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Plenty of penalties helped Immobile match scoring record

Plenty of penalties helped Immobile match scoring record

Helped by a rule change that led to more penalty kicks, Ciro Immobile matched the record for goals in a Serie A season with 36.

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ROME Helped by a rule change that led to more penalty kicks, Ciro Immobile matched the record for goals in a Serie A season with 36.

In his last match of the season, Immobile finished off an exchange with Adam Marui with one touch midway through the first half of a 3-1 loss at Napoli.

Current Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuan also scored 36 in 2015-16 while with Napoli, improving by one goal on the previous mark set by Gunnar Nordhal 66 years earlier.

However, while Higuan scored only three of his goals in 2015-16 with penalties, Immobile had 14 penalties this season around 40 percent of his total goals.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who finished second on this seasons scoring list with 31 to match Juventus club record, had 12 penalties.

The plethora of penalties was a product of a rule calling for involuntary handballs to be whistled as fouls.

The rule is expected to be revised for next season.

Immobile also sealed this seasons European Golden Shoe award.

Fabin Ruiz, Lorenzo Insigne and Matteo Politano scored for Napoli.

The loss saw Lazio finish in fourth place having trailed leader Juventus by just one point entering the break for the coronavirus pandemic.

INTER SECOND

Inter Milan sealed second place with a 2-0 win over high-scoring Atalanta, which hadnt been held to a clean sheet since November.

Danilo DAmbrosio scored with a header and Ashley Young found the target from outside the area in the opening 20 minutes.

Inter finished the season one point behind Juventus, which sealed its record-extending ninth straight title last weekend.

Atalanta finished third for the second straight season, four points behind Inter.

RONALDO RESTS

Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus strike partner Paulo Dybala were rested in a 3-1 home loss to Roma.

After Higuans opener, Roma struck back with a goal from Nikola Kalini and two from Diego Perotti.

Still, it was a celebratory night for Juventus, which received the Serie A trophy after the game inside the empty Allianz Stadium.

ZLATAN FOREVER

Despite playing only half the season, Zlatan Ibrahimovi became the oldest player to score 10 or more goals in a single Serie A season.

At age 38, Ibrahimovi played a role in all three of AC Milans goals in a 3-0 win over Cagliari, including a powerful shot of his own that made it 2-0.

Ibrahimovi also used his strength to hold off a defender and enable Rafael Leo to shoot from a sharp angle. The ball bounced off the post and rebounded off Ragnar Klavan for an own-goal.

For Milans final goal, Ibrahimovi set up Samu Castillejo.

Also, Sampdoria drew 1-1 at already-relegated Brescia.

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  • First Published: August 2, 2020, 3:09 AM IST
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