Another superb weekend of Serie A action was capped off with the jewel in its crown on Sunday evening as supporters were treated to a thrilling Milan Derby. Inter took the three points with a 3-2 victory on the night, but it was a game packed with superb displays from fans inside the stadium as well as end-to-end action and incident.
What follows is a look at the top five performers from the weekend.
Stefano Sturaro (£0.67)
On loan from Juventus, it took midfielder Stefano Sturaro just two minutes from his introduction as a 70th minute substitute to fire in versus his parent club. That would give home side Genoa a shock 1-0 lead, a scoreline which would double thanks to a goal from veteran striker Goran Pandev as Juve succumbed to their first defeat of the season.
Dries Mertens (£1.48)
How Belgian international Dries Mertens will have enjoyed finding the back of the net during Napoli’s 4-2 victory over Udinese on Sunday. After having fired in 28 goals during the 2016/17 campaign, the pint-sized forward was not having much scoring luck this term, his last strike way back in December 2018.
His first goal this year took his tally to nine under new boss Carlo Ancelotti, but his total of nine assists indicates that he is playing more of an overall team role this term.
Fabio Quagliarella (£1.22)
One man that is having no trouble in scoring is 36-year-old Fabio Quagliarella. Another goal and an assist in Sampdoria’s 5-3 win over Sassuolo puts the veteran two goals clear of Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of the Serie A scoring charts, and he is in no mood to stop anytime soon.
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Lautaro Martinez (£2.75)
At the beginning of the season, 21-year-old Argentine forward Lautaro Martinez probably didn’t expect to have been starting the Milan Derby over compatriot Mauro Icardi. Yet the March edition of that all-important match arrived and Icardi was still under a self-imposed playing strike after being stripped of the captaincy in February.
“I am very happy to be playing such a special game,” the Argentine told Inter TV. “We’ve got to give our all, because there is a great deal at stake this evening. We must make the most of our scoring opportunities, improving compared to some recent outings.”
Indeed, the youngster kept his promise and stepped in with ease, keeping his cool to score a penalty and provide an assist as Inter registered a surprise 3-2 victory over their neighbours.
Andrea Petagna (1.07)
23-year-old SPAL forward Andrea Petagna is a man in form. The striker was instrumental in the relegation battlers’ 2-1 win over Claudio Ranieri’s AS Roma on Saturday evening, calmly converting his spot-kick to give the Ferrara-based side the lead for the second time in the match.
That strike would mark his 11th of the campaign so far, and his sixth in the last nine matches, making this physical player one to look out for in the future.