The stand out fixture of the midweek Serie A list undoubtably was at the San Siro where the defending champs Juventus faced league leaders Milan. The Bianconeri took apart the Rossonerri in the best first half they have played all season.Chiesa struck twice either side of Milan’s Calabria. He would have had a hat trick had his chest and volley kick not ricocheted off the post. He reminds me of a younger Ronaldo flying on either flank for Man United in the early 2000s. Ante Rebic tested positive for covid and Portuguese youngster Leao was the striker for the day. He proved to be a handful for the Juve defence and played a role in setting up Calabria’s goal.American sub McKennie put the icing on the cake after great work by Kulusevski another sub. Milan remain top by default profiting from City rivals Inter’s surprise defeat at Sampdoria. Juve are now back in title contention on 4th place 7 points adrift of the ROSSONERRI.
Which brings me to the match in Genoa between Sampdoria and Inter.Ex Inter starlet Keita Balde came back to haunt his former side with a goal just before half time. In the early stages it was Inter who were doing most of the probing. A ridiculous penalty decision threatened to ruin an otherwise entertaining encounter. But VAR IS KING is the saying these days. Justice prevailed when Samp keeper Audero saved the resultant spot kick from Alexis Sanchez.The decision that led to Sampdoria’s penalty was more clear cut. A blatant handball just inside the box by Barella although Inter might argue he was too close to the ball.The old Inter boy Candreva slotted past Slovenian Handanovic to give the home side the lead.Dutch defender Stafan De Vrij got the Inter consolation.In Naples, Napoli suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at home to struggling newcomers Spezia. What is more shocking is that they took the lead early in the second half through Petagna only to lose the game against ten man no less.