Last Updated on November 14, 2022 5:00 pm by Erwin Noguera
The Matchday 15 of Serie A, the last one before the break for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, had few surprises. Napoli, despite a scare in the last 15 minutes of the match against Empoli, remains unstoppable at the top of the Italian soccer standings. The team coached by Luciano Spalletti remains unbeaten in domestic competition with 13 wins and 2 draws.
The other big clubs such as Inter, AC Milan, and Juventus, also took three points before the World Cup break.
On the other hand, Cremonese, Sampdoria, and Hellas Verona were defeated during this matchday and have not been able to recover points that would allow them to get out of the red zone of relegation to Serie B.
Serie A Matchday 15 – Napoli vs. Udinese
Saturday, November 12
Napoli does not want to wake up from this dream called undefeated. The team continues to win matches and this Saturday took advantage of the Diego Maradona Stadium’s support to defeat 3-2 a difficult Udinese, who tried to rescue a draw until the end.
After 15 minutes, the home side was already ahead thanks to an accurate header by Nigerian Victor Osimhen from a good cross by Eljif Elmas. The striker ratified his good moment with the ninth goal in his personal Serie A account.
On the half-hour mark, a quick counterattack by the Neapolitans allowed Poland’s Piotr Zielinski, after an excellent pass from Lozano, to score at the far post and make it 2-0.
Elmas, in the 58th minute, scored the third for Spalletti’s team and it was not until the 79th minute that Udinese reacted. Nestorovski and Samardzic made the visitors dream of an incredible comeback, but the leaders held on to win.
Napoli is only the second team in all of Serie A history to win at least 13 of its first 15 games of the season, followed by Juventus on as many as four occasions.
Serie A Matchday 15 – Atalanta vs. Inter
Sunday, November 13
Inter Milan closed 2022 with an important away win over Bergamo’s Atalanta, who took the lead in the 25th minute after Ademola Lookman’s penalty.
The stainless Edin Dzeko, 36, scored a brace to put the Nerazzurri ahead. An own goal from defender Jose Luis Palomino following a header from Lautaro Martinez made it 1-3 for Simone Inzaghi, who oversaw his 250th Serie A match.
Palomino got his revenge and scored in the 77th minute after a corner kick, however, La Dea did not have the momentum to turn the score around and dropped the points against Inter, who took fifth place from them.
Serie A Matchday 15 – Milan vs. Fiorentina
Sunday, November 13
Despite a strong performance at the San Siro, Fiorentina suffered a painful defeat at the hands of the reigning Italian champions. A thrilling match from start to finish ended with a goal conceded in stoppage time, which gave Pioli’s Milan the win.
Shortly after the opening whistle, Rafael Leao capitalized on a fantastic assist from Olivier Giroud to run into the box and finish with pinpoint accuracy to open the scoring. The Portuguese is the fourth player in Rossoneri history to score more than five goals in at least four consecutive seasons after George Weah, Kaka, and Alexandre Pato.
Before the half-hour mark, Barak equalized at the San Siro with a shot that slipped through the hands of Romanian goalkeeper Tatarusanu. It looked like the Friulians were on their way to a decent draw until the 91st minute when Nikola Milenkovic failed to control the ball after a cross from the right flank and put it into his own net to give Milan the win.
Serie A Matchday 15 – Juventus vs. Lazio
Sunday, November 13
Juventus secured their sixth win in a row in a comfortable home match against Lazio in a direct duel for third place in the Calcio.
Moise Kean was the star of the night with a brace. The Italian striker, who continues his scoring streak, had not scored a brace since March 8, 2019, against Udinese.
Maurizio Sarri’s team looked for an equalizer in the second half, but Poland’s Milik sealed the win for La Vecchia Signora.
Juventus have kept a clean sheet in six consecutive Serie A games for the first time since December 2018, also under Massimiliano Allegri.