Serie A

Serie A Top Five, Round Eight: Parma duo Cornelius and Kulusekvski destroy Genoa

Immobile brings Lazio back from the dead and Milik wins Napoli the points

11:00am on Tuesday 22nd October 2019
Team FC
Andreas Cornelius
S (C) - Parma - 26 yrs
Oct 20, 2019

Cardiff may not be familiar with type of form, and in fairness, Parma fans haven't seen it either, but that's football for you. Cornelius who had previously scored two goals in the calendar year 2019, netted three fantastic finishes against sorry Genoa as part of a thumping 5-1 win. As well as his goals he was a constant pain for the Genoa back line, winning 14 ground duels and 10 aerial duels. The opposition just couldn't handle him.

ISAOct 20, 2019W
Dejan Kulusekvski F (C), W (R)
  • 90'
  • 9

    And Cornelius owes much to his exciting young strike partner for making life so easy for him. It was the 19-year-old drop of the shoulder and cross that allowed team-mate Juraj Kucka to open the scoring, before his near 60-yard carry played in Gervinho, who set up Cornelius to put the game out of reach. He then laid on Cornelius' hat-trick before rounding out a devastating display by rounding the goalkeeper to slot home. The Swede is a serious talent.

    ISAOct 19, 2019W
  • 81'
  • 8.6

    Milik has been far from a regular for Carlo Ancelotti's Napoli side so far this season, but he took his opportunity against Cagliari with an excellent all-round display. Two shots, two goals for the Pole, the first a neat finish at the near post, then again in the second half, firing home after getting across the defender. It was a super marksman's performance and with Fernando Llorente breathing down his neck, there's some real competition for places now.

    ISAOct 19, 2019D
  • 90'
  • 8.4

    With Lazio 3-0 down at half-time it seemed as if not even Immobile could save the day, but Ciro is never beaten. He converted both penalties in the sensational 3-3 draw after winning both of them himself with persistent forward running, while he assisted Correa for the other goal in a match that completely flipped on its head. Immobile, once again, will be in and around the Capocannoniere come season end.

    With Roma up against it for much of the second half against Sampdoria following Justin Kluivert's red card, it took a superb backs-to-the-wall defensive performance from both Mancini and Chris Smalling to keep them at bay. Mancini produced excellent defensive numbers across the board, making eight clearances, six recoveries and five interceptions. He also touched the ball more than any other player in Serie A this weekend, and made sure his team kept possession to keep the pressure off, completing 83 of his 94 passes.


    AC Milan are toiling but Hakan Calhanoglu (8.4) stepped up with a brilliant volley, though the Rossoneri could only draw 2-2 with Lecce. Luis Muriel (8.4) stepped in for the injured Duvan Zapata and scored twice only for Atalanta to be pegged back by Lazio.


    Ionut Radu (4.3) shipped five to Parma including three to a forward with just two goals in 2019, while Sassuolo's shot-stopper Andrea Consigli (4.8) didn't fare much better against Inter.

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