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Serie A Top Five, Round 12: Nainggolan tears apart Fiorentina

The Belgian recorded a hat-trick of assists and then topped his performance off with yet another long-range screamer.

1:21pm on Monday 11th November 2019
Martin Macdonald
Radja Nainggolan
AM, M (C) - Cagliari - 31 yrs
Nov 10, 2019

Nainngolan was in scintillating form for Cagliari as they defeated Fiorentina 5-2 to move into the Champions League qualifying positions, with him having played a part in four of the goals. The first three came via a hat-trick of assists, with two balls being delicately stabbed through the middle for a team-mate to score, with a drilled cross into Giovanni Simeone sandwiched in between. His best moment was yet to come, though, as he added another wonder strike to his portfolio with a screamer from 30 yards which bulleted into the top right corner.

Joaquín Correa
F, AM (C) - Lazio - 25 yrs
Nov 10, 2019

Lazio recovered from their devastating last-minute loss against Celtic in the Europa League on Thursday by overcoming Lecce 4-2 at the Stadio Olimpico, with Correa scoring twice. The Argentine was deployed up top with Ciro Immobile, and quickly justified the decision with a superb, flashed finish into the bottom right corner from inside the area. The home side went on to score two more, and with the points already secured at 3-1, he scored another after a piercing run into the box which was followed by an emphatic finish into the roof of the net. He had 47 touches, and misplaced just three passes.

Wojciech Szczęsny
GK - Juventus - 29 yrs
Nov 10, 2019

Juventus have not been playing well recently, and didn't particularly light up the match against Milan, either, despite going on to win 1-0. One of the major factors in the victory was Szczęsny, who continually frustrated the Rossoneri with a series of saves, making seven in total throughout the 90 minutes. The best of the bunch came atfer a lovely Milan attack which was finished with a looping Lucas Paqueta header which looked destined for the top corner, only for the big Pole to stretch up to tip over the crossbar.

Ionuț Radu
GK - Genoa - 22 yrs
Nov 9, 2019

It takes a mighty defensive performance to shut-out the attacking quality of Napoli, but that is what Genoa, and Radu in particular, did on Saturday as they earned a 0-0 draw away. The hosts had an incredible 19 attempts on goal, with seven of them going on target, with Radu saving every single one. His best moment of the match came in the dying minutes when he somehow got down to keep out an Elif Elmas header, which was confirmed by the goal line technology as only being perhaps an inch away from being a goal.

Álex Berenguer
AM (C), W (L) - Torino - 24 yrs
Nov 9, 2019

Torino beat Brescia 4-0 on Saturday with Andrea Belotti's two penalties being followed up by two goals from Berenguer, who gets into the top five ahead of his captain after scoring his two within just 28 minutes after coming on in the second half. His first was an impressive turn and finish into the bottom corner from inside the area, while his second was a display of impressive power and pace as he initially won the aerial duel with the defender to set himself up for a direct forward dribble to slide a strike home.


Andrea Belotti (8.8) may have had the same rating as team-mate Berenguer, but just misses out due to playing more minutes, while both his goals were scored from the penalty spot.


Andrea Cistana (4.6) was perhaps unlucky to be involved in giving away a penalty for Brescia in the game against Torino, but his day didn't improve much afterwards, either. He was guilty of standing off Diego Laxalt for the third, and failed to win a single tackle during his time on the pitch.

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