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Serie A round-up: What happened this weekend

Serie A round-up: Lazio, Juventus move up in ranks; Ibra sets huge milestone

February 8, 2021 By Michelle Bonsu
This weekend's round of fixtures have seen a shake-up in the Serie A standings.

This past weekend saw some interesting results and personal records being set. In addition, given some of the teams who were playing each other, there has now been some movement in the table, with reigning champs Juventus moving into third spot.

Meanwhile, things continue to get worse for the relegation candidates - all of who lost this round - while 16th placed Torino barely hangs on by a thread.

Let's have a look at what took place during the latest round of matches.

Top five teams in Serie A up to February 15

Following last round's fixtures, there have been some interesting changes in the league standings, in particular with Lazio making a huge move up into fifth spot

Who are the top three scorers in Serie A?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's brace as Milan routed bottom-feeders Crotone has helped him move up the rankings, but Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed another goal as Juventus overpowered Roma 2-0 to remain in contention for the Capocannoniere this season. Last season's winner Ciro Immobile also scored to fire Lazio to a narrow 1-0 lead against Cagliari, while Nerazzurri striker Romelu Lukaku was unable to find the back of the net during Inter's 2-0 victory over Fiorentina. 

Serie A's top three marksmen

Top headlines in Serie A

Ibrahimovic hits personal milestone in 4-0 rout of Crotone: He might be 39 years old, but the big Swede isn't letting age slow him down just yet. The striker, who has played for all three of Italy's "big three" clubs grabbed a brace as the Rossoneri cruised to an expected win over the floundering Squali.

Why are these goals significant? Because they're his 500th and 501st goals. The only active players who've scored more over their club career are, not surprisingly, Cristiano Ronaldo (with 661) and Lionel Messi (with 650). Ibra has a long way to go to catch the duo, of course, but that should not take anything away from his impressive achievement, which he celebrated via posting a video of him dancing on social media.

Lazio quietly creeping up the table: The Biancocelesti have been on a surge lately, and with a 1-0 win over Cagliari, Simone Inzaghi's men have now won six on the spin. While eyes were focused elsewhere, Lazio have quietly moved up into fifth spot and are just two points behind third-placed Juventus. Next up for the Aquile is a highly anticipated match with Inter, and if they can make it a lucky seven in terms of consecutive wins, the title race will really be blown wide open.

An impressive record for a well-traveled shot-stopper: Lazio's victory against Cagliari wouldn't have been possible without the strong performance from veteran goalkeeper Pepe Reina. Last weekend saw him make his 600th appearance, and that's notable as he has featured in all but one of Europe's "Big 5" leagues. This is also the Spaniard's third Serie A club after spells with Napoli and Milan. His other prior teams include Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Villarreal, Liverpool, and Aston Villa.

Will we see him ever feature for a Ligue 1 side to complete a full tour of all of Europe's major leagues? Certainly, it would be interesting! 

Key matches in Serie A: February 12-15, 2021

Napoli vs Juventus: Not only is this game a deciding factor as to whether Gennaro Gattuso remains in charge of Napoli, but also it's one of the biggest matches each season. The Partenopei, of course, will be keen on getting revenge on Juventus for their Supercoppa Italiana loss last month. In addition, they will be desperate to get back on track after an embarrassing 2-0 defeat to Genoa last round and try to force their way back into the top five spots.

Inter vs Lazio: The Nerazzurri have been having another great campaign this term as Antonio Conte's men are in good position to clinch the Scudetto. They sit just two points behind cross-town rivals Milan, who have also been having a very strong season. Next up for them is a very tricky clash against a Lazio side who have surged up the rankings, and while some may say Inter are the favorites, they certainly will not be underestimating the Aquile when they arrive at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

Spezia vs Milan: The minnows have pulled off some surprise results, namely dumping Roma out of the Coppa Italia and refusing to go down during a seven-goal thriller against the Giallorossi a few days later. They sit in 16th spot, so certainly there's an obvious gulf between them and first-placed Milan, but given the fact they have caused trouble for another big side, the Rossoneri will naturally look to put this match to bed as quickly as possible to remain ahead of Inter in the table.

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