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In this week’s review section, we look back at stories from Serie A, La Liga and the Liverpool-Manchester United game. You can listen to these and other stories on our weekly podcast and can find explanations of key vocabulary in bold below, or highlighted in blue.
Italian football fans suffered last weekend as there were only a total of 14 goals scored in the Serie A programme, with half of the ten games ending in nil-nil draws. The scoreless draws occurred in the games between Cesena and Fiorentina, Genoa versus Lecce, Cagliari against Siena, Udinese away at Atalanta and leaders Juventus against Chievo. An anomaly or has Italian football regressed to its bad old days of defensive football?
featured the usual suspects: We looked at / focused on the same old teams
nil-nil draws: 0-0
An anomaly: A one off, a deviation from the rule, something different
regressed: Returned to; gone back to
has ensured: Has meant
to be sanctioned: To be punished
allegations : Accusations