Round 26 of the Serie A season produced the usual mix of cracking goals, incredible scorelines and fantastic football.
Roberto Donadoni’s Bologna proved that the Juventus winning machine can be stopped, as the Rossoblu halted the Bianconeri’s run of 15 straight victories with their Friday night 0-0 draw at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara.
Sassuolo and Italy Under-21 forward Domenico Berardi scored an absolute beauty against Empoli as did Mohamed Salah for Roma at home to Palermo in what was just another action-packed weekend in the world of Serie A.
Here are five things we learned from watching the Italian domestic league this week.
Ain’t nothing like a Verona derby!
What an absolute corker of a game on Saturday evening as Hellas Verona beat city rivals Chievo 3-1 at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi, proving that derby matches are the best kind of football game there is.
A clash that had it all – referee controversy, a penalty missed and a penalty scored, a flurry of red cards and a 30-yard screamer in the dying moments of the tie.
Struggling Verona proved that in these cross-town matches, form goes straight out the window as passion and desire can often trump tactics and ability.
The Gialloblu are still anchored to the foot of Serie A, but this win over the Flying Donkeys might just be the jolt that their season has been desperately crying out for.
And with Luca Toni and Giampaolo Pazzini in attack, anything is possible…