Serie A 2012/13: Top 10 Players – Week 13
Elsewhere, Juventus were denied a home win by Federico Marchetti; and Lazio. Cagliari also drew against Internazionale, with the Milanese club requiring a late surge to equalise.
At the bottom end of the table Bologna battered Palermo 3-0 and Siena picked up a victory over Pescara; a result which saw Giovanni Stroppa resign.
Here are the top 10 players…
10. Ricky Alvarez (Internazionale): Whilst he did not score himself, Ricky Alvarez’s introduction late in the second half against Cagliari helped to turn the tide in Inter’s favour. The Argentine found space out wide to influence the attack and assisted Davide Astori’s own goal with a decent cross. He kept the pressure on Cagliari and was the key factor in Inter managing to claim a draw.
9. Antonio Di Natale (Udinese): Di Natale scored a sumptuous goal as Udinese threw away a lead to draw with a spirited Parma side. The Italian forward snuck past the defence, bringing down the high pass with a touch of class, then baited the goal-keeper, finishing with a chipped effort.
8. Paolo Cannavaro (Napoli): Cannavaro could be considered unfortunate to have a more famous sibling. Whilst his brother gained international applause for his defensive ability, Paolo has remained in the shadows; at least to those who reside out-with Naples. However, in the last 24 months Paolo has improved so much he has many advocates who believe he deserves a place in the Azzurri squad. Against Milan, he marshalled Napoli’s defence and was dominant in the air as the home side held on to earn a point. Performances like these will only strengthen calls for him to be called by Cesare Prandelli.
7. Stefan Radu (Lazio): It wasn’t just Lazio’s goalkeeper who stifled Juventus; Stefan Radu was in great form, shutting down Juventus’ attack down the right. Mauricio Isla was smothered by Radu throughout the match and the pressure on Lazio was relieved.
6. Francesco Pisano (Cagliari): Cagliari were set up to exploit Inter’s weakness on the left flank and key to this success was Francesco Pisano, their right back. Bombing up and down the right, Pisano was able to link with the attack and halt Yuto Nagatomo’s advances also.