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Top 5 Moments of Week 14 in Serie A

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Week 14 of Serie A: Top Five Moments

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With two more matches to play on Monday, the Serie A Week 14 has been highly entertaining for the fans. Thanks to Roma's 1-1 draw to Atalanta, Juventus took the opportunity to increase its points advantage over the Giallorossi by earning the 1-0 victory over Udinese with a late goal by Fernando Llorente. Despite now being three points behind the Bianconeri, Roma had the merit of maintaining the unbeaten record of the season of 10 wins and four ties in 14 matches.

After the convincing 3-0 win in Champions League against Celtic, AC Milan took another step toward resurrection by winning 3-1 over Catania, who is last in the standings, with goals by captain Riccardo Montolivo, Mario Balotelli and Kaka. The Rossoneri are now ninth in the standings with 17 points.

On the other hand, the worst Inter of the season gave two points away by conceding a late equalizer to Renan Fernandes Garcia, who allowed Sampdoria to achieve an extremely important point in its fight against relegation at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium. The 1-1 final ruined the party for Erick Thohir, who attended the game for the first time as Inter's new owner. For the Blucerchiati and their new manager Sinisa Mihajlovic, the draw could represent a new beginning.

Without many surprises, the two Saturday games, Parma-Bologna and Genoa-Torino, ended in 1-1 ties. Nevertheless, the surprise was Chievo Verona's convincing 3-0 victory over Livorno. With Eugenio Corini as the new coach, the Gialloblu are on their way to get out of the relegation zone.

On Monday, Week 14 will close with Fiorentina-Verona and Lazio-Napoli.

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5. Cagliari's Crucial Comeback vs. Sassuolo

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With two late goals by Nene and Marco Sau, Cagliari prevented a heavy home defeat against Sassuolo, after the Neroverdi had been dominating the game with two early goals in the first 20 minutes of the game. Thanks to the tie, Cagliari maintains the one-point advantage over Sassuolo, who is only two points above the relegation zone.

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4. Morgan De Sanctis Returns to Earth

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The huge mistake by Morgan De Sanctis that led to Atalanta’s goal symbolizes Roma’s return to earth after a magnificent beginning of the season, in which the goalkeeper achieved the record of 744 minutes without conceding any goals. Even though the record was stopped by Alessio Cerci in Torino-Roma of three weeks ago, the 36-year-old still hasn’t suffered any defeat so far in the season.

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3. The Mario Balotelli-Nicolas Spolli Incident

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The incident between Mario Balotelli and Nicolas Spolli unfortunately represents one of the top moments of the Serie A weekend. Prosecutors still have to determine whether or not the 23-year-old actually suffered racial abuse. On the good side, both AC Milan and Catania managers, Massimiliano Allegri and Luigi De Canio, handled the situation well in the post-match press conference.

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2. Fernando Llorente's Redemption

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After the negative start to the season in which he struggle to adapt to Juventus' system, Fernando Llorente has finally taken a significant role in the team. With recent great performances and decisive goals, the 2010 World Cup winner has finally conquered the hearts of the Bianconeri fans. The game-winning goal against Udinese is the prize he deserves after the hard work. Juventus has found its so-called top player.

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1. Antonio Cassano's Rebirth

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In his intermittent career, it has been demonstrated that Antonio Cassano will always rely on motivations. Depending on the environment that he's surrounded by, his performances could either be extremely positive or equally negative. At Parma, the 31-year-old seems to have found his motivation again and has become a leader for his teammates. Certainly, thanks to his latest performances, Cassano has valid reasons to aspire to play in the World Cup.