Serie A Wk30 Napoli-Atalanta,Lazio-Juventus,Fiorentina-Milan

by 24britishtvMarch 30, 2024, 9 p.m. 19
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Immediate response from the Viola! Knocked down in midfield, Beltran through ball for Duncan, who drills into the far bottom corner from the edge of the area!

Leao runs onto the Chukwueze through ball, cheeky back-heel flick assist for Loftus-Cheek, who was not entirely expecting that, but neither was Milenkovic who slipped over, so RLC had time to control, readjust and score from six yards.

Not sure how it’s goalless, both teams had plenty of chances, but the finishing has been poor and the goalkeeping good.

Milan are wasting so many chances! Leao gets down the left, hesitates, rolls across and Giroud balloons it over the bar.

Terracciano alert again to parry the Leao effort from close range.

He’s getting caught offside a lot so far. The Fiorentina line is very high. That’s risky.

Chukwueze through ball, Leao tries an improbable first touch that doesn’t come off.

Good counter-attack, Belotti flashes a ball across the six-yard box, nobody can get on the end of it!

Reijnders snapshot takes a deflection off Dodo, Terracciano pushes it wide of the near post.

Leao overlapping run on the Reijnders pass, tries to score from the tightest of angles, Terracciano uses his legs at the near post.

Milan defence is all over the place again, Ikone causing Florenzi all sorts of problems, but Belotti can’t finish it off.

Milan lose the ball cheaply on the edge of their own area, Belotti strike charged down by Tomori. Appeals for handball, but it was from point-blank range and he was turning. Seemed to get his elbow, his hands were clamped across his chest.

On the corner, Ikone cuts inside from the right and drills just wide of the near post!

Milan offside trap fails, Ikone through ball for Belotti, Maignan comes flying out and manages to throw himself in the way!

Ouch. Lucas Martinez-Quarta takes down Leao, who falls in a very odd way, almost doing the splits.

Thiaw into the book for clattering Kouame.

On the resulting corner, Terracciano parries the Tomori header, Leao tries to prod in the rebound, cleared off the line by Belotti, but Leao was again offside anyway.

Cross floated to the back post by Leao, Chukwueze is unmarked, but the free header is acrobatically palmed away by Terracciano!

Interesting set play routine, free kick to the back post knocked in by Leao, but he was offside.

Oof! Biraghi mistimes the tackle and wipes out Chukwueze.

Loftus-Cheek and Reijnders combine, Rafael Leao into the box, but angled drive goes wide.

Surge forward from Chukwueze, who nutmegs Biraghi and goes on the sprint, roll across for Giroud, who prods it at Terracciano. Could’ve done better.

Milan corner, the Giroud header is off target.

19:48 We have kick-off in Fiorentina vs. Milan!

As the minute concludes, children release white balloons into the sky. There are 50 white roses on Barone’s seat in the stands.

19:42 Out come the teams

A video of Barone’s moments at Fiorentina plays on the screens as the club speaker thanks him for all that he did. His greatest achievement will be building the Viola Park, their new home.

“To embrace this Giglio that you loved, our thoughts soar like a swallow, we will never forget those who left us too soon.”

“It’s a very important victory for us with a new coach. I just returned a couple of days ago from international duty, but the lads worked well and it is a great win.

“It is certainly the best goal of my career, after almost two years I scored in front of the home fans. I want to thank the supporters and I hope they come in these numbers to more games.

“We had a lot of determination and hunger from the opening minute, we must continue like this.

“This week everything is at stake, as we have the Coppa Italia and the derby against Roma. We need to recover well and give our best. I hope the real Lazio is back.”

It really was the last kick of the game!

Last kick of the game, surely?! Guendouzi floats a cross to the back post, Marusic gets there before Sekulov for a towering header!

These are two teams in poor form and it shows. Both trying to win, but more than anything trying not to lose.

Ooh! Luis Alberto finish from the edge of the area deflected INCHES wide of the far post off a great big Rugani deflection. Everyone saw the deflection except the referee and linesman.

That was a promising move, Luis Alberto pass to Vecino, he could either return it or spread it down the right for Isaksen, instead just scuffs it wide.

Cataldi and Kamada replaced by Vecino and Guendouzi.

Same as Iling, trying to stop a counter-attack.

Marusic sends Immobile down the right, the striker finds him again with a smart reverse pass, deflection sends it wide!

Samuel Iling-Junior booked for blatantly stopping an Isaksen counter. Also, Allegri screaming his lungs out at Yildiz to get behind Kean.

Rabiot accidentally got a Kamada arm in the nose.

Moise Kean sprints away on the counter-attack, Gila runs after him and makes a marvellous sliding tackle in the box.

Immobile and Isaksen on, Castellanos and Pedro off.

