Serie A Team of the Week: Round 23 - Maxi Lopez changes AC Milan's fortunes & Hernanes scores stunner in Lazio's comeback victory

Goal.com picks the best performers from Italy's top flight as the winter transfer window signing boosted the Rossoneri's title bid and the Brazilian sparked a revival in Rome
Serie A

Team Of The Week:

Round 23

Table/Results


GOALKEEPER

Samir UJKANI
Novara
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Novara's historic 1-0 win over Inter at San Siro included an assured performance from Ujkani. The young Albanian denied Wesley Sneijder's curling first-timer early on before making a brilliant injury-time save to deny Giampaolo Pazzini's shot on the turn from finding the back of the net, ensuring his side picked up their first away victory of the season in spectacular circumstances.
DEFENDERS

Gianluca GRAVA
Napoli
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Andrea LISUZZO
Novara
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Luca ROSSETTINI
Siena
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Alessandro AGOSTINI
Cagliari
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With his first start at Stadio San Paolo in 13 months, Grava was sensational, snuffing out several of the Chievo attacks with consummate ease. Meanwhile, our centre-back partnership remains unchanged from Round 22: Lisuzzo earns a consecutive place in our best XI for his resolute and powerful showing against Inter. The 31-year-old was unbeatable in the air as the Nerazzurri sent in crosses looking for an equaliser, and Rossettini is alongside him, as he was also timely and focussed versus Roma, just like against Juventus the previous week. At left-back Agostini was relentless down the flank, getting forward to great effect to support his team-mates during their 2-1 win over Palermo.
MIDFIELDERS

HERNANES
Lazio
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Walter GARGANO
Napoli
TOTW Apps: 3


Alessandro GAZZI
Siena
TOTW Apps: 1

Lazio looked dead and buried after going down to 10 men and trailing 2-0 to Cesena, but Hernanes' powerful effort from the edge of the area got his side back into the game and 'Il Profeta' showcased incredible work-rate and determination to drag his team to an eventual 3-2 victory. Further south in Naples, Gargano was the engine-room in Napoli's midfield, contributing heavily in both attack and defence and Siena's Gazzi was also a busy-body, stopping Roma from taking the upper hand as Giuseppe Sannino's men earned an unexpected and narrow victory.

FORWARDS

Pablo BARRIENTOS
Catania
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Mauricio PINILLA
Cagliari
TOTW Apps: 1


MAXI LOPEZ
AC Milan
TOTW Apps: 1

The Etnei's 4-0 drubbing of Genoa starred Barrientos, the winger finishing well in front of goal to record a double at Stadio Angelo Massimino. Pinilla haunted his former team with an energetic display, turning in Victor Ibarbo's cross for the opener and proving a handful for the Palermo defence during a 2-1 victory.

Finally, Maxi Lopez turned the match around in favour of Milan in Friuli. With his side trailing 1-0, the winter signing came off the bench to tuck away a rebound before setting up Stephan El Shaarawy's close-range winner.