- Milan stay 6th, for now, but lose to bottom-place Benevento
Stat of the day:
- SPAL and Roma both get exactly half of their shots on target
Milan (6th before the day’s games) vs Benevento (20th)
Milan lost to Serie A’s bottom-placed side and missed an opportunity to increase the gap ahead of their European-spot challengers. They stay 6th on 54 points.
The win kept survival a mathematical, but not realistic, possibility for Benevento. They are 12 points off SPAL in 17th (17 points to 29) with four games to go and would have to make up the goal difference deficit of -49 to -25.
After going up through Pietro Iemmello, Benevento were clearly content to sit back, while Milan produced chances but couldn’t turn any to goals.
Giacomo Bonaventura had the odd accolade of being Milan’s – and the match’s – leading shooter (5 shots, 4 on target) and tackler (4 successful of 5 attempted).
Benevento’s Berat Djimsiti and Alin Tosca both made 3 blocks, and Tosca also led the game for blocked crosses (2) and clearances (14), the latter a large gap over the next highest player – teammate Bacary Sagna on 6.
Cristian Zapata had a busy game in the centre of midfield for Milan. He led the game in ball recoveries (15) by a margin of 5 over teammate Leanardo Bonucci, as well as being =2nd in take-ons (2/2) and 4th in the game for final third passes (16/17).
SPAL (17th) vs Roma (4th)
Roma kept up the pace in the race for the Champions League with a win over relegation threatened SPAL.
After today’s games, SPAL now hover a place and a point above the relegation zone on 29 points, with Crotone below them having a game in hand.
In a quirk of football, both teams got exactly half of their shots on target, but SPAL could only manage 16% of their total passes in the final third.
Radja Nainggolan and Stephan El Shaarawy drove Roma’s attack with 5 shots apiece. Three of El Shaarawy’s were on target, the most of a single player in the game, while Nainggolan only hit the target with his goal.
The pair also created two chances apiece and Nainggolan joint-led the final third passes in the match (15/23) with team-mate Bruno Peres (15/19).
Sassuolo (13th) vs Fiorentina (8th)
Sassuolo move closer to the safety of midtable with a win against Fiorentina, in a blow to the Florentines’ hopes of European football.
Sassuolo now sit 13th on 37 points, 9 above the drop zone; Fiorentina are 9th on 51, 3 points below Milan who occupy the last European qualifying position of 6th.
Fiorentina’s struggles will have been heavily influenced by the dismissal of Bryan Dabo for two yellows. However, they still only managed 23% of their passes to come in the final third, and only 17% of their shots on target.
Goalscorer Matteo Politano led the game with five shots, three on target (nearest: Fiorentina’s Giovanni Simeone with 2 shots, 1 on target). He also led the game in interceptions with 4.