Chiesa effort charged down in the box, Kean can’t quite get on the end of the rebound.

Big chance for Juventus, cross from the left for Cambiaso, who at the back post tried to volley it back from a very tight angle, finding the goalkeeper’s gloves.

Well, that didn’t last long.

McKennie and Iling-Junior on, Miretti and De Sciglio off.

Lazio the better team so far, but those two Chiesa chances towards half-time show how important it is to make that pressure count.

Cuts inside from the left, curler captured by Mandas.

That is the first real Juve chance of the game! Chiesa and Rabiot combine, he steers it low towards the far bottom corner and Mandas gets his fingertips to it!

Moise Kean is trying to just run at defenders and hope something happens. It is not happening.

17:39 Juve trying to slow the tempo

Lazio still very aggressive in the high press, Juventus trying to calm everything down.

Juve again risky playing out from the back, they need to be more attentive to the high press. Allegri now urging his team to play as 4-5-1.

Lazio corner, Szczesny punches it away. Allegri booked for dissent, not sure why, the nudge on De Sciglio was given as a free kick.

Juve hanging on now, quick passing move down the left, Castellanos eventually scuffs the finish.

Felipe Anderson control, then half-volley on the bounce, beaten away at the near post.

17:24 Juve get away with it!

Szczesny moment of madness, he really gets away with that! Pedro closes the goalkeeper down and intercepts a pass out from the back, it’s an open goal, but Kamada takes forever to get a shot away, by which time he’s blocked off!

Oooh! Castellanos give and go with Felipe Anderson, he’s clear on goal and only hits the side-netting!

Felipe Anderson dribble, it comes to Castellanos on the edge of the box, drills just wide under pressure from Bremer.

Marusic rolls across from the right, deflected, very nearly into the path of Castellanos.

Lazio short corner does not go particularly well.

Chiesa free kick floated to the back post for Bremer header wide.

Chiesa surges forward and is about to cut inside, he’s fouled. Just before that, Szczesny ice cold dribble away from Zaccagni.

Kamada is leaning back, balloons well over. Just before that, Castellanos went down under pressure from Rugani.

17:02 We have kick-off in Lazio vs. Juventus!

All games this weekend in Italy are preceded by a minute’s silence for Fiorentina director Joe Barone.

16:57 Out come the teams

16:33 Tudor then and now

Multiple reports this is a 4-3-3, but knowing Allegri he is entirely capable of using these XI players in a 3-5-2.

16:23 First of several Lazio vs. Juventus games

These teams will meet again in the Coppa Italia semi-final on April 2 and 23.

Changed to 3-4-2-1, put Kamada straight back in the starting XI. Luis Alberto was meant to start in a more advanced role, but he’s not fully fit.

You can watch the Lazio vs. Juventus warm-ups on the Lega Serie A YouTube Channel.

Dany Mota goes to kick the ball, so does Lovato – who got there first?

That’s what VAR is for, folks. It did not struck his hand at all, only Thorsby’s head – no penalty.

Not entirely convinced by that either. Frosinone receive a penalty for Thorsby handball, but it seemed to hit his head…

He had to time that sliding tackle on Duvan Zapata perfectly!

Di Gregorio keeping the scoreline down for 10-man Monza, Duvan Zapata strike from outside the box, deflection off Caldirola means the gk has to fly to palm it away.

Free kick to the back post, knocked back by Vasquez and then over the bar.

Ref quite right not to award a penalty, as it was Lirola who got there first to clear before Gudmundsson kicked him.

Well-worked move down the right, Soule give and go, but the finish goes over the bar from a tricky angle!

The Monza captain was just booked for the penalty, then got a second yellow for going in a little late on Ricci. Bit harsh.

Ball rolled across the face of goal from the right, Djuric sliding in just fails to make contact.

Sent Di Gregorio the wrong way. In fact, any way was wrong, as it was central, but lifted over the diving goalkeeper.

Referee points to the spot after Pessina pulls back Ricci in the box. It wasn’t the biggest shirt tug in the world and the ball had already gone over.

Ooh! Messias gathers the Gudmundsson pass and curler from the edge of the D is INCHES wide!

There’s a fine line between brave and dumb, and Di Gregorio trod it carefully there when dribbling Duvan Zapata.

Lirola and Soule combine, angled drive across the face of goal.

Ooh that was close! Dany Mota Carvalho cross, Djuric header skims the far post!

Malinovskyi looks like he just pulled a hamstring. Did it all by himself, which is never reassuring.

It didn’t look THAT different to the penalty Genoa received earlier. As with that one, VAR seems to just leave it to the referee.

Vogliacco diving tackle on Cheddira in the penalty area. Referee lets play continue, but that was very risky. VAR looking at it.

