there were no excuses for Atalanta not finding the second goal in order to put the game to sleep.

As a result, some poor goalkeeping from Musso paved the way for Emanuele Valeri to score the equalizer and obtain a point for Cremonese, putting the breaks on Atalanta from climbing at the top of the league.