Last Updated on November 7, 2022 3:00 pm by Erwin Noguera
Matchday 13 of Serie A closed with a Napoli that is more leader than before and with some derbies with surprising results that also altered the standings.
With goals in all matches, there were only 2 draws throughout the weekend, curiously the first 2 matches: Udinese – Lecce (1-1) and Salernitana – Cremonese (2-2).
Empoli suffered but beat Sassuolo 1-0, while Bologna came from behind to beat Torino 2-1. Fiorentina further sank Sampdoria by beating them 0-2 and Monza sent Hellas Verona to the bottom of the table thanks to their victory (2-0).
Serie A Matchday 13: Atalanta vs. Napoli
When: Saturday, November 5 at 1:00 pm ET
The leader Napoli increased its advantage in the table by beating Atalanta 1-2, who was their biggest pursuer and is now 6 points ahead of the second, which is Milan. Luciano Spalleti’s team is the only undefeated team and has 9 wins in a row and 17 games without losing in Serie A.
Already in the match, the locals went ahead thanks to a penalty from Ademola Lookman after 19 minutes, but the visit quickly turned it around with goals from Victor Osimhen (23′) and Eljif Elmas (25′). The Nigerian striker is the tournament’s top scorer with 8 goals.
Those from Bergamo tried in the second half to reach a tie but were unable to do so, and therefore dropped to fourth place, 8 points behind Napoli.
Serie A Matchday 13: Milan vs. Spezia
When: Saturday, November 5 at 3:45 pm ET
A savior Olivier Giroud gave Milan a 2-1 victory over Spezia that helped them rise to second place. It was a very good match for the ‘Rossoneri’ who were far superior to their rival and went ahead on the scoreboard with a goal from Theo Hernández in the 21st minute.
However, fate has its peculiarities, and Daniel Maldini, the son of the historic Paolo and who is on loan from Milan at Spezia, scored the equalizer with a very good shot from outside the box. It is precisely the first goal in the league with his new club, and the previous one had been scored in a 1-2 victory for the Lombard team precisely against Spezia.
The locals were trying and the game became very hot, with many yellow cards from both sides, but Giroud appeared, who had entered at minute 72′, to decide the final 2-1 at 89′ with a karate shot after a center by Sandro Tonali. The French striker took off his shirt in celebration and received his second yellow card, leaving his side down to 10 players, but the visiting side could do nothing about it. A Victory of the Italian champion.
Serie A Matchday 13: Roma vs. Lazio
When: Sunday, November 6 at 1:00 pm ET
One of the surprises was experienced in the Roman Derby that had Lazio as the winner 0-1 with a solitary goal by Felipe Anderson after Roger Ibañez made a mistake at the start, Pedro recovered and the Brazilian sent the ball to the bottom of the net.
The visit had Sergej Milinkovic-Savic suspended due to injury and his captain Ciro Immobile injured, however, the striker was among those summoned and stayed on the bench, encouraging his teammates, showing why he is the team captain. That is to say, the two best players of the team were not there, but that did not matter to Biancocelesti, who managed to score the goal in the 29th minute and then hold on.
Roma, who also did not have very important players like Paulo Dybala and Leonardo Spinazzola, had possession of the ball. However, they were not precise in the attacking front and did not cause many problems for goalkeeper Ivan Provedel.
With this result, Lazio overtakes its eternal rival and reaches third place in the tournament with 27 points, the second-best defense in the championship (8), and the third-best attack (25), leaving Roma sixth and with its second consecutive loss at home.
Serie A Matchday 13: Juventus vs. Inter
When: Sunday, November 6 at 3:45 pm ET
The weekend was closed by the Derby d’Italia and it was also surprising because Inter was doing well in the championship and Juventus was being criticized, but in the end, the Turin side won 2-0 at home with goals from Adrien Rabiot and Nicolo Fagioli, who has scored in the last two league games and is taking advantage of the minutes that the coach is giving him.
The Nerazzurri were more in numbers than their rival, as they had more possession of the ball, shots, shots on goal, and corner kicks, but they could not overcome the resistance of Szczesny, who was one of the figures of the afternoon with 4 stops.
But the one who got all the applause was Filip Kostic, who gave the two assists, the first after a great run along the left lane, and the second after a good personal play.
Juve now surpassed Inter and climbed to fifth place, while those from Milan stayed in seventh place, with 1 point less than the ‘Vecchia Signora’, and out of European competitions.