Okereke low finish off the outside of the boot, Di Gregorio gets down quickly to push it away.

Torino threaten, free kick finds the head of Alessandro Buongiorno and Di Gregorio has to make a tricky save!

Colpani cross for the Andrea Carboni header, plucked out from under the bar.

He turned his left ankle during that accidental collision with Okoli and is back on the ground.

Wonderful Rodriguez long ball over the top, Duvan Zapata controls, shakes off Pablo Mari, but Di Gregorio comes rushing out to narrow the angle.

Malinovskyi from distance, smothered by Turati, but Retegui and Okoli were both looking at the ball when they ran into each other. Accident, but Retegui came off worse.

Again a pull-back from the right by Vlasic, but Lazaro strike is charged down.

Another Brescianini shot after a strong move, again Di Gregiorio is ready.

Genoa striker booked for a late lunge, will be suspended against Verona.

They nearly turn the game around, ferocious strike from Brescianini and Di Gregorio has his gloves stung to push it away!

Soule sends Zortea down the right, he pulls it back from the by-line and Reinier is unmarked to sweep in from nine yards with his right boot!

Colpani shot deflected just wide! It was curling towards goal, hit Ricci on the heel and went inches off target!

Frosinone well-worked attacking move, but Soule’ finish is ballooned over the bar. That’s the second he has missed.

Iceland international sends Turati the wrong way to drill hard and low into the near bottom corner.

Hmm. Not entirely confident about that one. Gudmundsson bursts into the box, sandwiched between two, Okoli makes the tackle and miiiiight get the ball maybe? It’s not very clear.

Big Tameze tackle on Monza forward Colpani, who was about to shoot.

Vasquez again surges forward and fires over the bar.

Another Bellanova low cross from the right, Duvan Zapata again blocked off by Izzo.

Roll across from the right, Duvan Zapata manages to turn and shoot, but Izzo flings himself in the way.

Matias Soule turns between two, dribbles past another and fires over.

Daniel Maldini right-foot curler charged down in the penalty area.

Gudmundsson shot charged down in the box after a long Genoa passing move.

How did that not go in?! On a Genoa corner, Vasquez header thumps the crossbar, then Sabelli follow-up header acrobatically palmed out from under the bar by Turati!

It harks back to the 1990s with massive yellow Kappa on the sleeves.

Bellanova cross flapped away with difficulty by Di Gregorio. Colpani then scuffs the finish straight at VMS.

14:02 We have kick-off in Torino vs. Monza

14:02 We have kick-off in Genoa vs. Frosinone!

A minute’s silence before every game this weekend after the death of Fiorentina director Joe Barone.

Very, very, VERY loud jeers from the Napoli fans.

Simeone with a smart lifted pass to the back post, Di Lorenzo fires over, but Osimhen is fuming, he wanted the assist.

Koopmeiners give and go with Ruggeri, holds off Juan Jesus and places a precise snooker shot of an angled drive into the far bottom corner!

Corner fired off target, but not by much. Time running out, though.

Miranchuk got away there with a dribble, Di Lorenzo took one for the team.

These are two great goalkeepers. Osimhen again beats Osimhen for a scorcher on the half-volley, but Carnesecchi flies to beat it away. Osimhen visibly furious! Koopmeiners booked for a foul.

Through ball from Simeone for Osimhen, who does get his toes there before Hien, but Carnesecchi sticks out a boot to parry!

Lookman shakes off Rrahmani and the curler is palmed away by Meret with difficulty.

Simeone on for Anguissa. Osimhen finally beats Hien, but not the other defender, then header over from the corner.

Roll across from the right for Lookman, who stumbles when trying to control the ball, so Miranchuk scuffs the finish instead and Meret palms it away with difficulty using his trailing hand.

Scalvini off, Toloi on. He’s walking, which is slightly reassuring, but seemed to pull something there.

Osimhen header flicks on for Lindstrom in the penalty area, but Scalvini gets there first and at full stretch prods it off his foot. He had to turn his leg in a rather odd way to do that and is clutching his hamstring.

Kolasinac, who is on a yellow card and just made a rather avoidable challenge, replaced for his own good by Djimsiti.

Napoli attack with a through ball, De Roon might help, might hinder with his touch on the pass, Carnesecchi has to hoof it clear.

Zappacosta, Scamacca and Pasalic off, Ruggeri, Koopmeiners and Lookman on.

Atalanta corner comes to Scalvini, who dribbles in the box, but Anguissa makes an important tackle. Zappacosta then goes down clutching the inside of his left thigh/knee.

GENERAL CHAOS. Zielinski on the volley with his weaker left foot thumps the inside of the far post, it comes back to Lobotka, whose shot from the edge of the area is deflected off Osimhen, Carnesecchi scrambles across to fingertip it onto the other upright!

