Outside90’s top five Serie A performers – Matchday 36

Outside90’s top five Serie A performers – Matchday 36

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Outside90’s Joshua Scarcella casts an eye over the five best individual performances to come from the midweek Serie A action.

Francesco Bardi (Milan vs Frosinone)

The on-loan Inter Milan shot-stopper only had one chance to showcase his talents in a Cope Del Rey match against the one and only Barcelona, before being moved onto Frosinone as backup for Nicola Leali.

Bardi took his chance with both hands against Milan as Leali missed the match with the flu. The 24-year-old made eight saves for the match, the highlight a penalty save against Mario Balotelli, whose spot kick record is almost perfect.

Key Stats

Eight Saves

One Saved Penalty

Hernanes (Juventus vs Carpi)

The Brazilian’s limited opportunities this season would cause many players of the current generation to lose their drive to compete for a first team place. Luckily for Hernanes, a number of injuries to Claudio Marchisio has given another ex-Inter Milan midfielder a chance to contribute to i Bianconeri’s fifth consecutive Scudetto.

His influence on the match against Carpi is proven most by the possession stat, the home side holding 72%, with the majority of the play passing through the 30-year-old.

A wonderful goal from outside the box, capped off with a celebratory backflip, was the highlight of the day from Hernanes.

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Key Stats

92% Passing Accuracy

Three Interceptions

Two Clearances

Three Dribbles

One Shot on Target

One Goal

Afriyie Acquah (Udinese vs Torino)

Despite not playing a staring role in the team, Acquah has contributed to his fair share of points accumulated during the season by Torino, utilised mostly in Giampiero Ventura’s 3-5-2 formation.

A workman-like performance in his side’s huge win over Udinese has sent a clear message to the club in the hope of giving him another chance next season, scoring a bullet of a goal after being too strong for Edenilson.

It was perhaps his defensive efforts which were the most impressive. On a number of occasions, he nullified counter-attacking opportunities by the home side.

Key Stats

81% Passing Accuracy

Three Interceptions

Three Dribbles

Three Key Passes

One Shot on Target

One Assist

One Goal

Franco Vazquez (Palermo vs Sampdoria)

It has been a difficult season for the 27-year-old, both personally and for Palermo. Vazquez’s 2014-15 campaign saw him shine next to his great friend Paulo Dybala, but since Dybala’s departure, the Italian has found it difficult to recapture his form.

A solid performance against Sampdoria not only gave his team the three points, but also put Palermo in the box seat to retain a Serie A position next season.

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His forward pressure was outstanding in this fixture and it was the reason for his goal, catching the Sampdoria defence by surprise and running the ball past Emiliano Viviano.

Key Stats

62% Passing Accuracy

Five Tackles

Six Dribbles

One Shot on Target

One Goal

Josef Martinez (Udinese vs Torino)

It is hard to go past Martinez for the best performer of the week. His two goals displayed some fancy footwork in the box followed by a smart finish to add insult to injury.

The 22-year-old also contributed for Andrea Belotti’s solo run goal, showing his awareness of the situation at hand. Opportunity has been scarce for Martinez, but with Ciro Immobile injured, he has scored three goals in his last three appearances. A great confidence boost to finish the season.

Key Stats

86% Passing Accuracy

Three Dribbles

Two Shots on Target

One Assist

Two Goals

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