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Serie A roundup: Inter strengthen grip on title

Serie A round-up: Inter strengthen grip on the title, Milan fall further behind after derby defeat

February 23, 2021 By Ali M.
Elsewhere, Juventus made up tremendous ground with their 3-0 win over Crotone while Atalanta secured a crucial 4-2 victory over Napoli.

The latest round of matches in Serie A brought about a huge twist to the standings. AC Milan, who fell a point behind Inter Milan in the title race, now find themselves four points behind their bitter rivals after losing 3-0 to Conte's side in the Derby della Madonnina. Juventus, who were in action on Monday, hosted bottom-of-the-table Crotone and dispatched them with ease, triumphing 3-0 to climb up to third. Roma suffered an unfortunate slip-up at Benevento, drawing 0-0, while Atalanta beat rivals Napoli in a 4-2 thriller to move within a point of a UCL spot. Here's everything you need to know about the latest round of matches in Serie A.

Top five teams in Serie A until February 27, 2021

Inter Milan have moved four points clear at the top and are now in the driving seat for the Scudetto. Juventus are now only four points adrift of second-placed AC Milan while the top-four race intensifies, with only four points separating Roma from seventh-placed Napoli.

Inter Milan, AC Milan, Juventus, Roma, Atalanta, Serie A, Standings 

Serie A top 3 scorers

Cristiano Ronaldo returned to the summit thanks to his brace against Crotone, his 15th and 16th of the season, leaving him in the driving seat to win his first Capocannoniere. Romelu Lukaku is only a goal behind after netting his 15th of the campaign in the 3-0 victory over AC Milan. Zlatan Ibrahimovic drew blanks in that horrible defeat but remains third in the Golden Boot race.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Serie A, Golden Boot 

Serie A – Top headlines

  • Weston McKennie scored his 4th goal of the season in the 3-0 win over Crotone and with that strike, he became the top American scorer in Serie A history, overtaking Michael Bradley (3).

  • Cristiano's brace against Crotone means he has scored against every opposition he has faced in Serie A. They were also the 78th different team he has scored against in Europe's top-five leagues, with only Ibrahimovic (79) outperforming him in that aspect in the 21st century.

  • Romelu Lukaku became the first player since Benito Lorenzi in 1950 to score in four consecutive Milan derbies after netting a brilliant solo goal in the 3-0 win over AC Milan.

  • Donnarumma made his 200th appearance in the unfortunate loss, becoming the youngest player to reach this feat (21 years and 361 days), surpassing the previous record holder Gianluigi Buffon.

  • Lazio's 1-0 win over Sampdoria saw Simone Inzhagi reach his 100th managerial win in the Italian top-flight.

Top matches to watch in Serie A: Feb. 26-28, 2021

Juventus vs Spezia: The visitors might be close to the relegation zone, but after beating AC Milan 2-0, Juventus must be wary of their opposition. Having climbed up to third, Cristiano and Co. cannot afford another slip-up, especially given that the Rossoneri are there for the taking.

Sassuolo vs Napoli: Having gone 4-2 down at Atalanta, Gattuso's men know that they must bounce back. They are only four points behind fourth-placed Roma, but given how congested the race to qualify for the UCL is, Insigne and Co. must return to winning ways.

AC Milan vs Udinese: All that was said about Napoli holds true for Milan as well. Having suffered back-to-back defeats in the league, the Rossoneri are in danger of crumbling in the 2020/21 Scudetto title race. Udinese are a mid-table team, but after the 2-0 loss to Spezia, Pioli's side should know that means nothing.

*Keep track of all the activity in the Italian top-flight by following our dedicated Serie A competition page.


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