Serie A 2012/13: Top 10 Players – Week 29
Round 29 of Serie A continued apace as Juventus continued their procession towards the Scudetto, defeating Bologna 2-0 on Saturday evening. Claudio Marchisio ran the game from midfield, assisting once and scoring another for the Champions.
Catania sensationally defeated Udinese 3-1 at the Stadio Angelo Massimino. Alejandro Gomez stole the show scoring twice and tearing Udinese’s defence to shreds. A performance which put him amongst the forerunners in round 29’s top performers.
Mario Balotelli and Edinson Cavani both netted braces in their sides wins over Palermo and Atalanta respectively. Milan’s 2-0 win over Palermo saw them strengthen their grip on second place. Whilst Cavani ended a run of eight games without scoring when he converted a penalty in the opening minutes of Napoli’s wild 3-2 win against Atalanta.
Fiorentina relied upon good work from Juan Cuadrado to defeat Genoa 3-2 and boost their European ambitions. Whilst Francesco Totti scored his 226th Serie a goal in AS Roma’s 2-0 win over Parma at the Stadio Olimpico.
Elsewhere Torino defeated Lazio 1-0 to secure their mid-table status; Matteo Darmian playing a significant role in their defensive resilience.
Here are the top 10 players…
10. Matteo Darmian (Torino): Darmian shone as Torino defeated Lazio 1-0 at home. Playing at right-back, Darmian stifled Lazio’s Senad Lulic and helped his side keep a clean sheet. He made a total of 9 successful tackles. A solid display.
9. Mirko Vucinic (Juventus): Vucinic put in the sort of performance which often draws ire from his critics. Against Bologna the Montenegrin was largely frustrating, failing to convert many chances. However, on 62 minutes he latched onto a pass from Claudio Marchisio, turned his marker and fired Juventus ahead. It was a classy finish.
8. Mattia De Sciglio (AC Milan): De Sciglio was once more effective in his full-back role for AC Milan against Palermo. His work-rate was admirable; surging forward to offer a wide option in Milan’s attacks and recovered well to perform his defensive duties.
7. Cyril Théréau (Chievo Verona): Théréau was Chievo’s hero as they defeated Pescara 2-0 on Sunday. The French forward scored once and set up another. Having looked dangerous throughout, Théréau won an aerial challenge on 88 minutes, knocking the ball into the path of Adrian Stoian who scored Chievo’s first of the match. The forward then sealed Chievo’s win in the closing minutes, running onto a through ball and shooting past a hapless Ivan Pelizzoli.
6. Juan Cuadrado (Fiorentina): Cuadrado helped Fiorentina to an important 3-2 home win over Genoa. His runs opened up space for Fiorentina’s attackers, as he drew his markers out of position. The winger scored La Viola’s second goal on 62 minutes, drifting in at the far post to tap in a deflected shot.