Atalanta make a mess of that corner, Napoli counter, so Kolasinac takes one for the team and brings down Mario Rui in no uncertain terms.

Scamacca back-heel flick to Pasalic, who finds Ederson, the curler is charged down for a corner.

Just needed a minute and some cold water.

12:38 Ngonge does not look well

He was really not expecting that clearance full on in the head from close range and is visibly dazed. He just came on. Can’t even stand up, he’s very shaky.

Crowd is sarcastically cheering and applauding what they see as the ‘rare’ occasions Napoli given a foul. Bit much. Also, Zappacosta snapshot straight at Meret, then Zielinski lets it bounce, but is cut off by De Roon and Hien. Ngonge accidentally charged down the Hien clearance with his face and is visibly very, very wobbly.

Ngonge and Zielinski on, Raspadori and Traore off.

Promising through ball into the box, but De Roon is ready to clear and that’s the half-time whistle.

Scamacca high press on Juan Jesus works, as he wins it back, combines with Miranchuk and drills into the far bottom corner from outside the box! Again, Napoli wanted a foul for an earlier push, but again they need more than that to disallow a goal.

Hien is proving a very smart pick in defence by Gasperini, because he’s physically very similar in structure to Osimhen and this is a great battle. So far, Hien is winning.

Politano cross for Osimhen, Hien is there to clear.

First booking of the game goes to Victor Osimhen for dissent, he was a bit too obvious telling the referee where to go…

Not to be outdone, Atalanta have a triple opportunity. Pasalic springs the offside trap, Meret rushes out to push it off his feet, then does the same on Kolasinac, before the third attempt is blasted over. Those were risky saves!

Through ball for Osimhen, Carnesecchi comes flying out to make the save, then the follow-up is basically cleared off the line by Scalvini!

Slightly chaotic move. Cross from the left from Zappacosta, Hateboer nods it down, so does Scamacca, Pasalic tries and fails to score at the back post, it ends up falling into the path of Miranchuk to tap in from six yards. Napoli wanted it disallowed for a push, but that would’ve been awfully weak.

Through ball for Di Lorenzo, he can’t quite get control of it, then Atalanta attack interrupted by Anguissa.

Meret has to be at full stretch to fingertip a dangerous cross off the head of Ederson at the back post. At the other end, Hien then in a really physical battle to stop Osimhen getting control of a Raspadori cross.

Hateboer a bit late on Mario Rui, they collide heavily. That’s going to leave a bruise on the Napoli man’s ankle.

Corner not cleared effectively, floated back in and Osimhen can beat Ederson to the diving header, but not enough power to beat Carnesecchi.

What a lovely bit of skill! Controls a cross with his chest, then flicks it up over Hateboer and pulls back from the by-line, blocked for anotehr corner.

Di Lorenzo breaks down the right and wins a corner, Napoli have woken up after a sluggish start.

Better from Napoli, Traore squirms into the box, rides one tackle, but not the second from Hien.

La Dea have definitely started stronger so far, very high press.

Aleksei Miranchuk surges through the centre onto a slide-rule pass and his finish beats Meret only to bounce off the base of the upright!

11:31 We have kick-off in Napoli vs. Atalanta!

A minute’s silence – and applause – before kick-off for Fiorentina director Joe Barone. His heart attack is why Atalanta’s game with the Viola was called off last round.

11:28 The teams take the knee

During the Lega Serie A anthem – again, that’s a very pointed time to do it rather than before kick-off – both Napoli and Atalanta players take the knee.

11:26 Out come the teams

On the side of the pitch, the speaker Decibel Bellini, actor Marco D’Amore and Under-15 Napoli player Mane Seik combine to read out Napoli’s own anti-racism manifesto, concluded by inviting the whole crowd to shout ‘no to racism’ together. In Italian, unlike the Lega Serie A one which for reasons unknown is in English.

Following the Francesco Acerbi verdict, Napoli are refusing to participate in the official Serie A ‘Keep Racism Out’ campaign and are instead launching their own.

Kvaratskhelia and De Ketelaere were already out, and Koopmeiners is not passed fit to start either after injuries on international duty.

Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s five Serie A games, including Napoli-Atalanta, Lazio-Juventus and Fiorentina-Milan.

As it is the Easter weekend, the Week 30 fixtures are played on the Saturday and Monday.

We begin at 11.30 GMT with Napoli-Atalanta a head-to-head for European football.

New Lazio coach Igor Tudor makes his debut against Juventus at 17.00 GMT.

Finally, an emotional night at the Stadio Franchi in Fiorentina-Milan, the first game since the death of Viola director Joe Barone.

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