Round 28 of the Serie A season was once again a smorgasbord of exciting action laced with recrimination and adulation.
Sassuolo continued their incredible season with a superb 2-0 victory over what had been a resurgent AC Milan, whilst Napoli and Roma both won to keep up the pressure on league leaders Juventus who also grabbed all three points from a very average Atalanta.
Here are five things we learned from watching the Italian domestic league this week.
Super Mario has lost his Luigi
Mario Balotelli was given the opportunity to hit the forefront of Italian football once more on Sunday, as he was handed a rare start against Sassuolo.
However, the Rossoneri were served up with a 2-0 defeat and Balotelli made little to no impact at the Mapei stadium. During the 55 minutes he was on the field of play, he failed to register a single shot at goal as he touched the ball a mere 27 times.
Statistics can be shown to mean many things perhaps, but on this occasion, it can only signal a wasted chance for the on-loan Liverpool striker to prove he still has what it takes to become one of Italy’s stellar forwards.
With the injury to M’Baye Niang, Balotelli may still get another starting berth over the next few weekends, but even his most ardent followers will question his desire to become the player that wowed Azzurri fans during Euro 2012.
Dai Mario, non mollare…